How To Stop Premature Ejaculation: Prevention and Cure
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- Premature Ejaculation is not uncommon.
- Premature Ejaculation has many causes. Hormone imbalance, particularly low levels of HGH, could be one of them.
- Premature Ejaculation can be curbed with treatment and specific exercises.
What is Premature Ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates sooner during sexual intercourse than he or his partner would like.
Premature ejaculation can be a difficult and embarrassing condition for men. In recent years with the introduction of successful erectile dysfunction (ED) treatments, men’s sexual issues have come out of the shadows. Yet, PE, or premature ejaculation, tends to get overlooked.
Men with PE ejaculate with very little stimulation. This usually occurs before he or his partner would like. Men with PE will reach orgasm either during foreplay or just as sexual intercourse begins.
While PE does not get the kind of attention that ED does, it can be just as destructive to a man’s sex life. Premature ejaculation causes significant anxiety in men, which can lead to further sexual performance issues and place a lot of stress on relationships.
What Can Cause Premature Ejaculation?
There really is not a clear-cut cause for premature ejaculation. With time and maturity, most men learn to recognize certain sensations and can delay orgasm. Occasionally PE may occur with a new or particularly “exciting partner.” Sometimes PE occurs only during certain sexual acts or using particular positions. Long-term PE can be influenced by stress, anxiety, and hormonal levels. Here is a breakdown of some of the possible causes of PE.
Biological Causes of Premature Ejaculation
The biological or physical causes of PE can include:
- An underlying erectile dysfunction diagnosis.
- A hormonal problem with oxytocin levels, which has a role in sexual function in men. Other hormone levels that play a role in sexual function include testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), prolactin, and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
- Low serotonin or dopamine levels. These are chemicals in the brain that are involved in sexual desire and excitement.
- A penis that is extra sensitive to stimulation.
- Excessive masturbation
Emotional Causes of Premature Ejaculation
Emotional or psychological causes that could influence PE include:
Psychological factors that might play a role include:
- Early sexual experiences
- Sexual abuse
- Poor body image
- Worrying about premature ejaculation
- Guilty feelings that increase your tendency to rush through sexual encounters
Drugs and Medications That Can Cause PE
Alcohol and illegal recreational drugs such as amphetamines and cocaine can cause have been known to cause premature ejaculation. You should avoid exceeding the recommended daily limit of 2 – 3 units of alcohol and steer clear of any illegal substances if you are having problems with your erections. Prescription medications for Parkinson’s disease have been shown to cause PE.
Can PE be a Serious Problem?
While it can wreak havoc on your sex life and your emotional health, PE in and of itself is not a serious medical condition in terms of it being life-threatening or posing any kind of serious health risk; however, PE can be caused by a more serious underlying medical condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. Prostate disease and hypothyroidism can also decrease the duration of a man’s erection.
So, if PE is more than an occasional problem for you, you should see your doctor.
How to Talk to Your Partner About PE
Conditions involving your sexual performance or lack thereof can be very difficult to talk about with your partner, but it is important that you do speak with your partner about your PE; after all, your sex life affects both of you.
Doctors, sex therapists, and several studies all agree that the more open and honest a couple communicates about the condition, the more effective they are at dealing with and working through it. The more involved a partner is in the conversational process, the more men feel supported. The support can end up leading to more sexual and nonsexual intimacy.
Create a space for you and your partner to talk through his experience without interrupting him. Then share your thoughts and feelings without passing judgment. Keep in mind that a man’s sexuality impacts other aspects of his life. Make yourself available to talk about it even if he is embarrassed and avoids the topic.
How to Stop or Prevent Premature Ejaculation During Intercourse
There are a few specific techniques that sex therapists recommend that men experiencing PE try during intercourse that may prolong the interval before orgasm. These include:
- Start and stop: With this technique, you or your partner stimulates your penis close to the point of orgasm, then stops the stimulation for about 30 seconds until you regain control of your response. Repeat this “start and stop” approach three or four times before allowing yourself to orgasm. Continue practicing this method until you have gained good control.
