The first ever clinical term for premature ejaculation definition was in 1887. After more studies, in the very early 1900’s, premature ejaculation was considered a singularly psychiatric condition and was only treated with consequent psychiatric treatments. At that time, premature ejaculation was defined as one that ejaculated within 30 seconds of actual intercourse. In the 1970’s that definition was changed to if a man could only bring his partner to orgasm in less than half of his sexual encounters. Today, a man is considered to be a premature ejaculator if he has an involuntary orgasm within the first two minutes of sexual contact.
There are typically two types of premature ejaculation included in this definition; those who have become unable to hold back orgasm, and those who have never been able to prevent orgasm. Men with a life-long syndrome of premature ejaculation usually can only engage in sexual activity for less than two minutes before climaxing. This is the more rare condition of the two, and most treatments will involve counseling and some form of medication to help delay orgasm. Counseling is thought to help the patient cope with the self esteem or emotional and physical intimacy problems that sometimes accompany premature ejaculation.
The other type of premature ejaculation involves men who have developed this issue much later, and are still able to extend their lovemaking from three to ten minutes a session. By definition, they would not usually be considered to have true premature ejaculation; however if the man is unable to stop ejaculation when he wishes, this gives rise to a need for some form of treatment. Typically, this would not involve prescription medication, but mere counseling. The skewed perception of how long it should take to ejaculate may lead to a mistaken self-diagnosis, especially as men are usually reluctant to seek treatment.
Regardless of whether or not the actual premature ejaculation definition applies to the situation, believing that a performance falls far short of the mark on a consistent basis can have the same effect. Unsatisfied partners can lead to very tense relationships, low self-esteem, and unwillingness to have sexual intercourse. For both types of premature ejaculation, a patient and understanding approach is the only way to help with the sexual healing process, and recriminations will only compound the problem. There is extremely helpful information available on treatment, either professional or at home, online, at libraries or at a doctor’s office.