Ejaculation Disorders

Too fast, too slow, or not at all? An estimated 1 in 3 men has faced premature ejaculation, while up to 4% of men experience delayed ejaculation.

Here are the common types of ejaculation disorders:

Premature Ejaculation

Men with premature ejaculation find that their ejaculations always or nearly always occur too rapidly within a minute or so of vaginal penetration. They have difficulty delaying this ejaculation in most instances of vaginal penetration. This causes them and their partners significant distress and frustration. It can then lead to avoidance of sexual intimacy.

Premature ejaculation can be classified as acquired or lifelong. Men can acquire the condition at some point in their life, such as after a significant event or change. It can also be a lifelong issue, where they struggle with having very short duration of vaginal penetrative sex from the first time they engage in penile-vaginal sex.

Delayed Ejaculation

There are 2 types of delayed ejaculation, primary and secondary.

Primary delayed ejaculation applies to men who have always had difficulty ejaculating.

Secondary delayed ejaculation occurs in men who previously had no issues with intercourse but along the way developed this problem.
Delayed ejaculation can be caused by physical and psychological factors.

Physical factors include:
• Side effects from medications, especially antidepressants
• Alcohol and illicit drug use
• Nerve damage
• Pelvic injury
• Hormonal deficiencies like low testosterone

Psychological factors include:
• Mood disorders
• Relationship strains
• Performance anxiety
• Innate beliefs about sex – cultural or religious taboos

Don’t keep your ejaculation problems to yourself

If you’re struggling with ejaculation issues, don’t keep it to yourself and don’t continue to engage in intercourse that distresses you. Talk to us together with your partner so that the issue can be identified and addressed early.

Whether you’re suffering from premature or delayed ejaculation, the journey to recovery begins with treating the underlying cause, which may include assessment of:

Medication History

Masturbation Habits



Treatment For Ejaculation Disorders


For those who are undergoing treatment for erectile dysfunction, medication like Cialis, Viagra and Levitra can actually alleviate some of the problems with premature ejaculation.

Otherwise, dapoxetine and tramadol can be used to target premature ejaculation, while cabergoline (the same drug to help mothers to stop producing breast milk) has been used to treat delayed ejaculation.

Sex Therapy

There is increasing data showing that sex therapy can be more effective than medication to manage ejaculation disorders. This can help men and their partners work on psychological, emotional, and relationships issues that are either long-standing or a recent result stemming from the distress of ejaculation disorders.

Do note that this requires a longer term commitment to resolve this problem.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

If your ejaculation disorders are caused by a shortage of testosterone, you may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy, which can take place in the form of injections or gels.

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How is premature ejaculation diagnosed?

If couples define sex as the time period between penetration and ejaculation (also known as the latency period), then it might last just a few minutes when there is an issue of premature ejaculation. But if they include foreplay and other sexual activities such as massage and oral sex etc, the experience can last for a much longer period.

If the individuals are satisfied with the duration of vaginal penetrative sex, even if it lasts for just over a few minutes, then the couple does not have an issue as they are both satisfied with that duration of penetrative sex and it does not cause them distress or frustration.

However, in a couple setting where penetrative vaginal sex mostly occurs under a few minutes (eg 2-3 mins), and one or both partners are unsatisfied, bothered and negatively affected by this, then this can be classified as premature ejaculation.

It is helpful to have realistic expectations – typically, the normal time to ejaculation is between 5 to 7 mins.

Do drugs like Viagra help to manage premature ejaculation?

Yes! Common drugs for erectile dysfunction like Cialis, Viagra and Levitra can actually alleviate some of the problems with premature ejaculation. As these drugs provide men with stronger vigour of erection, they also reduce what many men call ”performance anxiety”. Since anxiety is often a concern for men with premature ejaculation, a man using drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra then find that not only are their erections stronger, they may also ‘last longer’.

Can delayed ejaculation be circumstantial?

Yes. Sometimes, it only occurs in specific circumstances, such as only with specific sex partners or it occurs with sexual intercourse with a partner but not with masturbation. A man who masturbates a certain way, with a specific intensity or speed that gets him off, might not reach that required threshold of stimulation during intercourse with a partner.

Does not ejaculating cause any problem?

For some men who suffer from delayed ejaculation, ejaculation cannot be achieved at all. While this condition does not pose any serious medical risks, it can be a source of stress and may create problems in your sex life and personal relationships.

Dr Jessherin Sidhu

Affectionately known to her patients as Dr Jess, Dr Jessherin Sidhu adopts a holistic approach to patient care. She is a firm believer that relationships, sexuality and sexual behaviour are factors that have a significant impact on overall health.

With her sex-positive and health-focused approach, Dr Jess encourages safe and open discussions of sexual health issues that extend beyond just treating diseases.

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