Q&A with Your Doctor

Common questions about premature ejaculation answered by Professor Peter Lim, Senior Urologist and Medical Director of Andrology, Urology & Continence Centre at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore. Professor Lim is also the President of the Society for Men’s Health, Singapore

Is premature ejaculation a common medical condition in Asia-Pacific?

Premature ejaculation is considered to be the most common male sexual dysfunction. Based on the Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction Prevalence and Attitudes (PEPA) study of men in Asia-Pacific, 16% of respondents had premature ejaculation and 15% had probable premature ejaculation (as diagnosed by the Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool). Thus, about 31% of the males interviewed in Asia-Pacific have some form of premature ejaculation. 

I climax too fast during sex. Do I have premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is when a man ejaculates with little sexual stimulation and before the man wants. This can cause problems for the man and may cause problems in sexual relationships.

Do fill up the Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool (PEDT) questionnaire and talk to your doctor to interpret the results. It contains five questions to classify your probability of having premature ejaculation.

What forms of treatment are available?

Treatments for premature ejaculation include behavioral therapy and psychosexual therapy, sprays and creams, and prescription oral medications.

How can my partner and I address premature ejaculation together?

Communicate openly. Do not be shy and embarrassed. Keeping quiet can strain the relationship. See a family physician or urologist who can teach behavioral therapy.

How can women discuss premature ejaculation with their partners?

Be supportive and encouraging. Tell him you can help him overcome it and be prepared to do the exercises as instructed by his doctor. Do not be accusatory. Be sensitive. See a  physician, urologist as soon as possible.

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