“Delayed Ejaculation” vs. “Delay Ejaculation”

While they may sound similar, “delayed ejaculation” is actually very different than wanting to “delay ejaculation.” Delayed ejaculation is a medical condition where a man either can’t, or has a very difficult time, ejaculating. In contrast, men who want to delay when they ejaculate often struggle with what’s known as premature ejaculation (PE). Both issues can cause extreme anxiety and frustration in the bedroom. We dive deeper into the differences between delayed ejaculation and delay ejaculation below.

Key Takeaways

What is Delayed Ejaculation?

Delayed ejaculation is when it takes a long time (sometimes defined as longer than 30 minutes) for a man to ejaculate. And in some cases, a man who experiences delayed ejaculation can’t ejaculate at all. Sometimes referred to as retarded ejaculation or impaired ejaculation, this condition can result from a variety of health problems, medications, substance abuse or even a mental health issue like stress or depression. It can also be a combination of several of these things.

It’s not uncommon for a man who is experiencing delayed ejaculation to end up in a vicious cycle. The condition itself can cause stress and anxiety, which makes the problem worse, which makes the stress and anxiety worse, which makes the problem worse…you can see where this is going...


Delayed ejaculation can be frustrating for both partners. There’s no specific time that defines or allows for a diagnosis of when a man is suffering from delayed ejaculation, but in general terms, if he is distressed or frustrated by his inability to climax, or if he has to stop sex as a result of fatigue, it’s pretty safe to say, he’s experiencing delayed ejaculation. There are a few symptoms beyond these. Some symptoms of delayed ejaculation are when a man:

  • Can’t achieve ejaculation
  • Has to stop sexual activity before ejaculating as a result of irritation from friction
  • Needs to stop sexual activity before ejaculating as a result of fatigue
  • Has to end sexual intercourse as a result of his partner’s request
  • Can only ejaculate during masturbation


Delayed ejaculation can be caused by many factors, and medication, physical, and psychological causes may all come into play. The following are some of the known potential causes of delayed ejaculation:


  • some high blood pressure meds
  • some antidepressants/antipsychotic meds
  • some diuretics
  • excessive amounts of alcohol
  • some anti-seizure meds


  • birth defects
  • injury
  • infection
  • retrograde ejaculation (where sperm is released the wrong direction, injecting into the bladder)
  • prostate surgery
  • neurological disease
  • hormonal condition


  • relationship issues
  • anxiety or depression
  • body image issues
  • religious and/or cultural taboos
  • difference between sexual fantasy vs reality 

What Does It Mean to Delay Ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation (PE) is the inability to delay orgasm. Some men may experience it every time they have sex, and nearly all men experience it in some form at one point or another in their life. Some men may already last longer, but still may wish they could control their orgasm better so they can finish after their partner has had the opportunity to climax. For almost every male, ejaculation delay is a primary concern if they suffer from regular or even just occasional premature ejaculation (PE).

Most men who have PE, or those who just want to make love longer, have one goal: to be able to delay when they ejaculate. Not being able to delay ejaculation is the most common male sexual complaint, affecting 20-30% of men regardless of age or where they live (Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2014).

How Can Men Delay Ejaculation?

Men use a variety of methods to delay ejaculation, including the start-stop method, squeeze technique or one of several sexual positions that provide less stimulation to the sensitive parts of the penis. The great news is that Promescent is effective for anyone who wants to take control and last longer in bed. No matter how long you currently last, you can experiment with the perfect dose to last longer and create an exciting new dynamic in the bedroom. Men have tried multiple methods to delay their ejaculation, including:

  • Exercise – like Kegels
  • Experimenting with different sexual positions
  • Behavioral therapy – such as start-stop and squeeze techniques
  • Delay spray
  • Pills – both herbal, available over-the-counter (OTC), and prescription
  • Creams
  • Wipes

The difference between delayed ejaculation and delaying ejaculation is pretty clear. Though these terms are sometimes confused, it’s easy to see how different they really are. Delayed ejaculation is simply when a man either takes an unusually long time to ejaculate or can’t achieve ejaculation at all, and to delay ejaculation is when a man tries to extend the amount of time he can have a sexual experience before ejaculating.

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