Premature ejaculation affects around one in every five males, predominantly among younger men and teenagers. However, many people don’t realise it is not a thing to be ashamed of. Due to the taboo surrounding this topic, many men feel apprehensive towards seeking premature ejaculation treatment. And if you, too, experience the same, or know of anyone who does, be sure to keep reading to help yourself better.
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What Is Premature Ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation refers to the sexual dysfunction that causes men to orgasm sooner than wanted. While there is no standard time for how long intercourse must last, premature ejaculation can result in the climax before intercourse or within a minute of beginning. It can hamper sex life drastically and affect a man’s confidence, and reduce sexual satisfaction for both the man and the partner.
Further, premature ejaculation can result in secondary symptoms such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, distress around sex and long-standing embarrassment. Hence, it becomes vital to open the floor for more conversations around premature ejaculation and available treatment options to improve men’s health.
What Causes Premature Ejaculation?
While the exact cause of PE isn’t known, many doctors believe that brain chemistry plays a huge role in orgasms. It has been observed that men experience depression, emotional stress, anxiety and lower levels of serotonin orgasm faster, resulting in premature ejaculation.
Further, it is seen that irregular levels of neurotransmitters, inflammations or infections in the prostate or urethra, erection dysfunction and even family history can lead to premature ejaculation.
What Are Available Treatment Options For Premature Ejaculation?
Behavioural therapy, counselling and medication are the most common lines of treatment for premature ejaculations. Since the primary cause for premature ejaculation is mostly psychological, correcting and dealing with that effectively can help treat the same.
Some of the most common techniques to delay premature ejaculation is masturbating an hour or two before intercourse. In some cases, your doctor would recommend abstinence over a longer duration.
Further, instead of intercourse, you might also ask yourself to focus on foreplay or explore other forms of sexual play. Not only will it improve your sex life, but it will also relieve some pressure during the act, preventing premature ejaculation.
As mentioned, most times, premature ejaculation is a symptom of poor mental health. Hence, getting in touch with a mental health provider to discuss therapy and treatment can help tremendously.
Moreover, talking about relationships, sexual experiences, and emotions can help. Doing this will help you develop an emotional connection with your partner and reduce your anxiety and distress around intercourse.
Further, it can help if you’re in a new relationship and not entirely at ease with your partner. Sex therapy and couples counselling are highly effective in dealing with sexual intimacy and putting yourself and your partner at ease.
In some cases, doctors could advise condoms as a premature ejaculation treatment. This is because condoms can act as a protective barrier and make your penis less sensitive. Doing this will allow you to last longer and have a delayed orgasm for extended intercourse and greater pleasure.
You can get special “climax control” condoms in your local pharmacy. Since these condoms are made using thicker latex and coated with topical numbing agents, they can reduce sensitivity and delay ejaculation. However, before you start, test for allergies against benzocaine or lidocaine.
Along with therapy, doctors may suggest medication such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat depression, anxiety or other issues, thus, helping with premature ejaculation. Moreover, delayed organisms are some of the most common side effects of such medication that will allow you to prevent premature ejaculation.
Premature ejaculation is a real problem that affects quite a few men at different stages in their life. If you, too, are experiencing the same, be sure to reach out to your local medical centre and seek treatment.