Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates sooner during sexual intercourse than he or his partner would like. As long as it happens infrequently, it is not cause for concern. However if you regularly ejaculate sooner than you and your partner wish, such as before intercourse begins or shortly afterward, it can be considered premature ejaculation.
The three main ejacualtion problems are:
1. Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual complaint. Estimates vary but as many as 1 out of 3 men may be affected by this problem at some time. Both psychological and biological factors can play a role in premature ejaculation. Although many men feel embarrassed to talk about it, premature ejaculation is a common and treatable condition.
2. Delayed ejaculation (male orgasmic disorder) is classed as either experiencing a significant delay before ejaculation is possible or being unable to ejaculate at all even though the male wants to and his erection is normal. There is no set definition to describe ‘how long is too long’, but a persistent (and unwanted) delay of ejaculation that lasts for 30 to 60 minutes may suggest delayed ejaculation.
Alternatively, if you are unable to achieve ejaculation at least half the times you have sex, you may have delayed ejaculation. Recommended treatments for delayed ejaculation depend on the underlying cause. If it is thought to be a side effect of medication, switching to an alternative medication will help. However, if the cause is thought to be psychological, counselling may be recommended.
3. Retrograde ejaculation is a rarer type of ejaculation problem. It happens when sperm travels backwards and enters the bladder instead of coming out of the end of the urethra (the tube through which urine passes).
The main symptoms of retrograde ejaculation include:
producing no semen, or only a small amount, during ejaculation
producing cloudy urine (because of the semen in it) when you first go to the toilet after having sex
Men with retrograde ejaculation still experience the feeling of an orgasm and the condition does not pose a danger to health. However, it can affect the ability to father a child.