The estimates vary greatly. Much of the variance is due to the different definitions of PE that have been applied over the years. They can be as flexible as that of the American Urological Association (2004), which stated that PE was “Ejaculation that occurs sooner than desired, either before or shortly after penetration, causing distress to either one or both partners,” or as tightly defined as the more recent definition supplied above by the ISSM.

According to some studies, “20–30% of the male population are affected by PE at any one time, and some experts believe that up to three out of four men experience PE sometime during their lives, although many or most may never raise the subject with their physician, suggesting that PE is undoubtedly more common than current statistics would suggest.”

In studies, it has been noted that despite the high number of men who have PE and the emotional weight it places on them and their partners, “only 12% of the men surveyed with self‐reported PE had consulted a physician.”

The good news is that there are many treatments available for PE. There are  three basic types of treatments available for PE.

  1. Behavioral techniques include the stop-start and squeeze techniques.
  2. Topical desensitization works by decreasing sensation to the penis to prolong the time to ejaculation. This includes the use of condoms or topical anesthetics (lidocaine) in the form of a spray or gel.
  3. Oral prescription medications that prolong the time it takes to ejaculate.

Different methods can be combined as needed, and with a carefully-considered treatment plan, nearly every man can expect to see effective improvement to their PE condition over time.


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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