The exact cause of premature ejaculation isn’t entirely known, but what we do know is that our body and mind play a big role.
Take a look at our list below to see if any of these apply to you. They may go a little way in explaining why you might be having some problems controlling your climax.
OUT OF BALANCE HORMONES
Our hormones usually make us ripe for sex, but they can also negatively affect some men. In some cases, low levels of hormones including prolactin, thyroid-stimulating hormone, have been associated with premature ejaculation.
Ejaculation is controlled by chemicals called ‘neurotransmitters’ which are released by nerve cells in the brain. The neurotransmitter that helps to prevent ejaculation is called serotonin. If your serotonin is low you could experience premature ejaculation.
INFLAMMATION AND INFECTION OF THE PROSTATE
Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate and if left untreated could cause premature ejaculation. You probably recoiled at the thought of it, but if you’re experiencing any form of pain in your junk, it’s important to get to a doctor.
EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
A few whiskeys on the rocks could be the liquid confidence that gets you into bed in the first place, but the fun most likely ends there. Some men self-medicate PE with alcohol, but this can backfire. Alcohol consumption can cause problems with maintaining an erection and in turn cause PE.
EARLY SEXUAL EXPERIENCES
You would probably rather not recall your early sexual experiences; for most of us sweaty palms, fumbling body parts, and (in many cases) next to no pleasure pretty much sums it up. For some people, patterns can form around early sexual experiences that are hard to shake and result in PE.
It’s a horrible topic to bring up, but it is important for us to do so. Sexual abuse can have a long-lasting impact that causes premature ejaculation. Sex can act as a trigger of past events which can be difficult to overcome. If this is something you’re struggling with, talking to a professional could really help, or try contacting a support hotline.
POOR BODY IMAGE
Self-confidence really is a big player in PE. Just think about the difference in your confidence when you enter a room full of people you don’t know with your shoulders hunched as opposed to walking in standing tall and proud. It’s the same in the bedroom.
Having a negative body image or low self-esteem can manifest itself as premature ejaculation.
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Anxiety and depression are common causes of acquired premature ejaculation. When you’re faced with challenges of mental health, your staying power in the bedroom can suffer. Remember, you don’t have to tackle your mental health alone. Reach out to a loved one or chat to a professional.