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J Sex Med. 2006 Mar;3(2):337-43.

A qualitative pilot study of islamic men with lifelong premature (rapid) ejaculation.

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St. Mary's Hospital--Jefferiss Wing, Paddington, London, UK.



Premature ejaculation is a common sexual problem in men. Although the etiology is unclear, there is emerging evidence that men from different ethnic backgrounds may be more at risk.


The aim of this study was to generate themes and hypotheses around the etiology of premature ejaculation with particular reference to men from Islamic backgrounds.


This is an explorative qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 10 male volunteers with a clinical diagnosis of premature ejaculation. Interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed. Transcriptions were then hand-coded and analyzed using grounded theory.


Anxious first sexual experience (with subtheme: fear of being discovered and wanting to finish early); sex before marriage; sex outside of marriage; religion; "stress;" exposure to Western images; living in the United Kingdom; and the subsequent feeling of freedom were themes that emerged from the transcripts.


We have identified factors associated with premature ejaculation in patients with Islamic backgrounds attending our unit. This may have useful therapeutic implications when consulting Islamic men with premature ejaculation.

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