Premature Ejaculation: Symptoms, Treatment and Care

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Premature ejaculating is an exceedingly frustrating phenomenon where men ejaculate too soon during sexual intercourse. The normal ejaculation time during vaginal penetration is 3 to 8 minutes. Men who suffer from premature ejaculation can only last for a minute if they are lucky. Some report having an ejaculatory latency of as low as fifteen seconds.

The condition is at its worst when a man gets extra excited due to the anticipation of sex particularly after going for a long period without sex. In such cases, men have been known to ejaculate even before intercourse. This conditioning is humiliating and prevents individuals from fully enjoying sex. This is why men who suffer from premature ejaculation shy away from seeking medical assistance. However, the condition is hardly life threatening and very much treatable.

Premature ejaculation is treatable condition that affects one in every five men. Nonetheless, if you do not wish to be part of the statistics, you can always do your best to avoid getting afflicted. The best way to do this is to make healthy lifestyle choices such as reducing alcohol and caffeine intake and eating right. For those who are already afflicted, getting medical help is the best way to go.

What are the Symptoms of Premature Ejaculation?

When our bodies are ailing, they give us physical signs as a way of telling us to seek medical assistance immediately. The following are manifestations and symptoms of premature ejaculation:

  • Ejaculation within a minute of vaginal penetration
  • Ejaculation before vaginal penetration simply due to over excitement and anxiety
  • Having minimal or no control in the process of ejaculation
  • Negative emotions as a result of premature ejaculation such as loss of interest in sex, relationship difficulties, self-doubt and depression indicate the condition is more than just a passing problem

How to Treat Premature Ejaculation?

  • Sexual Therapy The Squeeze Technique:

    The squeeze technique involves training your sexual responses. This sounds easy but it requires a lot of discipline. Men can learn the squeeze technique from a sex therapist. The technique involves squeezing the glans penis with a firm grip during sexual intercourse or masturbation just before you ejaculate. This is said to subside the urge to ejaculate. The squeeze technique can successfully train your body to hold off ejaculation until both you and your lover are ready for it. The squeeze technique can be performed at an individual level or between couples.

  • Medication:

    A visit to the doctor is always reassuring and enables a proper diagnosis to be done. The most common and effective treatment plan for premature ejaculation is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Serotonin is a chemical produced in the brain, a neurotransmitter that signals the brain to initiate the process of ejaculation. Ejaculation can be delayed by increasing serotonin signaling in the brain using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

  • Antidepressants:

    Antidepressants are often prescribed to treat premature ejaculation. This is because it was discovered that antidepressants delay ejaculation as a side effect. Do not get these drugs without consulting your doctor who will give you the proper dosage.

  • Topical Anesthetic Creams:

    Topical anesthetic creams can be used to cure premature ejaculation as they desensitize the penis. Premature ejaculation can be caused by hypersensitivity of the penis. Applying anesthetic creams increases the threshold of stimulation thereby delaying ejaculation. The beauty of these creams is that they are quickly absorbed hence they do not lead to negative side effects to either of the parties involved.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

    Cognitive behavioral therapy is a sophisticated and complex form of treatment. The good news is that it works. This therapy involves reconditioning the mind. This especially applies to men who suffer from premature ejaculation after a lifetime of masturbating quickly in order to avoid getting caught. Cognitive behavioral therapy aims at reversing this behavior and requires a lot of time, patience and support but it is well worth it.

  • Analgesic Creams and Sprays:

    Analgesic creams and sprays are a common over the counter remedy for premature ejaculation. They work almost in the same way as topical anesthetic creams by increasing penile stimulation threshold thereby delaying ejaculation. These creams and sprays need to be used shortly before sexual intercourse. It is advisable to consult your doctor before using this form of treatment.

  • Slowing Things Down:

    Rushing things during sex can lead to premature ejaculation. This is common with men who have a history of erectile dysfunction and do not want to lose their erection or men who are experiencing performance anxiety. In this case, taking a deep breath and slowing things down will do the trick. Stopping when you are just about to ejaculate to let the feeling subside will also make you last longer. But this requires practice and discipline to master.

  • Sex Positions:

    Switching up sex positions can be an effective remedy for premature ejaculation. The most highly recommended sexual positions for this purpose are positions where the woman is on top straddling the man. These positions are great as they give a woman more control. This is advantageous as women tend to have a slower pace during sex which has also been proven effective in dealing with premature ejaculation.

Expert’s Views

The International Society of Sexual Medicine and the European Association of Urology have been at the forefront in addressing issues related to premature ejaculation. They advise men to have sex (with the woman on top) or masturbate more frequently, use the squeeze technique and explore drug therapy and counseling options if necessary.

Victims Views

The internet is full of inspiring stories of men who have suffered from premature ejaculation. A good example is the story of Marcus, a man who suffered from premature ejaculation at the tender age of twenty three years old. He tried all sorts of pills but kept suffering from side effects. He finally found relief from using a 100% herbal analgesic spray. Reading up on such stories can be reassuring and inspiring.

All in all, premature ejaculation is a common yet treatable condition. Therefore, explore any of the treatment options explored above. If, like Marcus, an option backfires, consult your doctor about an alternative form of treatment.

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Expert Author : Lisiana Carter (Consumer Health Digest)

Lisiana Carter has been a freelance health writer for over ten years having written books, blogs and articles. She is the author of a number of websites and teaches people how to enter the freelance writing field.