Premature ejaculation, also known as PE, early ejaculation, rapid ejaculation, rapid climax, premature climax, and, historically, ejaculatio praecoxdoes, is the most common sexual disorder impacting men.
According to several comprehensive studies, including one conducted by the world renowned Mayo Clinic, early ejaculation affects more than 30% of males, regardless of age, ethnicity, or socio-economic condition. Other experts put the number as high as 50% of males.
While the study results are staggering, the good news is that you can treat premature ejaculation safely and naturally, many times with simple, home remedies. There is often no need for costly medical treatments or the negative side effects of prescription drugs or over the counter medications.
Like many male sexual disorders premature ejaculation does not have a singular definition. Broadly speaking, premature ejaculation occurs during sexual intercourse when males ejaculate sooner they or their partners would like. Many medical experts, however, define early climax as the inability to have penetrable and pleasurable intercourse for more than one minute.
Forget about the experts for a moment, the real question is how long should intercourse last? Now we've just opened a real can of worms. Who can possibly agree on the answer to that question? People like all different kinds of sex and sexual experiences. Some people enjoy long marathon sex sessions, others enjoy sex that lasts less than ten minutes, and some don't enjoy intercourse at all. However, since our goal is to provide solutions to combat rapid climax safely and naturally, let's try to find some answers. According to one of the most comprehensive studies, the majority of women said penetrative sex is most desirable for 5-10 minutes. Based on this study, our goal is to be able to perform for more than five minutes. Can we achieve that, and how are men statistically stacking up?
If premature ejaculation is defined as penetrative sex lasting less than one minute, what is the average time-to-climax?
In a study of over 1500 men, The Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that the average time between penetration and orgasm for man experiencing early climax was 1.8 minutes, compared to 7.3 minutes for non-premature ejaculators. Another study of 500 couples across five countries measured time from penetration to climax ranging from 33 seconds to 44 minutes with the median being 5.4 minutes.
So where do you find yourself on this spectrum? If you are on the lower end, there are steps you can take to significantly increase your time-to-ejaculation. Let's first better understand the symptoms, types, and causes of early climax.
Premature ejaculation may cause symptoms and types of rapid climax can vary just as much as the definition. While the primary symptom of premature ejaculation is climax within less than one minute of penetration, some men, experience a far more pervasive form of rapid climaxing that can occur in other intimate situations, including while simply kissing, touching, or masturbating.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are two types of premature ejaculation:
In addition, there are other men that complain of symptoms of early climax, which do not meet the typical diagnostic criteria for premature ejaculation previously described. Rather, these men may simply experience what is referred to as natural variable PE, which includes periods of rapid climax along with periods of normal ejaculation.
Rapid climaxing can be caused by physical, emotional, and psychological factors, including overly sensitive penile nerves, hyperactive reflexes, weak pelvic muscles, extreme arousal, infrequent sexual activity, performance anxiety, inflammation or infection of the prostate, depression, anxiety, ED, and side effects of prescription medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Rapid climax can also be related to erectile dysfunction (ED), with fast ejaculation brought on by the desire to climax before losing an erection.
Regardless of the causes, it's one of the most debilitating sexual disorders for men. Unfortunately, once premature ejaculation establishes itself, fear of and mental preoccupation with the disorder can actually induce the unwanted rapid ejaculation, creating a vicious cycle. The good news, however, is that the cycle can be interrupted, you can treat early climax safely and naturally. Take back control of your body and sexual performance. In most cases, there is no need for prescription drugs or over the counter medications with negative side effects.
Understanding what’s needed to create and sustain a long-lasting erection is one of the most important first steps to overcome premature climax, help delay ejaculation, and treat premature ejaculation. The following factors are needed in order for your body to not only produce a rigid erection, but they are also required to prevent early ejaculation and maintain a long-lasting erection.
Your penis is controlled by a series of small muscles, known as the male pelvic muscles. These are responsible for forcing blood into the penis and keeping it from leaving, thereby creating hard erections. Unfortunately for men, the pelvic muscles are weak to begin with, and get weaker with age, resulting in premature ejaculation, limp erections, and reduced sexual performance as we cover in our post on your manhood and aging.
When strengthened properly with pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, the male pelvic floor creates harder and longer-lasting erections. More importantly, when the pelvic muscles are dramatically strengthened, they can be engaged and contracted during intercourse, which helps to short-circuit the ejaculation response and enables you to perform longer. We'll discuss this more below.
Longer-lasting erections are not only created by a powerful pelvic floor muscles. The penis requires forceful blood flow, high testosterone, and elevated nitric oxide levels to create rigid erections and help prevent and stop premature ejaculation.
