Premature Ejaculation v.s. Erectile Dysfunction

Premature Ejaculation v.s. Erectile Dysfunction

Although there are different definitions of PE, here is a common one:

Premature ejaculation is a male sexual dysfunction characterized by:

  • Ejaculation which always or nearly always occurs prior to or within about one minute of vaginal penetration;
  • Inability to delay ejaculation on all or nearly all vaginal penetrations
  • Negative personal consequences, such as distress, bother, frustration, and/or the avoidance of sexual intimacy.

ED on the other hand is more related to the ability to obtain or maintain an erection that is adequate enough for penetration.

As you can see ED and PE are 2 different sexual disorders in men.

There are men who suffer from both especially because issues with PE can cause performance anxiety leading to ED. Also, some men develop PE after being treated for ED. However, many men have PE or ED, but not both. The treatments are different although there is some overlap.

Specifically, PDE 5 inhibitors are the backbone of ED treatment but can also be used alone or together with SSRIs (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc.) for the treatment of PE.

This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor. 

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