Premature Ejaculation

Experiencing an orgasm before penetrative sex or coming too quickly during intercourse is normal when it happens occasionally. But when it happens constantly, it could be premature ejaculation (PE).

PE is a problem, but we’re discussing solutions today!

We’re covering the following:

  • How to cure PE permanently
  • How exercise for premature ejaculation can help
  • Are there home remedies for premature ejaculation?
  • Do anesthetic creams work?
  • Does lidocaine spray work?
  • Are there foods to cure premature ejaculation?
  • What is the squeeze technique?

PE symptoms and occurrences have various levels of severity, and there are two classifications of PE. Let’s begin with facts on PE, including causes and risk factors.

Understanding Premature Ejaculation

The American Psychiatric Association groups PE symptoms into mild, moderate, or severe levels. Experts also say that a person’s ability to deal with PE can alter its severity.

For instance, a person who always ejaculates in under one minute of intercourse may have a mild case of PE, but when their mental health suffers, it often feels worse.

The two PE classifications are:

Lifelong PE

It’s also called primary PE when a person has experienced symptoms since becoming sexually active.

Secondary PE

It’s also called secondary PE, meaning a person begins to experience PE, but they didn’t before.

PE Is Common

Statistics show that one in five men aged 18 to 59 has experienced premature ejaculation.

The American Urological Association calls premature ejaculation the most common male sexual dysfunction.

Premature Ejaculation Causes and Risk Factors

Premature Ejaculation risk factors

While sexual health researchers pinpoint a definitive cause for PE, brain chemistry may provide some answers, and research indicates that lower serotonin levels in the brain can produce quicker ejaculations.

Emotional Risk Factors

Mental and emotional health can worsen PE. Emotional risk factors include:

  • Stress levels and depression
  • Anxiety about sexual performance
  • Guilt about sex or negative feelings (sexual repression)
  • Relationship problems
  • Poor self-confidence or body image.

Physical Risk Factors

Risk factors within the body may physically alter PE symptoms. Known physical risk factors include:

  • Imbalanced hormone levels
  • Irregularity with neurotransmitters in the brain, which is imbalanced brain chemicals affecting the transmission of messages or impulses within the body
  • An inflamed prostate
  • An infected urethra (connected to the bladder that passes urine)
  • Genetic issues inherited from the parents.

Now, on to another common question.

Is Premature Ejaculation Like Erectile Dysfunction?

There are connections between PE and erectile dysfunction (ED) that can feel like a vicious circle.

When erections become difficult or impossible, it’s typically ED. But when someone gets anxious about ED and losing an erection, they may subconsciously rush their ejaculating.

But there are solutions!

Research shows that many science-backed ED treatments can help in treating or curing premature ejaculation.

How to Cure PE Permanently

Because PE has levels of severity and different classifications, the most effective treatments (and hopefully, cures) also vary. But many safe techniques and methods exist, including:

  • Counselling, behavioural therapies and self-help techniques
  • PE-specific medications
  • Healthy lifestyle and dietary changes
  • Using thicker condoms during sex to minimize sensations.

Counselling and behavioural therapy can improve emotional health and eliminate guilt, anxiety, or sexual repression issues, curing PE. A treatment program with multiple strategies often ensures the best result.

Counselling to Treat PE

When a person’s PE stems from mental health stresses like performance anxiety, depression, guilt, or relationship problems, receiving counselling from a mental health professional or sex therapist can be beneficial.

Behavioural Therapy

A standard method in behavioural therapy is the squeeze technique. This method, and other methods, can help a person control their body and feelings.

Squeeze Technique

This technique involves stimulating the penis to the point of orgasm. Then, gentle pressure gets applied to the head of the penis to decrease arousal.

Pressure is most effective with the index finger on the back of the penis between the head and shaft and the thumb on the other side. Gently squeeze for 30 seconds, and repeat this process several times.

Start-Stop Technique

This method is similar to the squeeze technique as the penis gets stimulated to the point of orgasm. Then, halt stimulation until the urge to ejaculate is gone.

Repeating this method several times allows someone to recognize how arousal feels before ejaculation, helping them control their arousal and delay ejaculation.

Distracted Thinking

This method focuses your mind on nonsexual things while the penis gets stimulated, using naming sequences. So what is that?

Naming sequences involve visualizing stuff like what you see when you drive to the gym or naming the roster of your favourite sports team.

How Exercise for Premature Ejaculation Can Help

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While behavioural techniques and counselling can effectively treat mental health issues, specific physical exercises may treat PE too.

Let’s explain these different physical methods.

Pelvic Floor Exercises

A strong pelvic floor supports the sphincter muscle in the urethra. Once a person starts doing pelvic floor exercises regularly, they can learn to control their pelvic floor.

Kegel Exercises and Self-Help Techniques

Different methods exist that can help control the urge to ejaculate. The following techniques can help to treat PE:

  • Kegel exercises for men involve contracting muscles at the base of the penis for a sensation of pulling inwards and also tightening as if to stop urination
  • Self-pleasure by masturbating approximately two hours before intercourse
  • Sexual intercourse with a partner on top and having them pull away before ejaculation
  • Deep breathing to help prevent the urge to ejaculate.

The idea is to perform these techniques at home, but what else can you do to treat PE?

Home Remedies for Premature Ejaculation

Unfortunately, no home remedies for premature ejaculation are medically recommended, and any potions or pills you might see online can be dangerous.

Instead, let’s discuss healthy ways you can help treat PE.

Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Quitting smoking benefits your whole health, and it helps to improve sexual dysfunctions like PE or ED. Other lifestyle changes like cutting back on alcohol or weight loss are equally beneficial.

Are There Foods to Cure Premature Ejaculation?

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Foods that are mineral-rich in zinc and magnesium show some benefits in helping to delay ejaculation during intercourse. Try to eat healthy amounts of almonds, kidney beans, spinach, wheat germ (cereals), yogurt, soybeans, even pumpkin seeds or oysters!

Can Anesthetic Creams or Lidocaine Spray Help?

Generally prescribed desensitizing creams or sprays may help in temporarily delaying ejaculation when applied to the head of the penis for approximately 30 minutes.

Remember to wash off creams or sprays before sex to minimize discomfort for your partner and lessen any effects on your erection.

Other Medications to Treat PE

While no known drug treats PE specifically, your doctor or sexual health specialist may suggest “off-label” medications as part of a PE treatment program.

Off-label medications treat other conditions but can assist in treating PE too. These medications include:


Premature ejaculation causes

Delayed orgasm or ejaculation appears to be a side effect in certain antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), so it could benefit people with PE.

However, other side effects of SSRIs include nausea and drowsiness, which may decrease interest in sex. It’s always best to discuss benefits versus complications with a medical professional.

Erectile Dysfunction Medications

Medications for ED can improve erections and may delay ejaculation, but you need a prescription for legitimate ED medications from a medical professional.

Curing PE Permanently Is the Goal

Whether premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction, sexual dysfunction affects your desire, performance, and sometimes your whole life. For instance, PE can affect starting a family because sperm can’t properly fertilize an egg.

Proven solutions, real results—at Oakwood Health Network, that’s what we do! So while we offer this article about techniques, treatments, or medications to help treat premature ejaculation, we’re here if your condition persists.

AT OHN, our specialty is men’s sexual health issues. We have complete diagnostic testing available, and our treatment options are world-class.

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