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Men’s health is about your heart, lungs, brain and other organs, but it’s also about reproductive health. You might have learned pretty early on that poor health can equal poor erections, as well as sexual problems like infertility.
Most guys wouldn’t say “lasting too long” belongs on that list of sexual problems, but if you’ve had trouble ejaculating or can’t reach orgasm these days, you’re probably wondering why.
Before you run off to make an appointment with a sex therapist or urology expert though, it’s worth your time to read about the problem and why it could be happening.
Below, we’ve covered possible causes of delayed ejaculation and how it can be treated, so that you can get to the finish line before it causes relationship problems and more.
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Delayed ejaculation (DE) may be awesome for your quick-triggered friends, but if you're a man struggling with this issue, you’re probably not surprised to hear that it’s actually a form of sexual dysfunction.
It’s a fairly uncommon sexual dysfunction overall — between one and five percent of men who are sexually active are affected by this condition. These men may have either lifelong or acquired delayed ejaculation.
Lifelong delayed ejaculation is when you’ve experienced the problem for as long as you can remember. Acquired delayed ejaculation, on the other hand, is a problem that developed somewhere along the line, or may be limited to specific partners — in other words, it doesn’t occur with every sexual experience you have.
A related condition called anorgasmia describes an inability to orgasm from sexual intercourse or any sexual activity.
The psychological causes of delayed ejaculation can range pretty widely — if you think your mental health, performance anxiety, relationship issues or other “in your head” issues might be at the root of your problems, you should talk to a sex therapy professional.
Delayed ejaculation can happen due to fear of (or during) sex, or as a lack of self-esteem, but it can also be caused by losing your attraction to your partner. This can happen for emotional reasons or due to physical causes of attraction (or lack thereof), or it could even result from having sex with someone of a different gender than the one you're sexually attracted to.
Masturbation is perfectly normal and even healthy. But if you’re doing it excessively, it could lead to some problems — like delayed ejaculation. This can happen if the sensation or technique isn’t easily replicated by a partner. Plus, some studies show masturbation can lead to a loss of sensitivity if your grip is a little too tight.
We’ve covered excessive masturbation more in our guide to masturbation, porn and ED.
Certain conditions related to your nerves, like the following, may delay or prevent orgasm:
Spinal cord injuries
Nerve damage brought on by diabetes
Complications due to adult circumcision
Your hormones may impact ejaculation and erectile function, which means hormonal conditions can also cause delayed ejaculation. Potential hormonal causes of delayed ejaculation include:
Turns out that some medications in charge of helping the rest of your body work optimally could make it impossible to achieve orgasm. Pain medication like opioids, antidepressants (especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) and antipsychotics may produce adverse reactions, including delayed orgasm, in users.
Living in uncertainty about reaching orgasm or constantly preparing your mind for lengthy sessions of intercourse can negatively affect your sex life.
This is why getting the right treatment when you have trouble coming is so important.
Managing this condition usually requires getting a proper diagnosis. This can be made through a consultation with your primary care provider, who can do a full examination and take a detailed history of your symptoms.
Where delayed ejaculation is confirmed, the following treatment methods may be adopted.
First and foremost, talking to a healthcare professional and diagnosing underlying conditions may be your shortest path to normal orgasmic function. Treating the underlying condition may also treat delayed orgasm.
Medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors may affect your sexual desire and more. Switching to another medication can help you move on from the side effects and get back to previous sexual functioning.
For psychological issues related to delayed ejaculation, treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy are great for changing negative notions about sex and re-learning sex ed.
Masturbation habits can be retrained, sexual fantasies can be realigned and performance anxiety can be addressed with mindfulness and breathing techniques to put you more at ease during intercourse.
If you and a partner both need help, online therapy for couples and interaction exercises to examine relations between partners can also help with managing delayed ejaculation.
Testosterone promotes sex drive, sperm production and fertility, so if your supplies are low, you may want to explore testosterone replacement therapy or an alternative to address the sexual side effects.
Low testosterone levels aren’t something you should be ashamed of — it’s important to remember that this is a sexual medicine issue, not an issue of your masculinity.
One of the easiest ways to treat delayed orgasm is to incorporate a toy into your bedroom activities. In cases of decreased sensitivity, a vibrator can help mechanically trigger orgasms (women in your life may be able to explain this).
A little extra mechanical help could be as simple as any of our recommended toys:
While there is no medication that’s specifically FDA approved to treat delayed ejaculation, a number of existing medications might be helpful and have some limited evidence. These include (but aren’t limited to) amantadine, bupropion, buspirone and cyproheptadine.
If you’re not coming, it could be the result of physical and psychological factors, the same way the psychological factors of erectile dysfunction can prevent lift off.
The average sexual performance is between five and seven minutes, so many guys would see some extra stamina as a plus. However, while having impressive stamina may prolong sexual satisfaction, finding it difficult or even impossible to ejaculate following intercourse could tip normal endurance into possible delayed ejaculation.
Here’s what you need to remember if you’re trying to tell if you have DE:
Delayed ejaculation may be caused by a number of psychological or physical factors.
To help with fast-forwarding orgasm and ejaculation time, psychological activities like therapy and masturbatory retraining can be effective.
Similarly, reducing or discontinuing a drug that is possibly responsible for delays could help with managing the condition.
Some medications could be helpful in managing delayed ejaculation, although none are specifically FDA approved for this purpose.
Seeking professional help to assist with delayed ejaculation is always advisable when you suspect you have this condition.
We can help with ejaculation problems like premature ejaculation, anxiety and sexual performance anxiety, depression and psychological erectile dysfunction. For more about our sexual health treatments, check out our blog and resources.
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Dr. Mike Bohl is a licensed physician and the Director of Scientific & Medical Content at a stealth biotech startup. Prior to joining Hims & Hers, Dr. Bohl spent several years in digital health focusing on patient education. He has also worked in medical journalism for The Dr. Oz Show and Sharecare and has served on the Medical Expert Board of Eat This, Not That!.
Dr. Bohl obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine from Brown University, his Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and his Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies—Journalism from Harvard University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership at Cornell University. Dr. Bohl trained in internal medicine with a focus on community health at NYU Langone Health.
Dr. Bohl is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, Medical Writer Certified by the American Medical Writers Association, a certified Editor in the Life Sciences by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist by the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs.
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