Premature Ejaculation Prevalence by Age

Premature Ejaculation - Common Myths Debunked

Premature ejaculation - and ejaculation in general - is complex and not well understood. As a result, there are numerous beliefs about PE that are either not true nor backed up by scientific evidence.  Below are the most common myths about PE along with the best facts available along with numerous resources for learning more about PE from medical institutions.

Myth #1 - PE is for Young Men Only

This is biggest of the myths of premature ejaculation. Data from the Journal of Sexual Medicine shows roughly equal prevalence by age amoung sexually active men. Our own data (see pie chart) shows that the age of our customers (based on a random survey) shows no skew towards young men.

Penis Sensitivity MapMyth #2 - The Cause of PE is Primarily Psychological

This misperception has been around as long as anyone can remember. However, there has never been a legitimate medical study that proves the psychological origins of premature ejaculation. What the medical studies have shown is that PE is caused by one of two common neuro-biological conditions: (1) higher than normal penis sensitivity or (2) reduce serotonin levels in the brain.  That's why selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Priligy and dapoxetine work for men with premature ejaculation.

Myth #3 - Uncircumcised Men Have Higher Rates of PE

It has long been thought that men that have been circumcised at birth have their penis exposed to constant rubbing against undergarments which slowly decreases penile sensitivity. And thereofre, decreases the likelihood of having PE. However, countries where circumcision is common (e.g. United States) do not have different rates of PE than countries with low rates of circumcision (e.g. Northern Europe), even when the cultures and religions are similar.  

General Information about Premature Ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation (PE), uncontrolled ejaculation either before or shortly after sexual penetration, is one of the most common male sexual conditions that probably affects most men at some point in their life. [Source: WebMD] While PE is a recognized medical condition with its own medical ICD-9 code of 302.7, its causes are still not entirely known. The role of psychological factors is decreasing as more research is done on penis sensitivity and the neurobiology of the ejaculation response becomes better understood. Hormonal problems, medication side effects, and inflammation can also be factors. New genetic research suggests that some men may be genetically predisposed to PE.


New research about PE is happening regularly but most medical websites only update their information every 2-3 years.Our About PE section of our website is updated regularly to provide you with the latest knowledge about this condition. We also explore treatment information including drugs, pills, herbs, natural remedies, behavioral methods, books and videos to ensure that the latest information - and misinformation - is available and can be easily understood. Other sections of our website provide a variety of infromation about human sexuality including sexual dysfunction as well as survey data and tips to last longer in bed.


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