Let’s talk about Men’s Health. And I think when it comes to ‘men’s health’ and health conditions, the initial problem is actually the talking part.
I attended last Wednesday (March 26) a special discussion on men’s health issues at the Marquee Hall of the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel organized by Menarini, the world’s largest Italian biopharmaceutical company in the world. The discussion was centered on the subject of Premature Ejaculation or PE.
What is Premature Ejaculation?
Ejaculation is the release of sperm and seminal fluid during intercourse. Premature ejaculation is when a man ejaculates with little stimulation and before the man wishes. This can lead to a decrease in satisfaction and quality of life for men and their partners.
Let’s take a short personal evaluation: (for MEN only)
- How difficult is it for you to delay ejaculation? (rate from 0-4; with 0 = as not difficult and 4 = extremely difficult)
- Do you ejaculate before you want to? (rate from 0-4; with 0 = as almost never and 4 = as almost always)
- Do you ejaculate with very little stimulation? (rate from 0-4; with 0 = as almost never and 4 = as almost always)
- Do you feel frustrated because of ejaculating before you want to? (rate from 0-4; with 0 = as not at all and 4 = as extremely)
- How concerned are you that your time to ejaculation leaves your partner unfulfilled? (rate from 0-4; with 0 = as not at all and 4 = as extremely)
Add your score:
- Total score less than or equal to 8: no premature ejaculation
- Total score 9/10: probable premature ejaculation
- Total score greater than or equal to 11: premature ejaaculation
source: symonds t, perelman ma, althof s, guilano f, martin m, may k, et al. development and validation of a premature ejaculation diagnostic tool. european eulogy 2007.
According to the forum last Wednesday which was hosted RJ Ledesma, One in three men may experience some form of premature ejaculation in their lives which negatively impacts their quality of life and relationship with their partner.
Based on Asia-Pacific survey results involving 5,000 male participants, about 16% of the respondents were diagnosed with premature ejaculation and 15% with probable premature ejaculation. That’s 31% of male respondents at high risk. In similar studies, only 5% of male respondents were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction which makes premature ejaculation a more pressing concern when it comes to male health.
Number Games (Philippine Survey Result):
- 1 in 3 respondents agree that it is the MEN who would typically initiate lovemaking between couples
- 9.4 times a month is the average frequency of lovemaking between couples
- 80% of the respondents want to increase this frequency even more
- 6-15 minutes is the average duration for men to ejaculate
- 8 out of 10 women express desire to increase their partner’s current ejaculation time
There is so little awareness for premature ejaculation, as men tend to deny the condition and women would rather grin and bear it, no matter how dissatisfied they are in the bedroom. Until recently, the winds have finally changed, and the topic is no longer confined and whispered about in secret.
Also present last Wednesday are celebrity couples Anthony Pangilinan and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, Regine Tolentino and husband Lander Vera-Perez, and couple hosts Suzie Entrata and Paolo Abrera who co-hosted the event with RJ Ledesma.
Coping with premature ejaculation is both emotional and physical. PE may cause low self-confidence, anxiety, feelings of shame and avoidance of sexual intimacy. PE can also affect partners, negatively impacting the overall quality of life and satisfaction for couples.
The lively exchange between the guest couples catalyzed an open discussion of the condition.
Meanwhile experts Dr. Margie Holmes, noted and popular author and psychologist specializing in sex therapy, as well as urologist and men’s health expert Dr. Dennis Serrano were also there to provide guidance and wisdom with regards to the topic.
Can Premature Ejaculation be treated?
Many men carry on with their lives hoping that their premature ejaculation will get better with time. The important thing to remember is that premature ejaculation is treatable, and that by speaking to your doctor, you can access a number of effective treatments.
Dr. Cay de Quiroz, the Medical Director of Menarini announced that they will be launching soon Dapoxetine, the first and only drug specifically designed and approved for premature ejaculation. She said that it will be available in drugstores in June 2014. There will also be an early experience program for the product happening soon.
Dapoxetine is now approved in over 50 countries and proven to be well-tolerated and to significantly improve all measures of premature ejaculation, including control over ejaculation and satisfaction. The drug is available by prescription in 30mg and 60mg oral tablets and will be sold at 450 Php each.
How does it work?
In the past, premature ejaculation was thought to be purely psychological. Now doctors understand that premature ejaculation can have a biological explanation and is associated with serotonin signals in the brain that control ejaculation. Serotonin is a brain chemical that acts as a messenger.
Men with premature ejaculation may have decreased levels of serotonin. Dapoxetine quickly increases the synaptic levels of serotonin, improving the symptoms of premature ejaculation. The drug is indicated for men with premature ejaculation aged between 18 to 64 years old. Dapoxetine however is not recommended for those with significant pathological cardiac conditions, including heart failure, conduction abnormalities, significant ischemic and valvular disease, and history of syncope. Men with current or past mental problems, or eye disorders are advised to seek advice from their physicians before starting treatment with Dapoxetine.
Premature ejaculation is not just a psychological problem affecting men, it is an issue that affects relationships between partners, between husbands and wives. Stress, dissatisfaction, insecurity – the problem of PE affects many, and sadly behind closed doors, many choose to brush it away, when in fact, they can get help.
Menarini is determined to bring to the forefront of our consciousness the issue of PE – primarily for Filipino couples through the launching of the ‘Commit to Control PE’ campaign. The company had set up a website that can help guide a man and his partner, in determining if he indeed suffers from this condition. The website helps sufferer find the doctor for him, so that he can get treatment for the condition.