Premature Ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation

Therapy for Premature Ejaculation

Understanding Causes & Improving Your Intimacy Bonds

Men are significantly less likely to seek treatment for medical conditions, and they are also less likely to schedule therapy sessions compared with women. That means that, though 1 in 3 men struggle with this condition, premature ejaculation often goes unreported and untreated. If you deal with premature ejaculation regularly or periodically, there is no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed about asking for help. For some, medications or medical procedures improve this condition. For others, premature ejaculation begins and ends in the mind. In either situation, therapy can be extremely beneficial for premature ejaculation. If you struggle with premature ejaculation, I hope you’ll consider working with me. I’m Dr. Michael Stokes. I’m a Rhode Island Licensed Mental Health Counselor and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. I offer therapy for premature ejaculation and many other topics surrounding sex and relationships at Rhode Island Sex Therapy.

What Is Premature Ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is a sexual disorder that occurs when men ejaculate within the first few minutes of sexual intercourse all or most of the time. The inability to delay ejaculation during sex can cause men and their partners to become frustrated. Some men even begin to avoid sex altogether. Periodic premature ejaculation happens and is not a cause for concern, but if it occurs during most sexual encounters, treatment may be necessary.

What Causes Premature Ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is typically differentiated as either lifelong or acquired. As the names indicate, lifelong premature ejaculation means that the condition has existed from the first sexual encounter. Acquired premature ejaculation develops after previous sexual encounters where ejaculation occurred at the desired time. The underlying cause of premature ejaculation may be physical with issues like hormonal dysregulation, irregularity in brain chemistry, or infection in the genitals. In the majority of cases, premature ejaculation occurs as the result of emotional or cognitive disorders. Untreated depression, stress, and anxiety can all be contributors to premature ejaculation. Guilt or shame related to sex can also cause a desire to rush through sexual acts. Negative early sexual experiences or sexual abuse can also lead to premature ejaculation.

Does Therapy Help with Premature Ejaculation?

For those whose premature ejaculation has a biological root, medications or medical procedures may be recommended to improve symptoms. For those whose premature ejaculation stems from emotional or cognitive disorders, therapy helps to address these underlying concerns and improve symptoms. If premature ejaculation has a physical source, treating the medical cause and going to therapy can both be beneficial. Struggles with premature ejaculation can impact confidence and cause stress. Both of these issues may be improved through therapy. As a sex therapist, I can help you develop techniques to regain control during sex, so you can avoid premature ejaculation and prolong your own and your partner’s enjoyment. Therapy sessions may be conducted either individually or with sexual partners.

How Do I Get Started?

I know it can be difficult to reach out for help with premature ejaculation, and I will do my utmost to make it easy to get started working with me at Rhode Island Sex Therapy. You can give me a call at (401) 236-5021, email, or use our contact form. Whatever contact method you choose, I look forward to hearing from you.