Finding the link between ED and PE

Male sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE) are difficult to talk about and even tougher to deal with for those suffering from them. However, these issues are relatively more common than is often thought. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 men suffer from a sexually related problem with some research suggesting that there is also a link between ED and PE.
If you think you may be suffering from either, or you’re just confused about the difference between both conditions we’ve explained the main issues that characterise and cause ED and PE below.

What is erectile dysfunction?

ED is when a man is unable to get or maintain a significant erection for sex, despite his best efforts at trying to do so. ED can be caused by psychological or physiological problems and usually occurs in older men, although it can affect males of any age.

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation usually affects men aged 25 or under and is characterised by the inability to control ejaculation before or during sex. Usually this means that a man is unable to satisfy his partner and cannot perform for a sufficient period of time. Often there are two types of PE: primary, which begins when a man first becomes sexually active and is often psychological, and secondary, which often plagues older men and can be caused by both psychological and physical factors.

What is the difference between premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction?

Although both terms are referred to when alluding to sexual dysfunction, there is a real difference between premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. PE is often characterised by persistent or recurrent ejaculation before, on, or shortly after penetration. ED is defined by the inability to have or maintain an erection despite efforts from the man and his partner.

Is there a psychological link between ED and PE?

Both PE and ED can be caused by identical psychological issues, sometimes; a lack of confidence in the bedroom and anxiety and stress can all play a part in inhibiting sexual performance so it’s no wonder that many men actually suffer from both conditions. Having both premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction can be down to the anxiety factor. Men who have ED often want to finish quickly to work within the restrictions of their condition, but stressing about doing so can actually induce secondary premature ejaculation, creating a vicious cycle.

Is there a scientific link between ED and PE?

Some studies have postulated that there is a scientific link between ED and PE. One Italian study review of over 450 published articles on sexual dysfunction concluded that; “ED and PE are not distinctly separate entities”. And other research has found science to support a link between ED and gum disease. Two separate studies, from Taiwan and Turkey, found links between gum disease and sexual dysfunction. The Taiwanese researchers discovered that men who have been diagnosed with gum disease tend to have ED more often than men without gum disease. And in Turkey it was found that men with gum disease were more than three times as likely to have ED as the men without gum disease.

If you think you may need to speak to a clinician about underlying sexual dysfunctions, Lloyds Online Doctor can offer discreet erectile dysfunction advice. Speak to one of our qualified clinicians today.


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