Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation

Is There a Link Between Premature Ejaculation And Erectile Dysfunction?

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There is a correlation between premature ejaculation (PE) and erectile dysfunction (ED)1. If we split all the men into two groups, the premature ejaculators, and the non-premature ejaculators, the proportion of erectile dysfunction will be higher in the PE group. Based on a particular survey, up to one man out of three (32%) who suffer from PE also suffer from ED. It’s unclear if PE is a cause or a consequence to ED. It’s believed it could be both, just as ED is could also probably be both a cause and a result of PE. That’s one reason why we consider erectile dysfunction a risk factor for premature ejaculation.

How ED Could Cause PE

Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction could be stressed and anxious about their condition. The fear of losing their erection could haunt them. As we know, anxiety is also a risk factor for premature ejaculation. This concern could make a man (consciously or not) ejaculate quickly to avoid the erection loss.

On top of the fear of losing an erection, there’s also the fear of not getting hard at all. Men who suffer from ED may also willingly let their arousal climbs too soon just to be sure to get an erection. If this is the case, when they get their erection, they are too aroused. Therefore, they will reach their point of no return, and they will ejaculate quickly.

How PE Could Cause ED

On the other hand, premature ejaculation could do just the opposite effect. A man who suffers from PE could fear to ejaculate too soon, and this stress and anxiety could lead to ED problems. In the same way, this man can try to reduce their arousal. In doing so, it would be more difficult for him to obtain an erection.

The Vicious Arousal Cycle

As you can see, there’s a vicious cycle between premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. One of the primary cause of premature ejaculation is a lousy arousal control. However, for men who suffer from ED, they need to increase their level of arousal to maintain an erection. However, to be able to last longer, they need to reduce their arousal level.

How to Treat Both Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction

There is some way to break this vicious cycle. If we take a look at all the potential treatments for premature ejaculation, we can see why the premature ejaculation delay products. aren’t necessarily the best fit. While effective in most cases, if you suffer from ED, it can be a bad idea to use desensitizing products. It will reduce your physical stimulation and can worsen your ED.

Sex therapy could be an option. While home therapy for premature ejaculation could help you, a certified sex therapist is probably the best way to treat a man who suffers from both PE and ED.

If the problems persist after therapy, there is also medication that could help you. ED drugs like Viagra and Cialis could benefit both your premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. While SSRIs are the go-to drug for PE treatment, it’s not necessarily the best option for a man suffering from ED. Still, you need to talk to your doctor first before you try any drug treatment. He’s the only one who can confirm that this drug treatment is right for you.

If you need more information on ED treatments and causes, you can consult ED Treatment Info, a similar site to ours but dedicated entirely to erectile dysfunction.


  1. Jannini EA, Lombardo F, Lenzi A (2005) Correlation between ejaculatory and erectile dysfunction. Int J Androl 28(Suppl 2):40–45
  2. Porst H, Montorsi F, Rosen RC, Gaynor L, Grupe S, Alexander J (2007) The Premature Ejaculation Prevalence and Attitudes (PEPA) survey: prevalence, comorbidities, and professional help-seeking. Eur Urol 51:816–823 (discussion 824)

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