What is premature ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation is the most common type of ejaculation problem where, during intercourse, ejaculation occurs too quickly. The 'normal' length of time before ejaculation during intercourse is objective. Studies across the world have found that the average time between starting sexual intercourse and ejaculation was around 5.5 minutes. It is therefore dependent on the individual and his partner to decide whether the time that it takes for him to ejaculate is normal and whether any treatment for premature ejaculation is necessary.
How common is premature ejaculation?
According to the NHS
, it is estimated that 20-30% of men in England will experience at least one episode of premature ejaculation during their lifetime.
What are the causes of premature ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation, much like erectile dysfunction, can be caused by both physical and psychological factors such as medications (that can affect normal ejaculation), alcohol misuse, inflammation of the prostate
, anxiety and unresolved issues relating to traumatic sexual experiences.
Treatment for premature ejaculation
Treatment for premature ejaculation caused by psychological factors can be challenging, but can be successful. Typical medicalised treatments for premature ejaculation include:
How to cure premature ejaculation naturally
- Couples therapy.
- Sex therapy.
- Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) medication such as paroxetine, sertraline and fluoxetine.
- PDE-5 inhibitors to treat erectile dysfunction.
There are a number of non-medical self-help techniques that can be tried to restore normal ejaculation before seeking medical help, including:
How can I stop premature ejaculation?
- Use a libido-enhancing supplement such as horny goat weed or tribulus terrestris.
- Masturbating an hour or two prior to intercourse.
- Using a thick or desensitising condom to decrease penis sensitivity.
- Taking a deep breath to briefly stop ejaculatory reflex during intercourse.
- Having sex with the insertive partner on top.
- Taking breaks during intercourse.
- Thinking about something boring during intercourse.
Apart from the treatments and techniques for delaying premature ejaculation mentioned above, simply using a penis desensitising spray such as Stud 100
and desensitising condoms can help prolong intercourse and assist in building confidence in men who are accustomed to premature ejaculation affecting their lovemaking.