Premature ejaculation in infertile couples: Prevalence and correlates

Alan W. Shindel, Christian J. Nelson, Cathy K. Naughton, John P. Mulhall

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Introduction. The incidence of premature ejaculation (PE) and other sexual problems in infertile couples is unknown. Aims. We attempted to determine the prevalence of PE in infertile couples. Methods. Infertile couples presenting for evaluation at our institutions were invited to participate in our study. Multiple regression analysis was conducted to assess for associations between partner responses. Main Outcome Measure. Respondents completed a demographic survey, the Short Form-36 (SF-36), and the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D) scale. Both partners also completed a gender-specific survey instrument to detect PE and distress related to the condition. Male partners completed the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and the Self-Esteem and Relationship Quality (SEAR) scale. Female partners completed the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and a modified version of the SEAR. Results. Fifty percent of men reported that they ejaculated more rapidly than they wished. When men reported PE, their partners agreed with the diagnosis in 47% of cases. Female partners of men who did not report PE reported PE in 11% of cases. Partner frustration related to PE was reported by 30% of men. Partners agreed that they were frustrated in 43% of these cases. Among the 70% of men who did not report partner frustration from PE, 93% of the partners agreed that they were not frustrated. There was a statistically significant negative association between male and female report of PE and SEAR scores. There were no other statistically significant associations between PE responses and demographic variables, IIEF, FSFI, CES-D, and SF-36 scores. Conclusions. PE is prevalent among infertile couples although the perceived incidence of the condition among men is higher than partner perceived incidence. Additionally, many men may overestimate the level of partner frustration related to PE. PE is associated with lower relationship satisfaction in both men and women. Further research is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-491
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sexual Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008


  • Infertility
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Relationships
  • Sexual dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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