Premature Ejaculation = Anything Under Three Minutes

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The next time you're having a "quickie", you might want to keep a watchful eye on the clock. According to the latest scientific research, "acquired premature ejaculation" includes any encounter that lasts less than three minutes.

Er, does that include taking your clothes off? Asking for a friend...

A 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.)

So how long do you need to last for your ejaculate to be deemed 'mature'? According to the latest definition: a minimum of three minutes after penetration.

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.

[Via Journal of Sexual Medicine]

How To Fix Premature Ejaculation

According to an extensive review published in the International Journal of Impotence Research. the Journal of Sexual Medicine, about 30 per cent of men worldwide suffer from premature ejaculation. In short (no pun intended), it is the most common problem in the sexual function of men.

Despite this, those who suffer from it tend to feel isolated and threatened by an unsatisfied partner and therefore avoid discussing the matter. This is a mistake.

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This story has been updated since its original publication.


    Just looking at the girl in the photo....... hang on...... OK, I'm not sure I'd last either.

    Do your kegels, do your kegels, do your kegels.

    Evolution wise, you'd think this would be more of an advantage than a disorder. Dave Chapelle concurs:

      I can't find a link but i read before they think the bell shape acts as a scoop for other semen so evolutionary wise the guy who lasts longer will likely be able to scoop out any existing sperm!

    Glad it specifically mentions that the timing is relates to intercourse.. Self induced, I can get the job done in about 45 seconds..

    Personally, any time before my partners orgasm/s is pre-mature.

    Last edited 22/05/14 5:34 pm

    can anyone in the world actually delay ejaculation, no one can. At least none of my mates lol when we last talked about this

    Personally I think less than 30 seconds is good, then you can get a quick one in during the ad break after a goal in the footy.

    It so depends though.
    Personally most of the time it's quick, it's because the girl keeps turning me on too much, getting it ready to go too much before the main act.

    Cool. Well by the definition only straight men will ever have premature ejaculation as they're the only ones penetrating vaginas. World class research!

      Straight men aren't the only ones penetrating vaginas at all. Many people are not monosexual, for example bisexual and pansexual people, and people with penises come in all genders, as do people with vaginas. Even monosexual people (straight/gay/androsexual/gynesexual) can have sex with people who's genders don't match their orientation, and this happens quite often for various reasons including experimentation, denial, and money.

      I definitely think that the definition is silly, not just because it defines premature ejaculation as occurring within a certain time of vaginal penetration, but because the definition includes penetration at all. Plenty of sexual encounters don't involve penetration, in fact, some people don't even like penetrative sex and abstain from it for most, if not all, of their life. Even when all parties involved want to have penetrative sex, foreplay and non-penetrative sex beforehand is a very significant factor in when ejaculation occurs.

      Last edited 27/05/14 4:49 pm

      If you think gay men don't ejaculate prematurely then you haven't thought very hard about things.

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