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Two of the most common sexual dysfunctions that affect men are erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE). Many men are commonly confused with the difference between erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, often mistaking one condition for the other. The truth is, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are very different, displaying different symptoms and in turn require different treatment.
Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability for a man to achieve a firm erection suitable for sexual intercourse. A man will usually find it difficult to get an erection when aroused, or could lose their erection before or after penetration.
Premature ejaculation is the inability for a man to complete satisfactory intercourse as a result of climaxing too early. Although the time it takes for a man to climax will vary, experts agree that if a man reaches climax in less then two minutes, it is likely PE.
The table below highlights the difference between ED and PE.
|Erectile Dysfunction||Premature Ejaculation|
|Getting an erection||Difficulty in getting an erection satisfactory for sexual penetration||No issue in getting an erection suitable for sexual intercourse|
|Sustaining an erection||Erection lessens before ejaculation or after ejaculation||Erection remains until ejaculation|
|Ejaculation||Ejaculation is done before the loss of erection.||There is little control over ejaculation. Instead ejaculation occurs before a man wants it to.|
|Age group||Most common in older men, due to a number of other health conditions like diabetes, smoking, weight, vasectomy etc. However, ED can occur in younger men and is likely due to stress and anxiety.||Can occur in both young and older men. It is estimated that as many as one out of three men may be affected by this problem at some time in their lives.|
If you believe you have erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation it is best to speak to a health professional who can find out the root cause of your condition. Your doctor can decide whether your symptoms are caused by physical factors or psychological factors and can prescribe you the best method of treatment. Alternatively you can visit our erectile dysfunction information page and premature ejaculation information page to read more about these conditions