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What is delayed ejaculation?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Delayed ejaculation occurs when a man is able to have an erection but isn't able to ejaculate. There's no "right" amount of time for a man to take to reach orgasm. An older man will generally need more prolonged stimulation for arousal and orgasm. Also, some men reach orgasm much more easily through manual and oral stimulation. Because the urge to ejaculate lessens with age, an older man may be able to enjoy intercourse without needing to ejaculate every time. However, if the urge is present but orgasm fails to occur after a lengthy period of intercourse, he may give up trying. Alternately, the man's female partner may need to halt lovemaking because of vaginal discomfort. Delayed ejaculation is a relatively rare problem, affecting only 3% to 8% of men.
Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
If a man consistently has trouble achieving orgasm and ejaculating, he may have delayed ejaculation (DE). Guys with DE may regularly last upwards of 30 minutes, may not be able to ejaculate from intercourse, or may not be able to ejaculate at all (a condition called anejaculation).
Ian Kerner, PhD
Sexual Health
Delayed ejaculation, or DE, is a broad term to describe men who take longer than usual to reach orgasm, who orgasm only through masturbation, or who aren’t able to orgasm at all.

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