Premature ejaculation is not life-threatening and does not prevent conception. It therefore receives little attention in the public and medical literature. It is however generally accepted to be the most common form of male sexual dysfunction. This is the first in a series of articles on 'coming too quickly.'
What options do men have when they suffer with premature ejaculation?
Option 1. They can explore the internet, magazines or sex shops for an answer. Sadly men have been taken advantage of by rip-off "cures" which are sold at outrageous prices. These men who simply want to improve their sexual experience and provide more satisfying experiences for their partners have been preyed upon by unscrupulous 'entrepreneurs' with no credentials. They have been exploited by unfulfilled promises that sprays, lotions, creams, vitamins, herbs, dietary supplements and useless techniques will solve their problem. When these gimmicks fail to do so the men are left feeling frustrated, angry and worst of all, hopeless about finding a solution. Which is even worse than taking their money.
Option 2. They can resort to medications that may slow ejaculation. Antidepressants are most commonly used. While approximately 1/3 of men do respond, they must continue to take the drug indefinitely and there are many potential side-effects, some extremely dangerous. Aggression and suicide are the most serious, and these occur most commonly in young people, the very group that is most likely to have this problem. Unfortunately more doctors are prescribing these drugs because because they do not have time in their busy practices to address the problem otherwise.
Today, a new threat lies on the horizon.
A new drug is in clinical trials in the USA and Canada. The manufacturer plans to market it specifically for premature ejaculation. They claim that its shorter half-life will eliminate side-effects but that has not been proved. If doctors begin to prescribe this drug in response to demands from patients, the impact will be dramatic, since estimates of the occurrence of premature ejaculation. in young men range up to 70%.
When the pharmaceutical company starts to pour millions of dollars into advertising, as has been done with erectile dysfunction, countless young men will start using this drug. Many will never stop. The number of men suffering with premature ejaculation is five times larger than the number with erectile dysfunction. One can only imagine the resources that will be committed to advertising to an audience of this size.
The ultimate tracedy in following either of the two options mentioned above is that the solution to premature ejaculation lies with neither of them. Premature ejaculation can not be cured by medication, nor can it be resolved by any of the expensive gimmicks offered online.
I am writing this article because of the growing number of websites peddling trash plus the growing threat of widespread antidepressant use. Men should not be seduced into buying useless products or using potentially harmful drugs that do not address the root of the problem. This could lead to a generation of men who are dependent on a drug that has been created for the sole purpose of establishing a very profitable market for the pharmaceutical company. If that comes to pass it would be a monumental tragedy because it is absolutely unnecessary.
In Part 2 of this series we will look at the third option, the one that is recognized by experts to be the right approach to solving the problem of premature ejaculation.