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Avoiding Relationships Due To Premature Ejaculation

Some men avoid new relationships because of premature ejaculation (PE).

PE occurs when a man ejaculates before he and his partner want it to happen. There is no specific time frame for diagnosis. A man may ejaculate quickly, but if he and his partner aren’t bothered by that, then there usually is no problem.

Many people joke about premature ejaculation and look at it with ridicule. They consider a man with PE to be too eager, inexperienced, or unable to control himself and please his partner.

But PE is nothing to joke about. It’s one of the most common sexual dysfunctions among men, affecting about a third of men at some point in their lives.

Premature ejaculation can be especially troubling for men without partners. PE can make them socially anxious, leading them to avoid relationships or meeting someone new. They may not know how to talk about PE with a new partner or think that their partner will reject them once PE is revealed.

What can a single man do?

First, become educated about PE. Learn more about strategies for managing it. Some men take medications; others try the “stop-start” and “squeeze” techniques. Still others try to distract themselves by thinking about non-sexual things, like sports or the stock market.

Second, consider sex therapy. A trained therapist can help with the social anxieties that often accompany sexual problems. In time, a single man with PE can regain his confidence and enjoy sex with a new partner.