What is Premature Ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is a men’s health issue that is generally defined as an experience where a man ejaculates sooner during sexual intercourse than he or his partner would like. Some studies have estimated that as many as 1 out of 3 men have experienced this problem at some time. If the problem occurs infrequently, it’s not cause for concern.

The medical criteria for premature ejaculation states that a man almost always ejaculates within one minute of penetration, and is not able to delay ejaculating on his own. Some men are so sensitive they ejaculate even before penetration. Others climax within seconds of entry.

The helpful answer, though, isn’t framed in terms of time. That’s because what’s “premature” for one couple may be just fine for another couple. It all depends on what you and your partner desire and expect. The best definition of premature ejaculation is any ejaculation that occurs sooner than desired, either before or shortly after penetration, causing distress and frustration to one or both partners.