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How is Premature Ejaculation Diagnosed?

When PE gets in the way of your sexual pleasure, you should see your health care provider. Most often, your health care provider will diagnose PE after a physical exam and talking with you. Some questions he or she may ask are:

  • How often does PE happen?
  • How long have you had this problem?
  • Does this happen with just one partner, or every partner?
  • Does PE happen with every attempt at sex?
  • What type of sexual activity (i.e., foreplay, masturbation, intercourse, use of visual cues, etc.) do you engage in and how often?
  • How has PE affected your sexual activity?
  • How are your personal relationships?
  • Is there anything that makes PE worse or better (i.e., drugs, alcohol, etc.)?

Lab testing is only needed if your health care provider finds something during your physical exam.