Premature ejaculation: A clinical review for the general physician

Aust Fam Physician. 2015 Oct;44(10):737-43.


Background: Premature ejaculation is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions in men. Recent epidemiological studies suggest its prevalence in Australia may range from 21-31%

Objective: This article will discuss the current definition of premature ejaculation from a urological perspective. It will provide an understanding of the pathogenesis of premature ejaculation, as well as assessment and management options.

Discussion: Premature ejaculation can have a significant adverse effect on the quality of life for the patient and his sexual partners. It can potentially lead to psychological distress, diminished self- esteem, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, reduced libido and poor interpersonal relationships. Most men feel reluctant to discuss premature ejaculation with their general practitioner despite its psychological, emotional and relational effects. Effective, evidence-based treatment options are available and physicians should feel confident when exploring ways to improve the quality of life for men with sexual dysfunction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • General Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Premature Ejaculation / diagnosis*
  • Premature Ejaculation / physiopathology
  • Premature Ejaculation / therapy