What is Premature Ejaculation?(Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and Exercises)

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What is Premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is a sexual condition when a person ejaculates without control before or shortly after penetration during sexual intercourse. It happens with minimal sexual stimulation and before the person wishes. It may result in unsatisfactory sex for both partners. There is no set time for how long a man should last during sex. But when a man has an orgasm before he wants to, he loses his erection and can’t continue with intercourse.

Premature ejaculation can be frustrating and embarrassing. You may feel you don’t have enough time to enjoy sex. You may have difficulty satisfying your partner. For some men, embarrassment about premature ejaculation can cause problems with intimacy and damage their relationships. The pressure to perform can get to a person and the added anxiety only adds to the woes of a patient.

 Premature ejaculation can lower self-confidence, make men reluctant to start new relationships, or lead to concerns that a partner may seek a relationship with another man. Within a relationship, men may feel misunderstood, that their partner isn’t aware of the extent of frustration and humiliation they regularly experience. Their partners may suffer in silence for fear of upsetting their man further or may become frustrated at the apparent unwillingness of the man to address the problem.

Premature ejaculation is considered the most common type of male sexual dysfunction. Doctors estimate between 20 percent and 30 percent of men experience premature ejaculation at some point during their lives.

Symptoms of Premature Ejaculation

The main primary symptom of Premature ejaculation is not able to control or delay the ejaculation just after penetration.

Other symptoms can also include the same problem during masturbation when one cannot control the ejaculation or delay it.

Rarely, premature ejaculation results from a serious health problem, such as nervous system damage from surgery or trauma.

Causes of Premature ejaculation

There are both psychological and biological causes for premature ejaculation. 

The psychological causes include:

  • Early sexual experiences establish a pattern in which sex is linked to excitement, anxiety, and a demand to perform quickly for fear of being caught. Men find themselves hypersensitive and unable to slow down and enjoy the pleasure of sex.
  • Anxiety about sexual performance or about other life issues. This anxiety can create overstimulation that leads to premature ejaculation.
  • Worry over erectile dysfunction. Men anxious about achieving or maintaining erection might begin rushing to ejaculate, then have trouble getting their bodies out of that habit.

Biological and other causes for premature ejaculation include:

  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • Low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin
  • An abnormal condition affecting the ejaculatory system
  • Thyroid problems
  • Inflammation or infection of the reproductive organs, specifically the prostate or the urethra
  • Damage to the nervous system, which could have been caused by trauma or surgery
  • The use of drugs
  • Diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease

Medical Treatments available for Premature Ejaculation

  • Topical Anesthetics: Topical anesthetics such as benzocaine, lidocaine, or prilocaine are used to treat premature ejaculation. These products are applied to the penis 10 to 15 minutes before sex to reduce sensation and help delay ejaculation.
  • Antidepressant medicines: Antidepressant medicines are sometimes used to treat premature ejaculation. These include medicines like clomipramine (Anafranil) and paroxetine (Paxil). They are used because one of their side effects is inhibited orgasm, which helps delay ejaculation.
  • Psychological Counselling: Counseling may be offered for an individual or for a couple. It can help with fear, guilt, or relationship problems and can help in treating premature ejaculation.
  • Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors: Some medications used to treat erectile dysfunction, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil, or vardenafil, also might help premature ejaculation.

Natural Treatments available for Premature Ejaculation

  • Eat food rich in Zinc: People deficient in zinc are generally found to be suffering from the problem of premature ejaculation. Zinc is known to boost your immunity and help in cell growth. Also, it increases the production of the male sex hormone called testosterone and improves sexual capacity.
  • Have Ginger and Honey: Ginger can increase blood flow to the penile muscles and enhance your control to ejaculate. Also, this kitchen ingredient is known to heat up the body and retain an erection. On the other hand, honey can increase the potency of ginger. Ginger and  Honey are the best home products to treat premature ejaculation.
  • Sexual positions: Trying different positions will help you get better control and so can influence ejaculation.
  • Masturbation: Masturbating an hour or two before you have sex can greatly delay ejaculation so giving you greater control over it.
  • Condoms: Condoms might decrease penis sensitivity, which can help delay ejaculation. “Climax control” condoms are also available. These condoms contain numbing agents such as benzocaine or lidocaine or are made of thicker latex to delay ejaculation. Examples include Trojan Extended, Durex Performax Intense, and Lifestyles Everlast Intense.

Exercises for treating Premature Ejaculation

Pelvic floor exercises can help you positively impact your timing to reach climax. strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help men get rid of lifelong premature ejaculation by controlling their ejaculatory reflex.

To perform pelvic floor exercises, lie or sit in a comfortable position without putting pressure on the perineum, which is the area between the anus and the genitals.

Tighten the muscles involved in cutting off the flow of urine, holding them as tight as possible for 5 seconds. The muscles should feel as though they are lifting up. There may also be a pressure sensation inside the body, near the muscles.

Release the muscles and rest for 5 seconds. Repeat this process 10 times for one session. Do two or three sessions each day.


Premature ejaculation is common and affects many people at one time or another.

When premature ejaculation becomes an issue, however, some males may find that they can better control it using various home remedies and techniques. Some doctors may suggest other forms of physical, psychological, or medical treatment to help control the issue.

If premature ejaculation continues or gets worse, it is best to see a doctor for a full diagnosis. There may be an underlying health condition causing it.