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Premature (Early) Ejaculation

Diagnostic Criteria

A) A persistent or recurrent pattern of ejaculation occurring during partnered sexual activity within approximately 1 minute following vaginal penetration and before the individual wishes it.

Note:  Although the diagnosis of premature (early) ejaculation may be applied to individuals engaged in nonvaginal sexual activities, specific duration criteria have not been established for these activities.

B) The symptom in Criterion A must have been present for at least 6 months and must be experienced on almost all or all (approximately 75%-100%) occasions of sexual activity (in identified situational contexts or, if generalized, in all contexts).

C) The symptom in Criterion A causes clinically significant distress in the individual.

D) The sexual dysfunction is not better explained by a nonsexual mental disorder or as a consequence of severe relationship distress or other significant stressors and in not attributable to the effects of a substance/medication or another medical condition.


Specify whether:

Lifelong: The disturbance has been present since the individual became sexually active.

Acquired:  The disturbance began after a period of relatively normal sexual function.


Specify whether:

Generalized: Not limited to certain types of stimulation, situation, or partners.

Situational:  Only occurs with certain types of stimulation, situations, or partners.


Specify current severity:

Mild:  Ejaculation occurring within approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute of vaginal penetration.

Moderate: Ejaculation occurring within approximately 15-30 seconds of vaginal penetration.

Severe: Ejaculation occurring prior to sexual activity, at the start of sexual activity, or within approximately 15 seconds of vaginal penetration