How are the causes of premature ejaculation diagnosed?

If you have frequent premature ejaculations, or if premature ejaculation is causing you anxiety or depression and affecting your relationship, make an appointment to see a urologist.

Your urologist will begin an exam by asking about your sexual experiences. You will likely be asked:

  • How long have you had this problem?
  • Under what circumstances does it happened?
  • How often does it happen?
  • Does premature ejaculation happen at every sexual attempt?
  • Does it happen with all partners?
  • Does premature ejaculation occur when you masturbate?
  • Do you have trouble maintaining an erection?

While the questions are personal, it is important that you answer your urologist honestly so they can best diagnose the source of your problem.

Your urologist will also ask about any other medical conditions you may have and any medications including over-the-counter medications, supplements and herbal products you are taking. You will also be asked about any alcohol and illegal drug use.

Are lab tests needed to make the diagnosis of premature ejaculation?

Lab tests are usually not needed unless your healthcare provider suspects that an underlying health problem is contributing to the problem.

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