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Premature ejaculation stigma
[Posted: Tue 11/05/2004 www.irishhealth.com]
By Deborah Condon
Up to 30% of men throughout the world are commonly affected by premature ejaculation, yet the condition remains a taboo subject in virtually every culture, according to new research.
The research, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, found that ejaculating earlier than desired is one of man's most underestimated sexual problems. It is more common than erectile dysfunction (impotence) and can affect men at any point in their lives.
"Premature ejaculation is a frequent and distinct medical condition that can severely impact quality of life, affecting the physical and emotional well-being of patients and their partners, said Dr James H. Barada, a urologist at the Centre for Male Sexual Health in New York.
Most men however, are reluctant to talk about the condition with their doctors or partners, he added.
The meeting heard from a scientific working group which had looked at whether changing the name of the condition would help increase awareness and reduce the stigma attached to it.
The group found that the term, premature ejaculation, was universally recognised and well-understood by both men and their partners. Changing the name, the group concluded, would only lead to confusion and would require extensive re-education.
The meeting also heard from researchers who investigated why premature ejaculation remains so stigmatised, despite the fact that it is a well-known condition.
According to Dr Andrew R. McCullough of the New York University Medical Centre, one of the reasons might be the broad impact that the condition has on many aspects of a man's life, leaving him with feelings of embarrassment and inadequacy.
Dr McCullough's research indicates that men with poor control over ejaculation tend to be less satisfied with sex overall, suffering more difficulties with sexual anxiety and arousal, compared to men without the condition.
His research found that men with premature ejaculation reported a number of other problems, for example 34% said they had difficulty in becoming sexually aroused, 31% had difficulty relaxing during intercourse and 28% had a low interest in actually having sex.
"These studies highlight that male sexual health encompasses less acknowledged medical conditions, beyond erectile dysfunction", Dr McCullough said.
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|Anonymous Posted: 03/05/2005 13:58|
|I have tried using the squeeze technique to overcome the problem but with no luck. I have a new girlfriend now and am anxious to sort this problem out before I have sex with her. Would you recommend any drug to help the problem or should i see a counsellor/doctor?|
|Amax Posted: 11/02/2009 17:40|
I would suggest you should definately consult a doctor. It's better to be safe then SORRY.
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