Premature ejaculation is a common sexual problem that may have a significant negative effect upon an individual’s or a couple’s well-being. It may cause psychological, emotional and relationship distress, which in some cases is severe. It is a sexual health issue that may impair the well-being of both the affected man and his partner; it should not be considered trivial or unimportant.
The causes of premature ejaculation have not been definitively identified, but there is robust evidence that genetic and physiological factors are important in some affected men. In some men, psychological and relationship factors may also play an important role.
Men should be able to have their concerns regarding premature ejaculation evaluated and treated by healthcare professionals with medical, psychological and behavioural interventions, used individually or in combination, as patient and professional agree is most appropriate.