Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Family Medicine


Elyse Watkins


Premature ejaculation is a common male sexual disorder that negatively impacts the health and quality of life of the man and his sexual partner. Premature ejaculation affects men of all ages and cultural backgrounds but only about 10% of men who experience symptoms may seek help. The negative impact of premature ejaculation may be even greater for single men because personal distress and embarrassment may discourage single men from seeking out new relationships. The recent development of updated guidelines with standardized definitions enhances the clinician’s capacity to identify and treat this debilitating condition. This article reviews the guidelines, diagnosis, and treatment for premature ejaculation.


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