Premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common male sexual dysfunction, which represents a diagnostic as well as a therapeutic challenge for physicians. However, no universally accepted definition is currently available for PE. As a result, physicians continue to diagnose patients with PE according to major guidelines set by the professional societies. These guidelines either recommend the use of validated questionnaires or patient-reported outcomes. Recent efforts directed toward classifying PE may help provide a better understanding of the prevalence and risk factors of this disorder. While the exact etiology of PE has not been clearly elucidated, several risk factors have been strongly reported in the literature. Clearly, to understand the revised definition of PE, its etiology and pathophysiology is necessary to improve the clinical management of this medical condition and form the basis of future research in this regard. In this review, we highlight the past and current definitions of PE and present an appraisal on the classifications and theories suggested for the etiopathogenesis of PE.
Keywords: ejaculatory disorders; male sexual dysfunction; premature ejaculation.