Psychological Factors Of Premature Ejaculation

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Is Premature Ejaculation Caused by Psychological Factors?

We want to understand the folks who use our products, so we spend a lot of time doing market research — including reading posts on men’s health and sex forums all over the Internet.

There’s no single demographic that’s more susceptible to premature ejaculation, but if there’s one constant in our research, it’s that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about premature ejaculation. One of the most common misconceptions: that premature ejaculation is caused by a toxic mindset or negative attitudes.

People believe PE is “all in your head.”

Let me level with you: If you legitimately have premature ejaculation, putting on a happy face and making like the Little Engine That Could (“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”) isn’t going to magically cure you. PE and the male reproductive system are both a bit more complex than that.

What Causes PE?

Though experts actually haven’t discovered a definitive cause for premature ejaculation, they believe it could be caused by a number of factors, including high penile sensitivity, serotonin deficiency in the brain, and erectile dysfunction.

But Lisa Thomas, a certified clinical sex therapist, writes for Psychology Today that early sexual experiences and trauma can play a role in the onset of premature ejaculation, such as situations where you may have needed to hurry to climax before being discovered, or guilty feelings that forced you to rush through your sexual encounters.

It’s frustrating not to have a single culprit to blame all men’s PE on, but here’s what we do know: Premature ejaculation is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions out there, affecting nearly 30% of men worldwide. So while your PE may have you feeling isolated in the moment, know that you aren’t alone.

Premature Ejaculation's Psychological Effects

A literature review published in 2008 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reviewed 11 unique studies and evaluated their findings around the psychological and quality-of-life effects of PE. Their conclusion: “PE significantly negatively impacts men and their partners and may prevent single men from forming new partner relationships.”

A clinical review of premature ejaculation for general practitioners published in 2015 in Australian Family Physician described effects of “psychological distress, diminished self-esteem, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, reduced libido, and poor interpersonal relationships.”

It’s clear that while premature ejaculation is not caused purely by psychological factors, it can certainly introduce new psychological issues as a result.

Step back: Do you actually have PE?

But let’s rewind for a moment: What is premature ejaculation, really?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-V) defines PE as “a persistent or recurrent pattern of ejaculation occurring during partnered sexual activity within approximately 1 minute following vaginal penetration and before the individual wishes it.”

Beyond that simple definition, there are actually several types of premature ejaculation: lifelong, acquired, variable, and subjective.

Subjective PE is the most common type. Every man is different, but on average, men take about 5.5 minutes to reach orgasm from penetration and thrusting — and women take an average of 17 minutes. This is the arousal or orgasm gap.

Whether you have a premature-ejaculation diagnosis or simply believe you don’t last long enough in bed for you and your partner to truly enjoy sex, there are a lot of factors in play to give us doubts about our sexual stamina and overall worthiness.

Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help

If premature ejaculation or any sexual dysfunction is creating issues in your relationship — or, if you’re not in a committed relationship, simply causing you undue psychological stress — consider seeking out a therapist who specializes in sex — or trying Promescent Climax Control Spray.

Promescent delay spray travel size and standard size bottles
What Are You Waiting For?
Try Promescent and experience a boost in lasting power today. Recommended by over 2,200 Urologists and Sex Therapists as a first line treatment option - delivered discreetly to your door.

There’s nothing wrong with seeking professional help — and it doesn’t mean there’s “something wrong” with you.

According to the 2004 “Therapy in America” poll sponsored by Psychology Today and PacifiCare Behavioral Health, Inc., 22 percent of men sought mental health treatment from 2002 to 2004. At the time, men made up 37 percent of the total number of patients in therapy. The stigma around counseling to improve mental health has steadily declined in recent years, so we wouldn’t be surprised if that number has increased.

The American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) is a professional organization that certifies experts of this type — there are likely counselors in your area ready to help if you’re ready to ask for it.

Because (as we’ve established) premature ejaculation is not a purely psychological problem, a sex therapist will not be able to cure your premature ejaculation. But they will be able to talk through some of the underlying psychological issues, as well as your feelings about your PE, and help you move toward resolving them.

Read more about therapy and PE →

Plus, if you’re part of a couple, a sex therapist can meet with both partners to discuss PE’s impact on the relationship — and help uncover ways to lessen the strain that premature ejaculation may be putting on your sex life, and beyond.

A number of therapists suggest combination therapy, such as using Promescent Climax Control Spray alongside behavioral techniques.

Not Ready for Sex Therapy?

If you’re not ready to seek out a sex therapist — we get it, it’s a big step! — consider introducing an over-the-counter product like Promescent into your sex life to see what it does.

In our clinical study, almost three-quarters of participants said using our product made their sexual experience better. What are you waiting for?

