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What is premature ejaculation? 

Ejaculation (aka “cumming”) is when semen spurts out of the opening of the urethra in your penis, usually during sex or masturbation. Premature ejaculation is when you ejaculate (cum) before you want to — usually before your partner has an orgasm

Premature ejaculation is pretty common, especially for younger people. There’s nothing to worry about if it happens every once in a while. But it can be considered a medical issue if it happens more than half of the times you try to have sex.  

What causes premature ejaculation?

Nobody knows for sure what causes premature ejaculation, but it’s most likely psychological or emotional. Premature ejaculation isn’t caused by diseases, infections, or problems with your nervous system.

Are there premature ejaculation treatments? 

There are different treatments for premature ejaculation. Your nurse or doctor can help you decide which treatment may work best for you.

Treatment options include: 

  • Counseling or therapy, including things like sex therapy or stress reduction

  • Prescription medicine that can lengthen the time before orgasm 

  • Limiting your use of alcohol and other drugs 

  • Relaxation and breathing exercises

  • Timed masturbation exercises that include slowing and stopping to help you learn to stay hard (erect) without ejaculating

  • Masturbating with a partner 

  • Practicing sex with a partner where you “pause and squeeze”. This means that you stop having sex when you feel close to cumming and press behind the tip of your penis until the feeling goes away. Then you start having sex again.

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