What is Premature ejaculation?

What is Premature ejaculation?

The clinical definition of premature ejaculation describes it as “ when a man ejaculates sooner during sexual intercourse than he or his partner would like”. It is a common problem that is estimated to affect 1 in 3 men at some point. There are studies that suggest that premature ejaculation is the most common sexual problem affecting men (Metz & Pryor, 2000). The main symptom is being unable to delay the ejaculation for more than 1 minute after penetration.

The reason this happens in unknown, professionals are not sure on the exact cause but do know that it is due to psychological and biological factors.

There are 2 types:

  1. Primary Premature Ejaculation

This where the problem has always been there

  1. Secondary Premature Ejaculation

This is where the problem seems to have developed, when there previously was no issues.

There are treatments out there! Don’t be afraid to talk about this – it affects more people than you probably even realise. If your premature ejaculation is due to a physical condition, then please speak to a medical professional – they will be able to identify any underlying conditions and treat them accordingly.

However, if the issue is caused by psychological factors there are things you can do yourself to help! This is where SlowDown comes in.  There are many self-help techniques and SlowDown provides you with an easy-to-follow guide. SlowDown does the hard work for you, you will find lots of useful information, tips, and guided exercise to try at your own pace.

Studies have shown than there is a much lower number of men reaching out for treatment than the estimated number of men who have these issues. These studies found that the main reasons for not wanting to seek out treatment was embarrassment or believing that there is no treatment for it (Rosen & Althof, 2008). By reaching out and using SlowDown you have taken a huge step in the right direction.

Further reading & sources:




Metz, M. E., & Pryor, J. L. (2000). Premature Ejaculation: A Psychophysiological Approach for Assessment and Management. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 293-20.

Rosen, R. C., & Althof, S. (2008). Impact of Premature Ejaculation: The Psychological, Quality of Life, and Sexual Relationship Consequences. International Society of Sexual Medicine, 1296-1306.