The next time you're having a "quickie", you might want to keep a watchful eye on the clock -- according to the latest research, "acquired premature ejaculation" includes any encounter that lasts less than three minutes. Er, does that include taking your clothes off?
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A new scientific paper published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine has finally provided a unified clinical definition of lifelong and acquired premature ejaculation. The clinical condition has suffered from various misconceptions in the medical community due to differing guidelines.
The unified definition was determined after reviewing and evaluating a wide range of medical literature. The committee proposed the definition to be a male sexual dysfunction characterised by:
(i) ejaculation that always or nearly always occurs prior to or within about 1 minute of vaginal penetration from the first sexual experience (lifelong) or a clinically significant and bothersome reduction in latency time, often to about 3 minutes or less (acquired); (ii) the inability to delay ejaculation on all or nearly all vaginal penetrations; and (iii) negative personal consequences, such as distress, bother, frustration, and/or the avoidance of sexual intimacy.
The paper also identifies quick finisher "subtypes" who do not technically suffer from premature ejaculation. This includes a general lack of control over the timing of ejaculation, a diminished ability to hold off at the moment of imminent ejaculation and a preoccupation with an imagined short ejaculatory latency despite lasting for more than five minutes.
"This subtype is not considered a sexual dysfunction but rather a normal variation in sexual performance," the paper dryly notes.
The researchers hope their findings will lead to the development of clearly worded, practical, evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of PE for family practice clinicians as well as sexual medicine experts.