How Long is the "Normal" Amount of Time to Ejaculate?

There is no “normal” amount of time it takes to ejaculate. PE is defined as ejaculation that occurs sooner than desired, regardless of the amount of time, and causes stress to one or both sexual partners. PE can occur before or after penetration.

The World Health Organization (WHO) 2nd International Consultation on Sexual Health defined PE as “. . . persistent or recurrent ejaculation with minimal stimulation before, on, or shortly after penetration and before the person wishes it, over which the sufferer has little or no voluntary control which causes the sufferer and / or his partner bother or distress. . .”1

Note that the WHO definition does not include and specific duration of time until ejaculation. The important components of PE, as captured in the WHO definition, include 1) ejaculation sooner than the person wants it to happen, 2) a relative or complete lack of control over timing of ejaculation, and 3) resultant bother to the patient and / or his partner.

An older definition of PE was defined as intravaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT) of less than a minute. This IELT definition should no longer be used since the term “intravaginal” excludes male partners of men with PE, PE can occur prior to penetration, and a time cutoff is irrelevant to meeting the conditions expressed by the newer WHO definition.


1Lue TF, Basson R, Rosen RC, et al. Sexual medicine-sexual dysfunctions in men and women. Health Publications: Paris; 2004.


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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