What exactly is premature ejaculation?
To put it simply, premature ejaculation – commonly known as PE - occurs when a man ejaculates too early during sex. Whilst there is no definitive time that defines such a term, an American research study in 2006 found that men suffering from premature ejaculation usually last under two minutes, compared to over five for those with normally sexual function.
It is believed that as many as one in three men suffer from this affliction, and though the average age of a sufferer is over 40, it can affect younger men as well as older generations. Indeed around 20% of men between 20 and 35 surveyed by the same research study were found to have suffered from PE.
Naturally this can affect both the sufferer and their sexual partners, can have far-reaching effects, from physical manifestations such as erectile dysfunction to psychological afflictions such as stress and anxiety.
What causes premature ejaculation?
As with many medical problems, the roots and causes of premature ejaculation are much debated, and can vary from person to person. Psychological and physiological effects causes such as sexual inexperience and over-masturbation are thought to have an impact for some, whilst research has suggested there might be a link between hormonal imbalances and early ejaculation.
How can you overcome premature ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation can be a psychologically damaging affliction to suffer from, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. There are a number of treatments available on the market today which are said to have a positive impact on sexual performances for men, though the effectiveness of some of these treatments is debated somewhat.
An expensive but sometimes effective treatment of PE is psychosexual therapy – effective for around 40% of men tested. A specially trained sexual therapist can help you get to the root of the problem and improve your sexual performance by around three times.
Several numbing sprays are available in the UK and US which, within 5 to 10 minutes of being used will numb the penis where applied, which reduces sexual sensation for men and therefore enables them to last longer. Unfortunately such a treatment has limited effect – studies have found users enjoy around a fourfold improvement in sexual stamina – and has a number of side effects, including numbing sexual sensations for both the man and partner, possible skin irritation and loss of erections for some.
New to the market in 2013, the Prolong Climax Control Programme was developed by Dr Andy Zamar and is the only medically improved treatment for PE in the UK. The device, which combined with a 6 week start-stop program, can improve time to ejaculation by as much as eleven times, requires no prescription and can work from week use of its use.
For some men, natural techniques to prolong time to orgasm such as increasing foreplay can be the most natural solution. Others try masturbating an hour before sex. Though such techniques might be less effective than some medical treatments, those with partners may wish to use such methods to both prolong sex and increase enjoyment in the short and long term.