Two of the most common sexual dysfunctions that affect a large percentage of men are Premature Ejaculation (PE) and Erectile Dysfunction (ED). The incidence of these conditions have been found to be equitably spread among all socio-economic groups and can affect men of all ages. Among the two, Premature Ejaculation or Rapid Ejaculation as it is commonly called is a far more commonly occurring condition affecting both younger and older men.
It has been estimated that more than 40% of men suffer from significant occurrence of PE. On the other side of the statistic, studies indicate that ED is more commonly associated with advancing age and can be caused by physical conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, kidney disease, certain medication among other things.
In the last few decades, significant advancements in treatment procedures and options have improved the outlook for both Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction. There however, still exists a certain level of stigma which is associated with these sexual dysfunctions. And while both conditions can be effectively managed with therapy and medication as well as with exercises, the number of men who actively seek out medical treatment is still very low.
Even today, a lot of misconception surrounds Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction primarily because these two sexual dysfunctions can and in a lot of instances do concurrently-occur. Hence it is not uncommon for a man suffering form ED to confuse his condition with PE and vice versa. Often times, over and above psychological conditions of anxiety and stress and or depression, the underlying triggers for both conditions can be biological in nature in which case medical intervention can be critical to an improvement in the condition or for a complete cure.
Are Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunctions Linked?
Because in most men who have been diagnosed with ED as a primary problem, the secondary concern in most instances is PE, the two are often thought to be mutually inclusive. Also because reduced or hampered blood flow, critical to achieve a penetrable erection, to the genital areas is one of the main reason for premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction, the logic of “one reason one problem” gets applied.
However, to answer the query of PE and ED being
linked, it is imperative to first understand the difference between Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is characterized by the inability of a man to get a penetrable erection. The cause for this can be manifold with the most likely culprits here being age as well as heart disease and diabetes, blood pressure, substance abuse and certain forms of treatment and medications. The condition if properly and timely diagnosed can be treated with certain medication and or a cocktail of different medications based on the patients health and his particular requirements.
Premature Ejaculation on the other hand is characterized by a man's inability to control his ejaculatory response in nearly all vaginal penetrations. And although the time line for establishing the existence of PE is rather ambiguous, a general definition of PE is when both partners agree over a partner climaxing too soon. While medications can provide a certain degree of relief in PE, the condition can be largely managed via therapy and exercises.
In a number of cases it was found that premature ejaculation occurred when the man was diagnosed with both acute and mild forms of erectile dysfunction. Likewise, men with erectile dysfunction who need constant penile stimulation to maintain a penetrable erection, it was found that the incidence of premature ejaculation tended to be high. In a lot of cases, especially where no medical intervention or treatment is sought, premature ejaculation
was found to be a leading cause behind the development of erectile dysfunction over a period of time. Because of this, the conditions are often thought to overlap and co-exist in a man even if the triggers for each case might be different.
Understand Your Erection Problem
Loss of an erection is a normal occurrence after ejaculation. A lot of men do not understand this concept well, which can lead them to think that they are suffering from erectile dysfunction when the real problem really is with premature ejaculation. Confusion on the part of the man while explaining his condition to a medical expert and failure on the part of the attending physician to carefully and completely investigate the conditions and symptoms as well as health history can lead to wrong diagnoses.
In cases where both premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction are found to be present, it is always advisable that treatment for ED be sought first. A lot of men who were treated for ED found that their PE was relatively rectified and or alleviated.
Psychological Trauma Of Sexual Incapacity
The psychological trauma associated with Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction can also aid in compounding the situation further. A lot of men with either Premature Ejaculation and or Erectile Dysfunction constantly battle the feelings of inadequacy and rejection. The sense of not being able to perform sexually and not being able to satisfy their partners is a mental handicap. In situations such as these, men with premature ejaculation will over a period of time develop erectile dysfunction as a secondary problem and vice-versa. The fear or anxiety of ejaculating prematurely is a major factor for men losing their erection too soon or being unable to achieve a penetrable erection in the first place. It is in these cases where the development of symptoms for both erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation can occur at the same time.
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