Just like the pelvic floor, healthy and sufficient blood flow often diminishes with age, causing ED, premature ejaculation, and loss of sexual performance. Testosterone levels in men also diminishes with age, which has been proven to reduce time-to-ejaculation.
Healthy penile nerve stimulation is necessary to create and maintain powerful and long-lasting erections. While overly sensitive penile nerves can cause premature ejaculation, lack of nerve stimulation, however, can inhibit an erection from properly forming. Creating the right balance is necessary in order to improve time-to-ejaculation. Therefore, it is critical that the solution used for fighting PE reduces penile nerve sensitivity, while still maintaining the ability to keep a rigid erection.
Now that we know what our body needs to help stop premature ejaculation and improve time-to-ejaculation, let's explore how we create these conditions safely and naturally, without costly medical treatment and the side affects that may come with prescription medication.
Strengthening your pelvic muscles is one of the most effective ways to fight sexual dysfunction and prevent the onset of premature ejaculation. The pelvic muscles, which support and help control the penis, have the ability to short circuit premature ejaculation when they are actively engaged immediately before ejaculation . In fact, strong pelvic muscles not only help delay ejaculation, but they also help make orgasms more intense and pleasurable.
For most men these muscles are weak and get weaker with age, increasing the likelihood of premature orgasm. A recent study found pelvic floor exercises to be more effective than medical treatment in treating premature ejaculation.
How you use you engage your pelvic muscles and move your body during intercourse can be critical to preventing early orgasm. The following are three effective behavioral techniques that can be used during sex to improve time-to-ejaculation: down tempo, stop start, and the pause squeeze technique.
Maintaining normal penile nerve sensitivity and decreasing overly sensitive penile nerves is critical to preventing premature orgasm, while at the same maintaining a rigid erection. Using a clinically proven desensitizing spray or lidocaine prilocaine cream can reduce excessive penile sensitivity and create longer-lasting, more enjoyable intimacy.
Penile nerve sensitivity can also be reduced by masturbating prior to sexual intercourse. Learn more about how to masturbate the right way.
Using thicker condoms can also help reduce the penile stimulation and increase the amount of time it takes to orgasm. However, some men report that thicker condoms can impede orgasm and reduce their ability to maintain a rigid erection. For this reason, we recommend using a thin condom along with a clinically proven desensitizing spray that is compatible and safe to use with condoms.
The proper natural supplements can help improve forceful blood flow, increase testosterone, and improve nitric oxide levels needed to create rigid erections and help prevent and stop early climax.
Just like the pelvic floor muscles, healthy and sufficient blood flow often diminishes with age, causing erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and loss of sexual performance. Testosterone levels in men also diminishes with age, which has been proven to reduce time-to-orgasm. Your body needs the proper natural supplements to increase sexual activity, sexual performance, and improve sexual health. Knowing which minerals and supplements to focus on can be the difference between being proactive and setting yourself up for success or struggling with the same issues over and over.
Zinc supplements and magnesium supplements are both proven to improve sexual health and help support healthy sexual activity. Zinc supplements have been shown to help decrease infertility, increase serum testosterone levels, improve your libido, and help reduce ED and PE. According to the Asian Journal of Andrology, magnesium is also an important supplement for the treatment of sexual disorders and is directly tied to PE because magnesium increases muscle contractions in your pelvic floor muscles during orgasm.
Numerous studies have also shown that supplements containing some of the following: L-citrulline, panax ginseng, dong quai, and hypericum perforatum, commonly called "St. John’s Wort," can be effective in the treatment of early climax.
Since premature ejaculation can often have psychological origins, talking to a doctor, mental health professional, or sexual therapist can also be extremely helpful. We encourage everyone who experiences any form of male sexual disorder to seek medical advice from a sexual medicine professional or some form of sex therapy. In some very severe cases, receiving medical treatment maybe necessary.
When it comes to mental health, speaking to a professional is the most effective way to get a better understanding of your PE. Remember guys, there is nothing wrong with talking about our sexual health and getting sound medical advice for the treatment of sexual disorders. In fact, we should do more of it.
When it comes to preventing premature ejaculation, never lose hope. It may take time to explore treatments and treatment options, improve your body, strengthen your weak pelvic floor, and reduce your sexual anxieties. Whether it's premature ejaculation, ED, or any other sexual dysfunction, you can take an active role in fighting these impairments. If you make sex and sexual health a priority, you'll notice improvements to your sex life much sooner than you think.
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