When dinner-table conversation turns to penis conditions (that happens, right?), you probably discuss erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE). But there’s a third common sexual disorder that you’ve probably never spoken about.
Delayed ejaculation (DE) is a condition where you have trouble climaxing during sex – and studies confirm it’s far more common than once thought.
According to a recent survey by the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV, between 5-11 per cent of men suffer from the condition.
Unlike premature ejaculation – usually defined as ejaculating within three minutes of penetration – there isn’t a set amount of time that constitutes DE.
Still, you may have it if you can’t orgasm within 20 minutes after penetration, says Dr Tobias Köhler, an associate professor of urology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Statistically, that period of time is far enough away from the norm of about five minutes – as reported in a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine – to indicate a possible problem.
Sound like you? Here’s everything you need to know about why it may be taking you so long and how to treat the condition.