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.
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.
This story has been updated since its original publication.