Premature ejaculation, also known as PE, is a condition in which a man is unable to delay or control ejaculation. It’s the most common sexual problem to affect men, and it happens at all ages - not just during puberty. Because it’s such a sensitive topic, many men can feel uncomfortable or embarrassed talking about it in general, let alone to a doctor. This can lead to asking Dr. Google all the burning questions like what causes PE, how to cure PE permanently and, most importantly, can PE be cured?
The good news is that PE is not a condition that tends to be permanent. Depending on what’s causing PE and how frequently it happens, you may be able to find a cure for premature ejaculation.
Types of premature ejaculation
There are a variety of reasons why you may be finishing too quickly, but whether or not it’s permanent depends greatly on the type of PE you’re experiencing.
Lifelong premature ejaculation, or primary premature ejaculation, is caused by a chemical imbalance in the part of the brain that controls ejaculation. As its name suggests, lifelong PE is something that may not necessarily be curable, though there are clinically proven PE treatments and medications that can help.
Acquired premature ejaculation, or secondary premature ejaculation, is often caused by psychological factors like anxiety, depression and stress, or physical factors like diabetes, prostate disease, an under or overactive thyroid or high blood pressure. Erectile dysfunction and sexual trauma may also contribute to acquired PE. Certain lifestyle factors can also lead to acquired PE, such as recreational drug use, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.
So, can PE be cured?
The short answer is yes, PE can be “cured” if it’s being caused by a physical, psychological or lifestyle factor that can be modified. If it’s lifelong PE, there are medications and treatments that can help manage the condition.
If you’re experiencing early ejaculation due to a physical condition like diabetes or prostate disease, it may not be as easy to manage PE. Talk to your doctor about your options, or consult a Rosemary online doctor about PE treatment.
How to cure PE
If there are underlying psychological issues like anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and emotional issues in a relationship that are causing premature ejaculation, the best approach is counselling. By addressing the psychological factors, you may be able to stop PE from impacting your sex life once and for all.
Making lifestyle modifications can also stop PE. For example, quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol and adopting a generally healthy lifestyle can all contribute to the ability to delay ejaculation.
Some natural treatments for PE that you can try at home include the start-stop technique, kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, the pause-squeeze technique and masturbating before sex. While these methods can be effective for some men, they may not be a permanent cure.
PE Treatments and Medications
Addressing the underlying causes of your PE is the first step in curing it. However, if you’re experiencing primary lifelong premature ejaculation, or are unable to treat the underlying causes, there are clinically proven PE treatments and medications you can try.
SSRIs prescribed at a low dose have been shown to be effective for delaying ejaculation. While these medications are typically prescribed to treat depression, they are available at a lower dose to help with premature ejaculation. One example of a SSRI used to treat PE is Priligy, available only by prescription in Australia.
There are also numbing creams and topical lotions that are designed to reduce sensitivity in the penis and, in turn, delay ejaculation. However, these topical options could cause erection loss.
If you’ve tried addressing the underlying issues and would like to talk to an online doctor about premature ejaculation treatment options, Rosemary connects you with real Australian doctors anytime, anywhere. Our online, text-based consultations are discreet, confidential and simple. Start your online consult for PE treatment today.