Serotonin Levels and Ejaculation
Serotonin Levels and Ejaculation, Ejaculation is controlled by chemicals called ‘neurotransmitters’ which are released by nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. The neurotransmitter that helps delay ejaculation is called serotonin. If your levels of serotonin are disrupted – or if the serotonin signaling in your brain isn’t working normally – you may experience premature ejaculation.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are linked to delayed ejaculation. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors include Prozac and Paxil. These common antidepressant medications prevent reuptake of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, from the nerve synapse, which refers to the space into which a neurotransmitter is released from one neuron to another, sending an electrochemical signal. As a result, experts are correlating serotonin levels to premature ejaculation.
The side effect of SSRI antidepressants include delayed ejaculation or even inability to ejaculate. Since serotonin in the brain is one of the molecules involved in ejaculation, this led to the theory that low serotonin levels might cause premature ejaculation.
When considering premature ejaculation, be sure to review your medications with your physician. You may have an imbalance of neurotransmitters that is causing premature ejaculation and a medication change may be all you require to get your life back on track.