Premature ejaculation is the term used to describe a situation in which a man reaches climax too quickly during sexual intercourse. It’s the most common ejaculation problem in the UK and estimates of how many men are impacted by premature ejaculation vary widely, ranging from just 5% to 31%. This is largely due to the fact that it can be difficult to define how soon is too soon when it comes to reaching orgasm.
But one potential way to help treat the condition is with kegel exercises. We’re going to take a closer look at these exercises and determine whether they truly are the best way to tackle premature ejaculation.
What are kegel exercises and how can they help?
Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which can impact your sexual function and performance. Generally speaking, your pelvic floor muscles are the muscles on your thighs, buttocks and lower abdomen.
Common kegel exercises involve simply contracting these muscles, holding for five seconds and then relaxing them. Repeat this up to ten times, pausing in between for five seconds of relaxation. These are known as slow kegels.
Over time, you can start to increase the length of time you contract your muscles for. You can also move on to fast kegels, which involve the exact same movements but carried out at a faster speed. Good times to practice kegel exercises include when you wake up in the morning, after going to the toilet and before going to bed.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation such as kegel exercises have been shown to be an effective means of delaying premature ejaculation, as they help to strengthen the pubococcygeus muscle. One study found that, after 12 weeks of pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation, 82.5% of participants had gained greater control of their ejaculatory reflex.
Other ways to treat the condition
Although kegel exercises have proven to be an effective means of treatment for some premature ejaculation sufferers, their effectiveness has not been officially established and they are not guaranteed to prevent premature ejaculation in everybody.
Other treatment options include the “stop-start technique”, in which the male sex partner pauses sexual interaction or masturbation if they feel they are close to orgasm, and waits until the feeling passes before continuing. If the sufferer is in a relationship, talking openly with your partner about your concerns and working around the issue together is highly recommended. Behavioural therapy is thought to help 60-90% of men with the condition, but it requires cooperation from both partners.
What is the most effective way to tackle premature ejaculation?
Finding the right treatment for premature ejaculation depends largely on the individual case, and particularly what has caused the problem. If the issue is psychological, it may be that therapy is the best course of action. For many people, effective medication is the most dependable means of treatment.
Studies have revealed the effectiveness of medication options like Priligy. In one study, sexual satisfaction of participants increased from 50% at the beginning of the study to 80% at the end of the study, compared to 55% from participants using a placebo drug.
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