Ask the Doc: How can I stop premature ejaculation?

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How can I stop premature ejaculation?


The right way for you to stop premature ejaculation depends on what’s causing it.

Some people might have had premature ejaculation since their first sexual experience, whereas others develop it over time. Generally, if you’ve had premature ejaculation all your life, it probably can’t be cured, but it can be managed, so it’s not such a problem. If you’ve developed premature ejaculation, successful treatment of the underlying cause should fix the problem.

You’ll need to talk to a doctor to work out the cause of your premature ejaculation and the best treatment for you.

It’s unlikely your doctor will ask you about your sexual function unless there’s an obvious reason for talking about it, so you should just tell them that you’re having problems and you want help. They’ll ask you some questions and recommend what they think is right for you.

Read more about the treatment options for premature ejaculation here. 

A/Prof Tim Moss

Tim Moss

Biomedical research scientist

Associate Professor Tim Moss has PhD in physiology and more than 20 years’ experience as a biomedical research scientist. Tim stepped away from his successful academic career at the end of 2019, to apply his skills in turning complicated scientific and medical knowledge into information that all people can use to improve their health and wellbeing. Tim has written for and Scientific American’s Observations blog, which is far more interesting than his authorship of over 150 academic publications. He has studied science communication at the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science in New York, and at the Department of Biological Engineering Communication Lab at MIT in Boston.


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