Few data have looked at the occurrence and clinical correlates of self-reported shorter than desired ejaculation latency (rapid ejaculation, RE) and its related distress in the general population.
To determine the prevalence and clinical correlates of self-reported RE and RE- related distress in middle age and older European men.
Subjects were recruited from population samples of men aged 40-79 years across 8 European centers.
Self-reported RE and its related distress were derived from the European male Aging Study (EMAS) sexual function questionnaire (EMAS-SFQ). Beck’s depression Inventory (BDI) was used for the quantification of depressive symptoms, the Short Form 36 health survey (SF-36) for the assessment of the quality of life, the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) for the evaluation of lower urinary tract symptoms.
About 2,888 community dwelling men aged 40-79 years old (mean 58.9 ± 10.8 years) were included in the analysis. Among the subjects included, 889 (30.8%) self-reported RE. Among them, 211 (7.3%) claimed to be distressed (5.9% and 1.4% reported mild or moderate-severe distress, respectively). Increasing levels of RE-related distress were associated with a progressive worse sexual functioning, higher risk of ED and with couple impairment, along with a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms (all P < 0.05). Furthermore, a worse quality of life and higher IPSS score were associated with RE-related distress (all P < 0.05). The aforementioned results were confirmed even when patients using drugs possibly interfering with ejaculation or those without a stable relationship were excluded from the analysis.
RE is a frequent condition in men from the general population; however, its related distress is relatively modest. Nonetheless, men with any degree of self-reported RE show increasing levels of depression, worse quality of life and worse couple satisfaction.
This is the first study estimating the prevalence of self-reported RE and its related distress, along with their biological and psychological correlates, in a population sample of European middle age and older men. However, is should be recognized that the diagnosis of RE was derived from patient reports and not supported by Intra-ejaculatory-Latency-Time (IELT) measurements.
Self-reported RE is relatively common in European men aged more than 40 years. The reported limited RE-related distress may explain the relatively low number of medical consultations for RE. RE-related distress is associated with worse sexual function, couple impairment, and more LUTS resulting in a worse quality of life and mood disturbances. Corona G, Rastrelli G, Bartfai G, et al. Self-Reported Shorter Than Desired Ejaculation Latency and Related Distress-Prevalence and Clinical Correlates: Results From the European Male Ageing Study. J Sex Med Rev 2021;xx:xxx-xxx.
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