- Squeeze therapy: With this technique, you or your partner stimulates your penis close to the point of orgasm, then gently squeezes the head of your penis for about 30 seconds so that you begin to lose your erection. Repeat this technique a few times before allowing yourself to orgasm. Continue practicing this technique until you have gained control in delaying your orgasm.
- Distracted thinking: With this technique, the idea is to focus your attention on ordinary nonsexual things while you’re being sexually stimulated. Naming sequences are a good way to focus your attention. For example, visualize naming all the businesses you pass on your drive to the gym, naming all the players on your favorite sports team, or naming all the products on the aisles of your favorite store.
Other ways that you may be able to stop or prevent PE during intercourse include:
Premature ejaculation wipes
Premature ejaculation wipes work by reducing sensation in the tip of the penis. These wipes contain benzocaine, which blocks the sodium channels that cause sensation in the penis. A 2017 study found that participants who used these wipes for at least 2 months experienced less distress related to intercourse. The majority of participants also ejaculated well after the 2-minute time period that’s typical of premature ejaculation.
Over-the-counter topical anesthetic creams contain a numbing agent that can treat premature ejaculation by reducing sensation and delaying climax. Apply the cream to your penis 10 to 15 minutes before sex in order for it to be most effective.
Like topical creams, lidocaine spray can help treat premature ejaculation by desensitizing the penis and decreasing hypersensitivity. Use the spray 10 to 15 minutes before sex in order for it to work best. Known potential side effects include lowered libido and temporary sensitivity loss.
Climax control condoms
In general, condoms can decrease sensitivity and keep you from ejaculating early. But there are also climax control condoms available over-the-counter that are either made of a thicker latex material or contain a numbing agent that’s meant to delay climax.
Frequently Asked Questions About Premature Ejaculation
Can Diet Influence Premature Ejaculation?
Incorporating foods into your diet that are rich in zinc and magnesium may help increase the time it takes you to climax. Those foods include:
- pumpkin seeds
- wheat germ cereal
- kidney beans
- sesame seeds
- beef and lamb
- dark chocolate
Are There Any Herbs or Supplements That Can Help to Stop PE?
Some nutritional supplements have been found to help men with PE. Zinc not only supports healthy immunity and cell growth, but this essential mineral also helps produce testosterone as well as boost your libido and energy. Magnesium supplementation also has a similar effect on testosterone and sexual performance in men.
Is There a Permanent Cure for Premature Ejaculation?
Most causes of premature ejaculation are usually treated first with behavior therapy and/or counseling to help with emotional concerns, performance anxiety, or stressors that may be contributing. Often more than one treatment approach may be tried at the same time. In many cases, the “life hacks” or techniques mentioned on these pages are enough to help you overcome PE and help you to better control your orgasms.
If your PE is related to hormone loss or imbalance, hormone replacement therapy has been shown to reverse problems with PE.
Can Low Levels of HGH Cause PE?
There are many things that can influence a man’s ability to perform sexually and get and maintain an erection. One that is often overlooked is the relationship between erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation (PE), and hormone imbalances. Specifically, human growth hormone (HGH) is one of the hormones that are integral to sexual performance and sex drive or libido in men.
How Does HGH Affect Your Sex Life?
Testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH) are both related to sexual function in men. Both of these critical hormones decline as men age, and it is not uncommon as men age for them to experience sexual issues, including erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Age-related growth hormone deficiency (GHD), in particular, is known to contribute to premature ejaculation.
Men with age-related hormone imbalances are also inclined to suffer from other conditions that can cause or also influence PE. For example, men with low HGH levels also tend to be obese, have hardening of the arteries, and diabetes – all of which are known to contribute to ED and PE. In addition, men with age-related GHD also tend to feel weak, fatigued, stressed, have poor or disrupted sleep, and can be depressed. Any, or all, of these conditions can lead to ED, PE, and a loss of libido.