A study from Italy shows that prostate infections may be a common cause of premature ejaculation.

Most teen-age boys suffer from premature ejaculation, but after the teen years, this condition is abnormal. There is no evidence to support the view that premature ejaculation is caused by emotional problems. In this month's issue of the medical journal, Urology, researchers massaged the prostates of men with premature ejaculation, examined their semen, and found an infection in 56 percent. They were able to grow the specific bacteria on 47 percent. The control group had a much lower incidence of infection.

On the basis of this study, men who with premature ejaculation should check with their doctor, have their semen analyzed for infection, and those who are infected should be treated for the many months it takes to cure prostatitis. If infection is not found, premature ejaculation can be treated with antidepressants such a 20 mg of Paxil one hour before making love.

Prevalence of chronic prostatitis in men with premature ejaculation. Urology, 2001, Vol 58, Iss 2, pp 198-202. E Screponi, E Carosa, SM DiStasi, M Pepe, G Carruba, EA Jannini. Jannini EA, Univ Aquila, Dept Expt Med, Div Med Reprod & Sexol, Bldg 2, Room A2-54, I-67100 Laquila, ITALY

Checked 8/9/05

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