Premature ejaculation (PE) can impact on men’s lives in several ways, both physically and mentally.
The tragedy is that often those affected are reluctant to seek medical or therapeutic help and continue to suffer in silence. They may feel alienated and depressed and avoid intimacy or romantic relationships altogether. They may withdraw physically and mentally from a partner. This only serves to compound the problem and can lead to high stress levels, feelings of shame, low self-worth and depression.
According to a key study, little over a third of men with PE considered their state of health ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. In contrast, almost 50% of those without the condition reported favourable health.
Almost one third of men with PE included in the study had high blood pressure, heart burn and suffered excessive stress. A quarter reported little interest in sex or achieving orgasm.
Another recent survey of over 12,000 men also found that those with PE reported ‘little interest in sex’, ‘lack of orgasm’ and difficulties in achieving or maintaining an erection.
Needless to say, PE can have a profound effect on personal relationships. If one partner is disinterested in sex or unable to fully engage in intercourse, then it follows that the other may feel the brunt of this apparent ‘disinterest’ too.
Some women have reported feelings of anger and resentment because they feel rejected.
Although sex isn’t a priority for every couple, for many it’s a process which promotes deep and intimate bonding. When long-term sexual dysfunction is evident the fabric that binds the couple together may well become compromised.
Further afield, once depression and low self-esteem become accompanying factors, relationships with friends, relatives, even a man’s focus at work may deteriorate.
PE is a significant and treatable health issue. If you think either you – or your partner – have this not uncommon condition, we’d encourage you to seek medical and therapeutic support.