Best of luck,
So Time Point Four will henceforth be know as the 'unpopular time point'. I've just redrawn it for a third time. Make sure you check those emails! You wouldn't want to check your spam box in two weeks, only to find you missed out!
Best of luck,
So as of this morning, everyone working their way through the survey has completed time point five! We have 464 complete time points, which represents a 46% retention rate. It might not sound great that just over half of our participants have dropped out, but I'm a glass-half-full kinda gal, and I think it's unreal that half of you actually stuck with an extensive online survey across five time points! Online surveys are particularly tricky to get people to stick with, because there's no one to call and remind you or cajole you into coming in for the next testing session. So a 46% retention rate is pretty brilliant for a study like this - thank you all so much for your dedication! I'm hoping that there will be a little spike up to 50% at time point six, but we'll see in a month.
The people who continued from time point one to time point five were more likely to be female, over 35, married or defacto, and have a university degree, compared to the people who did not complete time point five. At time point five, 76% of the sample is female (compared to 72% at time point 1), 65% don't have kids (compared to 70%), 68% have a uni degree (compared to 63%), and 46% work full time (same as at time point one). So we clearly don't have a representative sample of the population, but we have a good spread over all categories of demographics, which will give us plenty to work with.
In another month, the sixth time point will close, and the whole data collection phase will be complete! I can't adequately express how excited I am to have so much rich data to start work on answering the slippery questions on how depression, anxiety and sexual problems are related over time. Right now we're working on the time point one data, analysing some tricky models, and when that's done (probably early 2013) we'll get our hands dirty with this longitudinal data.
Now that the fifth time point is closed, we have done the fifth prize draw, and the fourth draw remains unclaimed! Again, if it's not claimed by next Tuesday, I'll redraw the prize for a third potential lucky winner. So there's two emails out there in cyberspace worth $100 that may have your name on them. Check those junk boxes - email servers might not like "win" "prize" and "sex" all in one email. Who knows why - sounds like a pretty good email to me!
Sorry for the lack of meaty updates lately. Should have more for you soon - when we start doing preliminary analyses on the whole six point dataset, and when our second paper gets published.
Thanks again for your support and interest.
All the best,
I've just re-drawn the prize for time point four. Check those emails!
Next week time point five will also close, so I'll write a more detailed update on where the data stands, and do another prize draw.
Just a quick note that the lucky winner of the prize at time point four has still not claimed their bounty! I've sent a third and final reminder to let them know they have until midnight tonight to claim it, otherwise tomorrow I'll redraw the prize to share the love with someone else.
Make sure you check your junk mail, it could be you!
All the best,
Just a quick note to let you know that the fourth prize draw is still unclaimed, so check your junk mail because it might be you! If it is still unclaimed in a week's time, I'll redraw the prize.
The next draw (for time point five) will be done two weeks from Thursday.
I've just done the fourth prize draw - so check those emails again! Also, don't forget to add email@example.com to your 'Safe List' to ensure you receive the good news direct to your inbox. The prize at each time point is a AUD$100 Mastercard Gift Card, but you have to make sure you reply to your notification email within a fortnight to prevent the prize from being redrawn and passed onto someone else.
At a quick glance, the fourth time point is looking good: The male/female ratio has remained stable at 24%/76% (males are no longer dropping out at a higher rate than females), and the continuation rate from time point one is at 49%, which is pretty good! Your dedication to the study has been brilliant, and I think we'll find some great results from this study. At the moment we're having a lot of fun with time point one, and keeping our eye out for the acceptance and eventual publication of our second paper. Watch this space!
Thanks again to you all for your involvement in our research. Check back here in three-and-a-half weeks for the next prize draw.
All the best,
This week Ryan Rivera has kindly written us a guest article on the relationships between anxiety and premature ejaculation. His own anxiety made it hard for him to interact with his sexual partners, until he eventually found relief. He now contributes to a website on controlling anxiety at www.calmclinic.com.
Let us know what you think, or if you find the ideas helpful. Enjoy!
Anxiety and Premature Ejaculation
Premature ejaculation is a common sexual problem. While premature ejaculation has no official definition, many describe it as ejaculation that occurs before the individual wishes to ejaculate, in a way that causes shame, self-doubt, stress, or other negative emotions between either the male or their sexual partner.
There is a strong relationship between anxiety and premature ejaculation. As such, controlling your anxiety may be a worthwhile treatment for controlling premature ejaculation.
How Anxiety Causes Premature Ejaculation (PE)
Anxiety is still one of the most common causes of PE. Men that have anxiety about their sexual performance tend to dwell on their ability to control their release as soon as they penetrate their partner, and the fear of releasing early both reduces their ability to enjoy the intercourse and causes them to struggle to hold back completion.
Performance anxiety can also interfere with the quality of the sexual intercourse, where nervousness causes the individual to move too fast or too slow, rather than control their ejaculation. It may also cause them to fear telling their partner to stop if they're feeling over-stimulated, so that their partner's actions cause them to ejaculate early, causing additional emotional difficulties.
How PE Causes Anxiety
Similarly, PE tends to cause more anxiety. Recall that focusing on the sensations rather than enjoying the intercourse can cause PE. After someone ejaculates early, they may worry that it will happen again, and that causes even more of a focus on their ability to control their completion and a cycle of further anxiety.
Similarly, many men equate their sexual performance with self-worth. Men that suffer from PE may become more likely to experience anxiety with the opposite sex, regardless of sexual situations, and this anxiety can spin off to other aspects of their lives.
Controlling Anxiety During Intercourse
In order to overcome PE, the individual will need to both control anxiety during intercourse and learn to regain the ability to enjoy intercourse rather than think about their performance. There are several strategies that individuals with PE can implement in order to regain their sexual confidence. These include:
Anxiety help in every aspect of their life should also be a priority, and both the PE sufferer and their partner need to be patient – those with PE will experience anxiety for a while, but with each successful attempt at controlling PE, the likelihood of experiencing anxiety and PE again decreases.
Responses for the third time point are now all complete. Five hundred and twenty-nine people completed this time point, which is great (still sitting above that 50% drop-out rate).
I've just done the third prize draw, and emailed the lucky winner. Just a reminder to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Safe List to ensure the 'winner' emails don't do straight to junk. Also that you need to reply to the email within a fortnight to claim the prize, otherwise it will be re-drawn.
The fourth prize draw will be in four weeks time. Good luck!
All the best,
I've been running some numbers comparing the group of people who completed time point one with the people who went on to complete time point two, and have found some interesting results:
Also, the second prize has now been claimed. Keep your fingers crossed for time point three!
The second prize draw is still unclaimed, so make sure you check your 'Junk' folders, and add email@example.com to your email 'Safe List'. The winner has one week to claim the prize before it's re-drawn for another lucky winner! The third prize draw will happen two weeks from tomorrow, so keep your fingers and toes crossed.
I'll have a look at the data sets tomorrow to see if there's any interesting differences in the demographics between groups.
All the best,