The Burden of Premature Ejaculation: The Patient's Perspective

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  • Mariano Sotomayor MD

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    1. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
      Mariano Sotomayor, MD, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion, Salvador Zubiran Vasco de Quiroga 15, Tlalpan 14000 Mexico D.F.14050, Mexico. Tel: +52 5558554155; Fax; +52 555 52873; E-mail: marsoza@quetzal.innsz.mx
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Mariano Sotomayor, MD, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion, Salvador Zubiran Vasco de Quiroga 15, Tlalpan 14000 Mexico D.F.14050, Mexico. Tel: +52 5558554155; Fax; +52 555 52873; E-mail: marsoza@quetzal.innsz.mx

ABSTRACT

Premature ejaculation (PE) remains an underdetected and under-treated condition, despite the advances in available treatment options. Men with PE often feel stigmatized by the condition and embarrassment is a key barrier to discussing the problem with healthcare professionals. Men with PE perceive themselves as having little control over ejaculation and this lack of control is mirrored in diminished satisfaction with sexual intercourse. The burden of PE is both emotional and physical. Premature ejaculation is associated with low self-esteem, anxiety, and feelings of shame and inferiority. In some studies there is an association with depression. Premature ejaculation places a significant burden on the patient–partner relationship and there is evidence to suggest that there is a higher prevalence of female sexual dysfunction associated with PE. Patients with PE often view the condition as purely psychological or as a problem that will resolve with time and many are unaware that medical treatment could be of benefit. This endorses the particularly important role of healthcare professionals in recognizing the barriers to patient diagnosis and promoting the view that PE is not only a common but also a treatable medical condition.

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