Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction


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PE has been linked with other male sexual dysfunctions or disorders including erectile dysfunction (impotence).

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a sexual dysfunction in which men are unable to produce or maintain an erection, leading to difficulties engaging in sexual intercourse.  Its onset usually occurs in older men with those over 60 four times more likely to develop the condition than men in their 40s.  There are several factors that can cause erectile dysfunction including certain diseases, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, surgery and some drugs (including nicotine).  The treatment for erectile dysfunction depends on its cause and there are different options available to you.  Where erectile dysfunction is caused by a health condition such as diabetes or heart disease, it is necessary to deal with the underlying disorder first.  Some cases of erectile dysfunction will require no further treatment of the dysfunction itself because it will get better on its own once the cause is eradicated.  Should treatment be required, it may involve: lifestyle changes such as giving up smoking or reducing stress, drugs which increase penile blood flow (phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors), psychological treatment, vacuum therapy using a device, or surgery as a last resort.  It is important to visit your GP if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction so that they may rule out any underlying health condition as the cause.

Erectile dysfunction and its link with premature ejaculation

Erectile dysfunction has been linked with PE.  Men are more likely to have both of these sexual dysfunctions if they have Secondary PE which has been acquired later in life as opposed to having lifelong PE (Primary).  Studies have found that men with erectile dysfunction often also experience limited control over ejaculation and vice versa.  Suffering from both PE and erectile dysfunction can be debilitating to your self esteem and sexual relationships.  Treatment of erectile dysfunction should be carried out in conjunction with treatment for PE to maximise effectiveness in improving both dysfunctions.  Additionally, those with just PE should consider that not treating PE has been found to be a primary cause for developing erectile dysfunction sometime later in life.


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