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. As a general rule of thumb, premature ejaculation is typically diagnosed when a man continually ejaculates within one or two minutes.
One potential way to help treat premature ejaculation is with kegel exercises.
A lot has come to light about kegel exercises and the benefits they have when it comes to strengthening your pelvic area, but what's true and what's a myth? We’re going to take a closer look at these exercises to determine whether they truly are the best way to tackle premature ejaculation.
What Are Kegel Exercises?
Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Generally speaking, your pelvic floor muscles are the muscles on your thighs, buttocks and lower abdomen. It has long been known that through strengthening these areas, you can have a positive impact on your sexual function and performance.
What Are The Benefits of Kegel Exercises?
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.
How Do You Do Kegels Correctly?
Common kegel exercises, also known as slow Kegels, involve:
1. Contracting your pelvic floor muscles
2. Holding for five seconds
3. Relaxing your pelvic floor muscles
4. Repeat this up to ten times, pausing in between for five seconds of relaxation.
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.
When To Practise Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises can be practised at near enough any time throughout the day. Good times to practise kegel exercises include:
- When you wake up in the morning
- After going to the toilet
- Before going to bed.
What Should A Kegel Exercise Feel Like?
Kegel exercises feel like a slight tightening around your pelvic area. They are not painful when done correctly nor should exhaust you.
The best way to ensure that you're doing them correctly is by tightening the muscles which prevent you from passing gas. This exact movement is a kegel exercise.
As your pelvic floor muscles get stronger, you should be able to practise this movement with ease, moving on to doing so while standing or walking.
Alternative Ways To Prevent Premature Ejaculation
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. This is why, while practising kegel exercises, it is also worth seeking ways to treat premature ejaculation through other methods.
Other ways to treat premature ejaculation 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 treatment for 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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