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Findings from a premature ejaculation study, presented at a media briefing in Singapore this week, have shown how common the problem is.
The independent Premature Ejaculation Prevalence Study showed that at least 20% of Singaporean men suffer from premature ejaculation. Even more men responded to the survey by saying they had little ejaculatory control. Results of premature ejaculation include low self esteem and relationship difficulties. One professor involved with the study noted that PE had a “devastating effect on self esteem and quality of life.”
A typical scenario involving premature ejaculation is this, said the doctors: premature ejaculation occurs so both the man and his partner avoid sex. Over time this leads to strains on the relationship and a lack of intimacy. If the couple wishes to conceive, then this lack of sexual contact may be an even more serious problem.
Most of the men with premature ejaculation (92%) said that they were worried that the problem left their partner unfulfilled.
As is the case elsewhere in the world, many men in Singapore are too embarrassed to speak about premature ejaculation. "Because of fear and negative connotations of the condition, couples often only seek help when their inability to conceive a child hits them," said Professor Peter Lim, an expert from Singapore.
Unfortunately, suffering in silence is only likely to prolong men’s premature ejaculation problems, and reduce their chances of getting help. A new drug called Priligy has been introduced in some countries to help men with premature ejaculation last longer in bed. Other treatments are widely available such as creams and lotions. If you are experiencing premature ejaculation and would like to do something about it, speak to your doctor about the best way forward.