Does Premature Ejaculation Affect Pregnancy and Male Fertility?

Premature ejaculation may also be known as premature climax, early ejaculation and rapid ejaculation. Premature ejaculation is the main type of sexual dysfunction for men. It affects around one in five men between the ages of 18 and 59, with between 30% and 40% of all men experiencing premature ejaculation at some time during their life. It is more of a common issue than many people may think.

Early ejaculation can be a major source of frustration and worry for men. Common concerns include worries about male fertility and whether pregnancy is possible.

What Is Premature Ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is when a man ejaculates—releases sperm—very soon after starting to have sex. It can happen before intercourse or within a minute of penetration.

Some men experience premature ejaculation periodically, while for others it is a frequent occurrence when they have sexual intercourse. Occasional premature ejaculation isn’t normally a medical problem. However, if you experience premature climax more than half of the times you have sex, you should speak with a doctor.

What Causes Premature Ejaculation?

There are various causes of rapid ejaculation, including physical and emotional. Causes may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Low self-confidence
  • Relationship issues
  • Drug use
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Infection
  • Inflammation

Consult with a doctor to diagnose premature ejaculation, find the cause(s) and try treatments.

Does Premature Ejaculation Affect Male Fertility?

Male infertility is usually caused by problems making healthy sperm. There is no link between premature ejaculation and unhealthy semen; ejaculating early is not an indication of unhealthy sperm.

Premature climax can, however, affect fertility if a man ejaculates before penetration. While the sperm may be healthy, they cannot fertilize a female’s egg if they cannot enter the female’s reproductive system.

Does Premature Ejaculation Affect Pregnancy?

If you ejaculate quickly after intercourse, your partner can still get pregnant. While sex may not be as pleasurable, there is no impact on the chance of conceiving if your sperm can still reach the egg.

If, however, the sperm do not enter the vagina—caused by ejaculation occurring before penetration—your partner will not be able to conceive naturally.

Sometimes, the pressure of trying to conceive can cause anxiety and stress, which in itself can increase the frequency of premature climax and thus exacerbate problems with pregnancy occurring.

Further, frustrations can result in one or both partners being reluctant to attempt having sexual intercourse. Premature ejaculation is no reflection on a man’s masculinity or virility, though social stigma can prevent men from seeking help.

Are There Any Solutions?

If you are worried about premature ejaculation negatively affecting the possibility of your partner conceiving, the first step is to talk with a doctor. There are a range of treatments to try, which may include therapy, medications or lifestyle changes.

Even severe or frequent premature ejaculation need not be an obstacle to pregnancy. It is possible to collect and store sperm, which can later be used for intra-uterine insemination (IUI), also known as assisted conception.

Premature ejaculation is a common problem for men, with a wide range of causes and a variety of treatments. It is not connected with fertility in men, though it can impact pregnancy. If you are unable to conceive naturally because of rapid ejaculation, don’t despair—there are methods to help you and your partner to conceive.

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