Premature ejaculation is one of the most common male sexual disorders. In fact, up to 1 in 3 Australian men experience premature ejaculation, no matter their age.
Most cases of premature ejaculation (also known as PE) can be managed through a variety of methods ranging from exercises to prescription medications, so there’s no need to panic if you’re experiencing PE. These methods can help with increasing time before ejaculation during intercourse. It’s not always necessary to take medication for premature ejaculation, but if you’ve tried the below techniques and aren’t seeing improvement in delaying ejaculation, an online doctor from Rosemary can help prescribe proven PE treatments discreetly.
The “Stop-Start” Strategy for Delaying Ejaculation
One way of delaying ejaculation is with the “stop-start” method, which is exactly what it sounds like. During sex or masturbation, you start, stop and start again after giving yourself some time to relax and prevent ejaculation.
While it’s seemingly quite simple, the stop-start approach is one of the most effective ways to stop premature ejaculation. In fact, studies show that about half of men find success with this technique.
This strategy is often recommended by doctors as a first option for treating PE because it doesn’t require any medications to try. You can practice the stop-start technique with a partner or by yourself. As soon as you feel like you are reaching orgasm and ejaculating, stop all stimulation and wait until you feel confident you are able to control yourself before continuing.
The “Pause-Squeeze” Technique for Delaying Ejaculation
Another method of stopping premature ejaculation is the “pause-squeeze” technique. Also aptly named, the squeeze method involves you or your partner squeezing the area between the shaft and glans of the penis to prevent ejaculation.
Everybody is different, so you may need to practice a few times before finding the right amount of time to squeeze for best results. Many doctors will suggest squeezing the penis for 30 seconds to delay ejaculation, but you might need to do it for longer or shorter.
The squeeze method is effective in delaying orgasm multiple times, meaning you can last longer during sex. However, it’s possible that this will reduce the intensity of your erection, and you’ll have to stop all sexual activity to try it so it’s not always the best approach to lasting longer in the bedroom.
Pelvic Floor Exercises for PE
There are many different causes for PE, and having a weak pelvic floor can contribute to PE. Pelvic floor exercises, commonly known as Kegel exercises, can help strengthen these muscles and improve your ability to stop ejaculation.
If you’re not sure where your pelvic floor muscles are, you can identify them by stopping urination midstream. To perform Kegel exercises, tighten these pelvic floor muscles for at least three seconds, then relax for three seconds. Repeat at least ten times.
It’s important to breathe while performing Kegels. Don’t hold your breath, and don’t tighten the muscles in your abdomen, glutes or thighs. You want the exercise to be focused on the pelvic floor for the best results.
Masturbating Before Sex
One of the easiest ways to stop premature ejaculation is to masturbate before sex. While there isn’t scientific evidence to prove out this theory, many men find that masturbation before sex makes it harder to finish again so quickly afterwards, making it an effective method to delay orgasm and PE.
While it’s not a proven method, it’s an easy and low risk approach that you can test to see how it affects your ability to delay ejaculation.
Medication for Premature Ejaculation
There are a few different proven prescription medications that are effective in helping men manage premature ejaculation.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed as antidepressants, but studies have shown that they can be effective for PE. These types of medications are available by prescription only in Australia, and they are prescribed at a low dose compared to when prescribed for depression or other mood disorders. SSRIs at a low dose are the only premature ejaculation pills approved by the TGA in Australia.
Topical creams and anesthetics that contain a numbing agent are also available for treating PE. These medications are designed to reduce sensitivity in the penis and, in turn, stop premature ejaculation. However, the nature of these topical medications means that they could cause erection loss.
If behavioural techniques aren’t working, an online doctor from Rosemary can help prescribe proven treatments that treat premature ejaculation. Online assessments are confidential, discreet and convenient. Start your online visit today.
- Australian Family Physician (October 2015) - Premature ejaculation: A clinical review for the general physician
- Therapeutic Advances in Urology (October 2011) - Medical therapy for premature ejaculation
- Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management (August 2007) - A randomized study examining the effect of 3 SSRI on premature ejaculation using a validated questionnaire