Causes of premature ejaculation

Various psychological and physical factors can cause a man to suddenly experience premature ejaculation.

Common physical causes include:

  • prostate problems
  • thyroid problems an overactive or underactive thyroid gland
  • using recreational drugs

Common psychological causes include:

  • depression
  • stress
  • relationship problems
  • anxiety about sexual performance (particularly at the start of a new relationship, or when a man has had previous problems with sexual performance)

It's possible, but less common, for a man to have always experienced premature ejaculation since becoming sexually active. A number of possible causes for this are:

  • Conditioning it's possible that early sexual experiences can influence future sexual behaviour. For example, if a teenager conditions himself to ejaculate quickly to avoid being caught masturbating, it may later be difficult to break the habit.
  • A traumatic sexual experience from childhood this can range from being caught masturbating to sexual abuse.
  • A strict upbringing and beliefs about sex.
  • Biological reasons some men may find their penis is extra sensitive.
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018