Why Can’t You Ejaculate During Sex?
Delayed ejaculation means that a man finds it hard to reach orgasm and ejaculate during sex.
Most men in this position have a hard erection and can make love for as long as they want without reaching the point of orgasm.
While this might seem very desirable to any man who comes too quickly, in reality it can be embarrassing and distressing to both the man and his sexual partner.
About 10-12% of men find themselves in this situation: that’s about one in ten or so.
And although that’s a lot, not much research has been done, there’s a shortage of reliable information available, and men who have this condition don’t like to talk about it.
If you have the opposite tendency – towards rapid ejaculation – you may be thinking that not being able to ejaculate sounds like a dream come true, but of course the reality is very different.
There are no benefits to delayed ejaculation!
A long, slow build up to ejaculation (which may never happen at all) makes lovemaking into hard work for both partners and tends to deprive them of any level of satisfaction.
But why does delayed ejaculation happen in the first place? That’s the question.
Well, lots of things control how fast or slow a man will reach his climax during intercourse.
“Frigid” Women vs Men Who Can’t Orgasm
But before we look at the origins of delayed ejaculation, it’s just worth remembering that many years ago a woman who was unable to achieve climax during intercourse was described as “frigid”.
That was unfair. The truth is most women cannot achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse without additional clitoral stimulation from her own hand or her partner’s hands.
Nowadays, we think of this as normal. And that’s also true if a woman can only come in other ways, such as by self-stimulation (masturbation).
But when a man can’t come during sex it somehow seems very different. In other words, delayed ejaculation is regarded as very different from female anorgasmia.
If a man is only able to achieve ejaculation through self stimulation, or he cannot reach orgasm during sexual intercourse, we tend to regard him as having a problem – and so, of course, does he.
A man with delayed ejaculation may feel like a failure in bed, and believe he is failing to satisfy his partner’s needs. And a woman is often certain that her man cannot reach orgasm because he does not find her attractive enough or arousing enough, or because she can’t satisfy him sexually.
Keep this information in the back of your mind as you read through this website, because it’s important to remember there’s a difference in the way we regard men and women who have orgasmic “disorders” of one kind or another.
In particular, if you are a couple dealing with delayed ejaculation,
- ensure you are communicating properly about how you feel
- make sure that the woman can say confidently when she wants the man to stop thrusting
- make sure the woman gets extra lube during intercourse if she needs more to continue enjoying lovemaking
- make sure the man can talk about his fears, frustration, and sadness or any other emotions
- make sure the woman can voice her feelings
That is a very basic level of communication – but you need to talk about delayed ejaculation to ensure it doesn’t cause a major rift in your relationship.
And of course better communication about the man’s sexual problem will remove the pressure from both partners and may prevent major disagreements arising.
*The good news is, most men get massive improvements from my self-help program at home.*
You can achieve the greatest success when both you and your partner are involved in the solution, and you’re willing to explore any underlying emotional issues which are reinforcing the difficulties you’re having reaching the point of orgasm and ejaculation.
By the way, at the moment there are no drugs which can be used to increase the speed with which a man achieves climax.
Sidebar: find out more about how porn can cause delayed ejaculation and other sexual problems
What Does Sex Mean For You?
Most people think of sex as foreplay, penetration, and thrusting, followed by the man being carried away on a surge of increasing sexual arousal with little or no discrimination about the point at which he ejaculates.
Whether the woman likes it or not, this is the way it is: when the man ejaculates, sexual intercourse is usually finished for them both.
This can be deeply unsatisfying – both physically and emotionally – for the woman.
For one thing, she may not be physically pleasured or emotionally fulfilled, and she’s almost certainly not had an orgasm.
So the end of intercourse produces an emotional break, a separation, from her partner.
Most women see the physical and emotional connection of lovemaking as important – as a sign of her love for her man.
So intercourse ending when the man ejaculates is both normal and upsetting.
Equally, for the man, his prescribed role as a lover tends to be about thrusting and ejaculating…. most couples might prefer things to be different, but usually he doesn’t have much control over when he comes, and he’s grateful for any pleasure he gets.
But sex can be much better than this!
That’s when the length, intensity, and pleasure of intercourse give the man with a feeling of satisfaction and masculine power.
And if he can choose when to ejaculate, and has control and choice over the timing of his orgasm, then bot partners tend to feel much happier.
Especially the woman, because intercourse will involve satisfying physical contact and emotional connection with her partner. And maybe even an orgasm.
And it’s true that some women find long lasting vaginal intercourse produces a deeply satisfying G spot or vaginal orgasm, which is a profoundly different experience to a clitoral orgasm.
But for most couples, delayed ejaculation is a problem. So let’s find out what you can do about it – click here to get an effective treatment.
*Two good research summaries which you may find helpful are a piece in Sandra Leiblum’s book Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, and a piece on the Treatment Of Retarded Ejaculation in the Handbook of Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders by David Rowland and Luca Incrocci, published in 2008.
*Delayed ejaculation treatment is conventionally regarded as quite complex, requiring the skilled work of systemic, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral therapists. As we shall see, that is not true.