Premature ejaculation. These two words make even the hardiest male shudder. Most men may scoff and claim it never happens to them, that their stamina is so great that they can go all night if necessary. But in fact, it's the rare man who has not at least once or twice released a load of semen before he was ready to (or before his partner was ready for it). And while there can be a connection between penis health and ejaculatory status, sometimes even men who take superb care of their equipment can be a little quick on the trigger.

How many?

Just how common a problem is premature ejaculation? There's some debate on this point.

For example, a study was conducted in the United States that found about 75% of men ejaculated within two minutes of penetration about half of the time they had sex. On the other hand, a more recent British survey found that only 10% of men claimed they sometimes had this issue. And other surveys have come up with figures of 20% to 30% of men being affected.

Definitions

Why such wide variation? Were men in the 1940s simply less able to control their ejaculations? Perhaps, but it more likely has to do with a variety of things, including how premature ejaculation is defined, who is being asked, how the questions are phrased and how honest the respondents are being.

So how is premature ejaculation defined, officially? Even here there is some disagreement. The Mayo Clinic considers premature ejaculation to be consistently ejaculating within one minute of starting. A 2006 study concluded that men with this issue listed, on average, 1.8 minutes. One 2005 study found that the average man novels 5.4 minutes, and so theoretically anything under that could be considered premature.

Practically, a man might be considered an early ender simply if he ejaculated before his partner was satisfied. If the partner also orgasms after 1 minute, does it really matter if the man does, too? But by that same token, a man who does last for 30 or 40 minutes would have considered a quick shooter if his partner takes longer to reach fulfillment.

Duration

So there's confusion about what makes a man premature; however, most scientists agree that caring between 3 and 7 minutes is pretty typical for men. Guys who fall short of that mark may be considered premature.

Treatment

Many men are quick on the draw yet are not bothered by it. They accept it, enjoy their time inside their partner and are fine with finding other ways to please their partner once they have ejaculated.

But some men desire more and so may seek treatment, which can be an involved process. Sometimes a man learns to last longer simply through age and experience. But there are a number of treatments (behavioral modification, topical anesthetic applications, counseling, kegel exercises, deep breathing, tantric exercises, oral medications, etc.) often employed to help a man last longer. They work well for some men, sometimes not so well for others.

If a man finds that, despite his best efforts, he still does not have the stamina he wishes he had when in a sexual situation, it's best to remember that the quality of the sex is of much more importance than the duration. The man who is a tender, thoughtful lover is the true prize, whether his stupina is great or modest.

A healthy penis is also a bonus, and regular use of a top shelf penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help a man achieve this. The crème should include both L-arginine and L-carnitine. The former is an amino acid that's useful in the creation of nitric oxide, which in turn helps keep penile blood vessels open and receptive to the increased blood flow needed for a happily functioning penis. And L-carnitine is beneficial for the penis that has experienced rough handling and is feeling a diminishment of sensation as a result. This neuroprotective ingredient helps restore lost sensation in the member.