Brand names like Viagra have drastically changed the way we think about sexual dysfunction. Effective medications that cause “four-hour erections,” have been a blessing. But premature ejaculation is still in the shadow of that success.
Occasional episodes of uncontrolled ejaculating either before or shortly after sexual penetration are common. Estimates vary, but as many as 1 out of 3 men say they experience this problem at some time. However, if you are worrying that you are below the accepted average in the bedroom, you are not alone all men have done that at some point in life. The fact is that anything after a minute is considered normal for ejaculation. A study of 500 men showed that 5 minutes was the average time for the men in the group.
Many men believe they need treatment for premature ejaculation. But their symptoms don’t meet the diagnostic criteria for the condition. Instead, these men might have natural variable ejaculation, which includes periods of quick, as well as normal ejaculation. There are two types of classifications: lifelong and acquired. The first one beginning with your first sexual encounters, and occurs all of the time. Acquired develops after you have had previous sexual experiences without ejaculatory problems.
Tech to the Rescue
Interestingly a new solution has been offered by the tech industry. Wearable tech is a fast-growing sector, and one sex tech startup claims that it has the solution to premature ejaculation. In January, Morari Medical presented the prototype of the first wearable designed for the treatment of premature ejaculation. The disposable device uses neuromodulation to disrupt the nerve signals and delay ejaculation.
Nerve stimulation in medical treatment is very common. The device is flexible, and it is placed on the perineum area. A mild form of electricity is delivered, which interrupts the ejaculatory nerves before they go up to the brain. Following trials, the device could be in stores by 2021.
You Can Hit Pause
Luckily, once you gain access to the one-minute man club, you don’t have to be a member for life. Follow some of our expert-approved tips to last as long as you want.
- Use Special Condoms: Condom brands sell varieties laced with benzocaine, a topical numbing agent that reduces sensitivity. If you try these, your partner should pay attention to any reduction in pleasure.
- Kegel Exercises: The exercise helps the mind body connection that enables you to gain control. Kegels work by strengthening to pubococcygeus muscle, which helps control ejaculation. To do Kegels, squeeze the same muscle you would use to stop peeing mid-stream. Clench this muscle for several seconds and release. Perform at least three sets of 10 repetitions per day.
- Masturbate Before Sex: It’s an old trick, and it still works. However, it’s important to remember that the older you get, the longer your post-orgasm refractory period tends to be. That means you’ll need to allow yourself more time between performances than when you were younger. Learn how much time you need to recoup with experimental solo sessions.
- Stop-and-Start Sex: You can hit pause by pulling out entirely or even squeezing the base of your penis to reduce your erection. After a few minutes of recuperation, you can ease back into intercourse. Over time this helps men focus and regain control of their climax.
- Medications: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly prescribed antidepressants can help alleviate PE. In one study, men who took three different types of antidepressants for four weeks all lengthened their performances by about two minutes. Another option is Promescent, a topical agent that’s applied to the penis to desensitize it. It’s absorbed into the skin and will not affect your partner’s sensitivity.
- Have More Sex: Performance anxiety is the most often cause, and the psychosocial issues associated with PE can only be addressed by increasing the partners’ familiarity and comfort with each other.
Complex Interaction of Factors
It was previously believed, that psychological factors were to blame for the condition. In recent years, doctors have learned that premature ejaculation involves a complex interaction of factors. Experiences and medical problems like: early sexual experiences, sexual abuse, inflammation of the prostate, abnormal hormone levels, depression, and guilt increase the tendency to shorten the sexual encounters.
Researchers have also found that specific genes affect the process. A study of nearly 200 Dutchmen found those who climaxed too fast during sex, had a version of a gene that controls the hormone serotonin. Levels of serotonin are what control the rapidity of ejaculation. Men with this version of the gene ejaculated twice as fast as other subjects in the study. Serotonin levels are lower in sections of the brain that controls ejaculation in men that face this issue. Low activity of the hormone means nerve signals do not transfer regularly in these men.
Premature ejaculation cause anxiety and problems in a relationship, but don’t forget it is a treatable condition!