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Conditions: Delayed Ejaculation

Overview - Delayed Ejaculation

What is delayed (or retarded) ejaculation?

Delayed ejaculation, also called retarded ejaculation, is difficulty ejaculating even with a firm erection and sufficient sexual arousal and stimulation. Retarded ejaculation is estimated to occur in 1-4% of men.


Delayed ejaculation can be classified as either primary or secondary. Primary delayed ejaculation is when a man has never been able to ejaculate during sexual intercourse. Secondary delayed ejaculation is when a man was able to ejaculate during intercourse at one time in his life, but no longer is able to, or he does so infrequently.

Delayed ejaculation usually occurs during sexual intercourse but much less frequently during masturbation. In fact, 85% of men with either primary or secondary retarded ejaculation are usually able to achieve orgasm through masturbation. In some circumstances, delayed ejaculation occurs in both situations, therefore, the man is unable to ejaculate, or may only be able to ejaculate after prolonged intercourse or masturbation. This problem can be frustrating and causes distress for both partners involved.

In some circumstances, a man can reach pleasurable orgasm without ejaculating semen. This is often referred to as ‘dry orgasm’ (but only if this occurs in the absence of retrograde ejaculation).

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