Drug raises question: What is premature?

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Drug raises question: What is premature?
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Fri, 03-12-2010 - 4:07pm
Last year in Europe, Johnson & Johnson began selling the first prescription drug designed specifically for treating premature ejaculation (PE). It's called Priligy, and clinical trials reveal that it can triple the time to ejaculation for men who normally last just a minute or two. Right now it's available in a handful of countries, including Germany, Spain, and Italy.



The problem is that the "P" in PE may often be a matter of perspective: Some men believe they're supposed to last longer, says Marcel Waldinger, M.D., Ph.D., a neuropsychiatrist at HagaHospital Leyenburg, in the Netherlands, and one of the world's leading PE researchers.



"The majority of men who complain of PE just aren't satisfied with the way they have sex," he says, reiterating that nothing is medically wrong with them. "They may have a psychological, cultural, or relationship problem, and we should not treat them with medication at first. We should talk with them.



"...it's not really a medical issue."



According to diagnostic criteria published in 2008 by the International Society for Sexual Medicine, a man with lifelong PE cannot last longer than 1 minute, and his time to ejaculation is harming his relationships.



But some doctors argue that this definition takes the discussion in the wrong direction. In their minds, PE should never be diagnosed with a watch.



"It's not so much the length of time that matters," says Derek Polonsky, M.D., a psychiatrist in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts, "but the satisfaction for men and their partners."



Urologist Michael Werner, M.D., agrees. He believes a man can have PE whether he lasts 1 minute or 5. For Dr. Werner, the matter is simple: "If you spend the whole time during sex thinking about not ejaculating, that's PE, and that's not the way sex is supposed to be."



Here is the full article from Men'sHealth.com: How Long Do You Last?



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Thu, 03-18-2010 - 11:15am
Well, having spent a fair amount of time on the sex boards here at iVillage, it seems to me it's quite simple to say that men with PE (and for lack of a better term, I'm using that one) should be talking about it first before taking a drug to prolong their staying power, but it's quite another matter to get a sensitive male to talk about it, or even see a doctor when he is sick or bleeding, never mind ejaculating too quickly.





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Thu, 03-18-2010 - 11:28am
"...it's quite another matter to get a sensitive male to talk about it, or even see a doctor when he is sick or bleeding, never mind ejaculating too quickly."



Ain't that the truth! The eye roll is for the sensitive males, not for you. ;-)



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