Psychological Factors Of PE

man with head on computer researching psychological factors of premature ejaculation

Is Premature Ejaculation Caused by Psychological Factors?

We want to understand the folks who use our products, so we spend a lot of time doing market research — including reading posts on men’s health and sex forums all over the Internet.

There’s no single demographic that’s more susceptible to premature ejaculation, but if there’s one constant in our research, it’s that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about premature ejaculation. One of the most common misconceptions: that premature ejaculation is caused by a toxic mindset or negative attitudes.

People believe PE is “all in your head.”

Let me level with you: If you legitimately have premature ejaculation, putting on a happy face and making like the Little Engine That Could (“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”) isn’t going to magically cure you. PE and the male reproductive system are both a bit more complex than that.

What Causes PE?

Though experts actually haven’t discovered a definitive cause for premature ejaculation, they believe it could be caused by a number of factors, including high penile sensitivity, serotonin deficiency in the brain, and erectile dysfunction.

But Lisa Thomas, a certified clinical sex therapist, writes for Psychology Today that early sexual experiences and trauma can play a role in the onset of premature ejaculation, such as situations where you may have needed to hurry to climax before being discovered, or guilty feelings that forced you to rush through your sexual encounters.

It’s frustrating not to have a single culprit to blame all men’s PE on, but here’s what we do know: Premature ejaculation is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions out there, affecting nearly 30% of men worldwide. So while your PE may have you feeling isolated in the moment, know that you aren’t alone.

Premature Ejaculation's Psychological Effects

A literature review published in 2008 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reviewed 11 unique studies and evaluated their findings around the psychological and quality-of-life effects of PE. Their conclusion: “PE significantly negatively impacts men and their partners and may prevent single men from forming new partner relationships.”

A clinical review of premature ejaculation for general practitioners published in 2015 in Australian Family Physician described effects of “psychological distress, diminished self-esteem, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, reduced libido, and poor interpersonal relationships.”

It’s clear that while premature ejaculation is not caused purely by psychological factors, it can certainly introduce new psychological issues as a result.

Step back: Do you actually have PE?

But let’s rewind for a moment: What is premature ejaculation, really?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-V) defines PE as “a persistent or recurrent pattern of ejaculation occurring during partnered sexual activity within approximately 1 minute following vaginal penetration and before the individual wishes it.”

Beyond that simple definition, there are actually several types of premature ejaculation: lifelong, acquired, variable, and subjective.

Subjective PE is the most common type. Every man is different, but on average, men take about 5.5 minutes to reach orgasm from penetration and thrusting — and women take an average of 17 minutes. This is the arousal or orgasm gap.

Whether you have a premature-ejaculation diagnosis or simply believe you don’t last long enough in bed for you and your partner to truly enjoy sex, there are a lot of factors in play to give us doubts about our sexual stamina and overall worthiness.

Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help

If premature ejaculation or any sexual dysfunction is creating issues in your relationship — or, if you’re not in a committed relationship, simply causing you undue psychological stress — consider seeking out a therapist who specializes in sex — or trying Promescent Climax Control Spray.

Promescent delay spray travel size and standard size bottles
What Are You Waiting For?
Try Promescent and experience a boost in lasting power today. Recommended by over 2,200 Urologists and Sex Therapists as a first line treatment option - delivered discreetly to your door.

There’s nothing wrong with seeking professional help — and it doesn’t mean there’s “something wrong” with you.

According to the 2004 “Therapy in America” poll sponsored by Psychology Today and PacifiCare Behavioral Health, Inc., 22 percent of men sought mental health treatment from 2002 to 2004. At the time, men made up 37 percent of the total number of patients in therapy. The stigma around counseling to improve mental health has steadily declined in recent years, so we wouldn’t be surprised if that number has increased.

The American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) is a professional organization that certifies experts of this type — there are likely counselors in your area ready to help if you’re ready to ask for it.

Because (as we’ve established) premature ejaculation is not a purely psychological problem, a sex therapist will not be able to cure your premature ejaculation. But they will be able to talk through some of the underlying psychological issues, as well as your feelings about your PE, and help you move toward resolving them.

Read more about therapy and PE →

Plus, if you’re part of a couple, a sex therapist can meet with both partners to discuss PE’s impact on the relationship — and help uncover ways to lessen the strain that premature ejaculation may be putting on your sex life, and beyond.

A number of therapists suggest combination therapy, such as using Promescent Climax Control Spray alongside behavioral techniques.

Not Ready for Sex Therapy?

If you’re not ready to seek out a sex therapist — we get it, it’s a big step! — consider introducing an over-the-counter product like Promescent into your sex life to see what it does.

In our clinical study, almost three-quarters of participants said using our product made their sexual experience better. What are you waiting for?

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