Could premature ejaculation be genetic?

Monday 26th April, 2010

Premature ejaculation (PE) is often attributed to psychological problems but scientists still believe it could be caused by genetics.

We published a story in 2008 which involved a team of Dutch scientists who claimed the condition may be caused by a fault in the gene that controls serotonin levels.

Now researchers from Sweden and Finland claim that men who suffer with PE are more likely to have an abnormality in the gene that controls dopamine – the chemical that affects movement, attention span and the perception of pleasure and reward.

The study involved nearly 1,300 men aged 18-45 years old who were asked how long they could last during sex. Saliva samples were then taken to identify defects in the dopamine transporting DAT1 gene. Results showed that men with an altered form of the gene were more likely to suffer with PE.

The research team believe PE could be treated by boosting levels of dopamine. Clinical trials during the 1970s suggested that dopamine drugs used on some Parkinson’s disease patients had an aphrodisiac effect.

However, most experts still believe that premature ejaculation is a psychological problem that can be treated using relaxation techniques as well as talking therapies such as CBT or Counselling and Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine remedies.

In response to the story published in 2008, Paula Hall, a sexual psychotherapist for Relate said:

“Premature ejaculation is definitely not purely psychological. But there can be a psychological element. The acid test is how much control they have on their own. If the problem only occurs with their partner then it is more likely to be psychological.”

Read more about how alternative medicine and complementary therapy can help premature ejaculation



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