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The Difference Between Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation

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Date published
28/12/2020
Date last updated
07/12/2020
Length of read
4 Minutes

Erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE) are both issues that can affect a male’s performance during sexual intercourse. But while both conditions cause trouble in the bedroom, they are not the same. This guide will take you through the differences between erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a common health problem affecting about 50% of men in the UK. It’s characterized by a man’s inability to create or sustain an erection that’s firm enough for successful sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by several physical and psychological factors. Here are some of them:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Age
  • Sleep problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Damage or injury to the pelvic area
  • Depression
  • Confused sexual orientation
  • Issues with your sex partner

Not sure if you have an ED? Take a look at this informative guide: how to know if you have ED.

How to treat erectile dysfunction

Treating erectile dysfunction begins with taking good care of your cardiovascular health. Your GP may recommend that you:

  • Stop smoking
  • Change certain food habits
  • Stop drinking
  • Abstain from drugs
  • Workout regularly

For psychological and emotional causes of ED, your doctor may encourage some counselling or sexual therapy. For those with ED who are looking for a quick solution, you can take comfort in knowing that there are plenty of erectile dysfunction treatments available at Express Pharmacy. Choose between Viagra, Sildenafil, Cialis, Spedra, and more!

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation happens when you ejaculate much sooner than you or your partner would like. Studies show that 1 in 3 men experience this problem at some point in their lives. PE is not a concern if it happens occasionally. It only becomes a serious issue when:

  • You almost always ejaculate within a minute of penetration
  • You cannot delay ejaculation during intercourse all the time.
  • You feel frustrated about your performance.
  • You avoid sexual intimacy because of lack of confidence and your inability to please or satisfy your partner.

Premature ejaculation is caused by various biological and psychological factors such as:

  • Performance anxiety
  • Relationship issues with your partner
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol abuse
  • General stress or depression
  • Erectile dysfunction

Depending on your symptoms, PE can be classified as either lifelong (primary PE) or acquired (secondary PE). Lifelong premature ejaculation is diagnosed when you’ve suffered from PE your whole life. On the other hand, acquired premature ejaculation is a PE problem that has developed later in your life despite not having ejaculation issues in the past.

While no one can guarantee how long sex should last, studies into the conditions have set certain guidelines which allow us to establish two main symptoms of premature ejaculation. These include:

  • Reaching the point of ejaculation within two minutes (120 seconds) or less of becoming aroused
  • Experiencing the above problem on a regular basis

How to treat premature ejaculation

To treat your PE problem, you must first know the cause. Premature ejaculation caused by lifestyle choices, such as drug and tobacco abuse, can be fixed by staying away from these addictive substances.

You can also treat PE using prescription premature ejaculation treatment available at Express Pharmacy. Choose between EMLA, a topical anaesthetic used to numb the skin to reduce its sensitivity and alleviate premature ejaculation issues, and Priligy which is the only approved premature ejaculation treatment in the UK.

Can erectile dysfunction cause premature ejaculation?

When it comes to erectile dysfunction, you can’t maintain an erection, meaning you are less likely to suffer from premature ejaculation as you can’t ejaculate in the first place. So, in this case, no --- erectile dysfunction cannot cause premature ejaculation.

However, if you have a case of ED where you can create an erection but struggle to sustain it, there’s a big chance that you may experience premature ejaculation. How? What most men do if they find it hard to maintain an erection is to focus on their sexual excitement. While effective, this high level of excitement can make you ejaculate sooner than you or your partner would like.

It’s a vicious cycle. Focus too much on your sexual excitement and you might ejaculate quickly. Reduce your focus and you might end up losing your erection. And while you are caught in the middle of this dilemma, you suffer from performance anxiety which can make both ED and PE even worse.