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Causes and Risk Factors of Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation happens to as many as one in three men at some point in their lives. It occurs when a man ejaculates sooner than he would prefer during intercourse, and in many cases, it happens only sporadically and infrequently. For other men, however, premature ejaculation is an ongoing issue that interferes with healthy sex life. Men who experience this sexual health issue don’t have to simply live with it. Treatments are available that can help delay ejaculation. If you see a urologist for this type of sexual dysfunction, he or she will try to determine the cause in order to settle on the right treatment approach. Here is a look at some of the common causes of—and risk factors for—premature ejaculation.

Psychological Factors

Psychological factors can play a central role in persistent premature ejaculation. In some cases, men who have experienced premature ejaculation in the past and worry about it happening again can actually increase the risk of it occurring because of their anxiety. Other psychological factors can also play a role, including:

  • Relationship problems
  • Poor body image
  • History of sexual abuse
  • History of erectile dysfunction

All of these factors can cause men to rush through sexual encounters or become anxious during them, which increases the chances that premature ejaculation will occur.

Biological Factors

Biological factors can lead to premature ejaculation on their own, or they may appear alongside psychological factors, exacerbating them. Some of the biological factors that increase the risk of premature ejaculation include:

  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • Abnormal neurotransmitter levels
  • Inflammation of the prostate or urethra
  • Infection of the prostate or urethra
  • Inherited traits that cause physical abnormalities

Premature ejaculation can cause stress and self-esteem issues and may interfere with fertility. Don’t suffer in silence when it happens to you. The doctors at Urology Associates, P.C. are experienced in treating sexual health problems through our Men’s Health Clinic in Nashville. Call us today at 888-656-0667 to make an appointment.