The criteria for DE (delayed ejaculation) depends on the lack of control during ejaculation, associated distress, and long EL time (ejaculation latency). The study aims at standardizing the criteria for the condition to understand the subjects better.

The study collected 572 men via social media and surveyed them regarding EL, typical EL, PE (premature ejaculation), and ideal EL. The survey also included the level of associated distress and the ability to control. The subjects were classified into four groups with one reference group with no ejaculation disorder and the subjects identified as PE.

The subjects with probable DE had twice the length of EL than the reference group with no disorder. Those with probable DE were then classified as DE1 and DE2 (higher difference group as DE2). There was also a significant difference in the control and advancement between DE2 and reference groups. There was no difference in the associated distress.

The ejaculatory control and EL are major criteria for differentiating subjects with probable DE and those with no disorders. This classification could be used as a standard for diagnosing subjects with DE. However, since the subjects were scouted from social media platforms, the findings cannot be generalized.

Ref: https://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(20)30766-9/fulltext