Contributing Factors of Premature Ejaculation

There are 4 suggested causes of premature ejaculation, which include:

1.    Failure of the Learning Process

Premature EjaculationTraditionally Premature Ejaculation is considered to be due to a failure of the learning process. The Evolution Theory suggests that thousands of years ago ejaculation was predominantly seen as a reproductive mechanism. Intercourse had to occur regularly because life expectancy was short and infant mortality was high. Ejaculation had to be fast, due to the danger of being attacked whilst in the act of intercourse. Nowadays though, aside from a reproductive mechanism, sex is also seen as a social and relationship orientated act and people are having sex because it is pleasurable.

The majority of males between 18 and 25 learn to control ejaculation, which by nature is rapid and has to be unlearned. Approximately 90% of males learn this control spontaneously through sexual and masturbatory experiences.

2.    Anxiety

Anxiety is a major secondary cause, especially in the older male who has difficulty maintaining the erection. Premature Ejaculation can also lead to performance anxiety which can be responsible for maintaining the condition.

3.    Hyperactive Pelvic Muscle & Hypersensitivity

There is some evidence that some men with Premature Ejaculation have hyperactive pelvic muscles and hypersensitivity of the penile sensation.

4.    Neurobiological Phenomenon

Additionally recent research indicates the possibility of a neurobiological phenomenon related to central serotonergic neurotransmission and likely influenced by hereditary factors.


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