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Psychological interventions for delayed ejaculation/orgasm


Of all the male sexual dysfunctions, delayed ejaculation (DE) is the least understood, least common and least studied. This paper aims to review and integrate the diverse psychological theories and proposed psychological interventions for DE. Clinicians will then be able to more clearly discern the relevant psychological/interpersonal issues of the patient/couple and implement systematically based effective interventions. After reviewing the literature, it is clear that no one theory accounts for all the varied presentations of DE, and no theory by itself has strong empirical support. However, awareness of the diverse points of view helps clinicians conduct better assessments and broaden their understanding of the patient's ejaculatory dysfunction. Similarly, no one psychological intervention works for all patients, nor will unsystematic random selection of interventions. This paper stresses on the need to clearly identify the source of the dysfunction and select treatments based upon the precipitating and maintaining factors. Much work remains to be done with regard to our understanding and treatment of DE. Specifically, we need to craft an evidence-based definition, assess the true prevalence of the dysfunction, demonstrate the efficacy of psychological interventions and design validated outcome measures.

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Dr Althof is a principal or sub-investigator for Boehringer-Ingelheim, Endocutics, Palitan Technologies and United Biosource. He is also a consultant to Boehringer-Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, Palitan and Shionogi. He serves on Advisory Boards for Bayer, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, Palitan Technologies and Shionogi.

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Althof, S. Psychological interventions for delayed ejaculation/orgasm. Int J Impot Res 24, 131–136 (2012).

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