What is the prevalence of relapse after successful treatment of premature ejaculation (PE)?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samuel G Deem, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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The problem with all treatments for premature ejaculation is that the relapse rate ranges from 20% to 50%, depending on the study cited; thus, the durability of the response can be questionable. Some males may need to make a long-term commitment to periodically repeating the behavioral techniques; long-standing habits can be difficult to modify.

Some men who achieve success with medical therapy (ie, SSRIs) might need to use the medication for the rest of their lives, just as some people with depression need lifelong antidepressant therapy to prevent repeated bouts of the disorder and many people with hypertension need lifelong antihypertensive therapy to control their blood pressure. Precise long-term failure rates are not well established and depend on the duration of follow-up for a particular cohort of patients.


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