Men’s Health Conditions

Rapid Ejaculation

Medically reviewed by:

Dr. Larry Goldenberg
Dr. Larry Goldenberg


Rapid Ejaculation


Rapid or premature ejaculation is a condition where a man ejaculates sooner than he or his partner wish, typically within 1 to 3 minutes. Many men occasionally ejaculate prematurely, however it may be diagnosed when it occurs regularly, with minimal sexual stimulation before, or shortly after penetration, and is causing distress. 

The embarrassment of talking about rapid or premature ejaculation keeps many men from seeking medical help. However, it is a very common men’s health condition with a number of treatment options.


Premature ejaculation impacts 30% to 40% of men at some point in their life. It is the most common to develop it early in life with first sexual experiences, however it can also begin later in life.

There are both psychological and biological factors that can contribute to premature ejaculation, including:


Rapid or premature ejaculation is diagnosed by a healthcare provider based on your sex life, health history and a physical exam.


A doctor can recommend a number of techniques that can be used to delay ejaculation during intercourse. These may include: 

  • The Stop-Start Technique: Typically the first-line treatment, a series of exercises involving stopping and starting movement and stimulation during intercourse to help control ejaculation.
  • Sensate Focus Exercises: Touching, tickling, exploring and communication techniques to help couples eliminate anxiety, and learn relaxed enjoyment.
  • Kegel Exercises: Tightening and strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor for 10 seconds, repeated in sets of 15 as many times a day as possible.
  • SSRIs: A class of antidepressant medication can delay ejaculation. It it is not a cure, only a treatment which is why the Stop–Start Technique is preferable as first-line treatment. 

Other treatments may include topical anesthetic creams that contain lidocaine or prilocaine to dull the sensation on the penis, counselling, and medication.

Talk to your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you.

censed healthcare practitioner based on an assessment of your current health, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The practitioner may consider your family and physical health history, previous concerns with mental health, medications and other potential risk factors.

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Last updated: Jan 23, 2024

Medically reviewed by:

Dr. Larry Goldenberg

Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS

Dr. Goldenberg is a urologic surgeon and clinical scientist, who specializes in prostate cancer research and treatment.

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