Treating Premature Ejaculation

Can you sustain your lovemaking until both you and your partner are both mutually satisfied? Then count yourself lucky and fortunate among men! It may surprise you to know that about 1 in 3 men suffer from premature ejaculation (PE). Indeed, if you're sitting with three male friends, one of them likely has this problem. The actual number of men who have suffered from premature ejaculation at some point in their life is likely much higher, around 70%.

If you are one of the very millions of men who has trouble with premature ejaculation, you can be glad that there are treatments and remedies. The first step is seeing your doctor where you can discuss your problem and discover possible remedies together. Some of the more frequently-used treatments are below:

Topical Anesthetic Creams

Prescription anesthetic creams containing lidocaine or other topical anesthetics may be a possible treatment solution. A man rubs the cream on his penis a few minutes before engaging in sexual activity. Once the penis feel less sensitive, the cream should be wiped off completely before engaging in full intercourse.

There are a few problems with this treatment, including the fact that it is not an FDA approved method of treating premature ejaculation. Second, by desensitizing sensation in the penis, you are removing part of the whole enjoyment of the sexual experience. And third, the creams may cause the woman to lose sensation in her vagina, reducing her pleasure as well.

Prescription Medication

Your doctor may suggest a prescription anti-depressant such as Prozac, Zoloft, or any other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). While mainly used as an anti-depressant, these are also known to significantly delay an orgasm in a male and can be successful at prolonging the lovemaking process. As with any prescription medication, other unwanted side effects can occur as well. Talk to your doctor honestly about all the possible side effects.


In most cases of premature ejaculation, the root cause is anxiety related. Counseling sessions with a qualified therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist may prove worthwhile. The purpose of therapy is to work on and remove any performance-related pressure or anxiety that the man feels. Therapy can also work to improve self-esteem, self-confidence, and other possible relationship issues that may be getting in the way and causing premature ejaculation.

Sexual Therapy

A couple can engage in sex therapy, either with a qualified sex therapist, or on their own through researching different techniques. The sex therapist may suggest a number of different techniques that can help delay the male orgasm and prolong the sexual experience. Some techniques include:

  • Stop-Start – This is when the man or woman stops stimulating the penis as soon as eminent orgasm is felt.
  • Condom – A therapist may suggest using a thick condom, or applying two condoms on the penis to help lessen the sensation during intercourse.
  • Sex positions – A variety of different sex positions that create less tension in the male may be a possible solution.
  • Sex techniques – A therapist may also suggest a number of intercourse techniques that slows the rhythm of sex, and helps prolong enjoyment for both partners.

There are ways to help solve the issues stemming from premature ejaculation, and the key is to address the problem today so you can have better sex tomorrow.

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