Difference between PE and ED

What’s the difference between premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction ?

What’s the difference between premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction?

Premature ejaculation is sometimes confused with erectile dysfunction, but they are very different. Erectile dysfunction is a condition where a man cannot achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Some men with erectile dysfunction rush orgasm in order to finish before their erection fails, but this is not premature ejaculation. It is important to note that the treatment is different for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

Studies in the Asia-Pacific region show that erectile dysfunction affects 5% of men. In contrast, 31% of men are affected some form of premature ejaculation.

Here’s a summary of the differences between premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.

Premature Ejaculation (PE) Erectile Dysfunction
Getting an erection No problem getting an erection suitable for sexual intercourse Difficulty in getting or keeping an erection suitable for sexual intercourse
Keeping an erection Penis remains erect until ejaculation Penis softens before ejaculation or before the end of intercourse
Ejaculation Ejaculation occurs before the man wants it to, with low feelings of control over ejaculation, causing distress Men may try to ejaculate quickly before an erection is lost or may ejaculate when soft
Who it affects Similar occurrence in men in a broad age group range More common in older men

If you are concerned that you might have premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction, or that your partner does, speak to your doctor. Make sure you are clear about the symptoms so that it will be easier for your doctor to understand the problem and recommend appropriate treatment.


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