Is it all in the mind or is it a medical condition? Experts Debate Best Treatment for PE

(PRWEB) January 14, 2005

Leading psychiatrists and medical authorities in the field of sexual medicine are set to debate the topic: Premature Ejaculation? Psychological therapy is preferable to medical therapy.

Irwin Goldstein, MD, editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and Director of the Institute for Sexual Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, will moderate this controversial debate at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans during a champagne breakfast on January 15, 2005. The debate will be held as part of an annual lecture given by the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA).

According to the World Health Organization, half of men aged 40-70 have sexual dysfunction. Premature ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common forms of dysfunction experienced and can be caused either by psychological factors or underlying medical conditions.

Arguing in favor of a psychological treatment for PE are Michael Perelman, PhD, and David Rowland, PhD. Dr. Perelman is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Reproductive Medicine, and Urology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Dr. Rowland is currently editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research.

James Barada, MD, director of the Center for Sexual Health Albany and Culley Carson, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief Division of Urology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will argue for medical treatment.

PE has long been considered a psychological disorder, due to factors such as social pressures, emotions and psychological or physical control. However, this issue and many cite a variety of physical conditions that can contribute or be associated with PE. Great success was achieved with treatment with medical therapies such as inhibitors of PDE-5 and anti-depressants. New therapies, including those that raise serotonin, are being developed to treat? Fast? ejaculation. “

This event is sponsored by Ortho-McNeil women? s Healthcare and Urology and Blackwell Publishing. For more information on how you can attend the debate, please contact the conference coordinator of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America For general information and previous articles on this subject from the Journal of Sexual Medicine, please contact Sharon at Agsalda

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