Some of the common premature ejaculation treatments available are tablets, topical anaesthetics, and counselling. This is ONLY decided with the help of a professional because the cause behind the disorder needs to be established before treatment is determined. Here are some of the common treatments prescribed to men with PE.
Doctors may recommend the use of anaesthetic sprays and creams such as lidocaine, prilocaine, or benzocaine. These are numbing agents that are to be applied to the penis, for around 30 minutes or more, before sex. It reduces the sensation over the penis and aids in delaying ejaculation.
While most drugs don’t have approval for consumption by the FDA for treating PE, some specific ones have the license of use for the condition. These include antidepressants, phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5), and analgesics. The medications have a particular prescription dosage and should be taken following the advice of a medical professional.
This is a technique which is also called ‘edging’ and is useful in learning to delay the ejaculation time In the beginning, the
man attempts to do this via a series of masturbation exercises. Once you understand where the ‘point of no return is’ (the point beyond which ejaculation seems inevitable), transfer this knowledge and understanding during sexual intercourse with your partner The following are the steps for this technique/
- Aim to do this exercise at least three times a week
- Try to do the exercise when you have some energy left and not as the last activity of the day when you're tired or after consuming a heavy meal, alcohol, etc
- Ensure that there is enough privacy and that you will not be disturbed
- Make sure you have minimal interruptions (ie shut off phones, alarms, etc)
- You need to start to stimulate (through masturbation) the penis until you get to a 5 on the scale, at this point, you stop stimulating. This may lead to the erection dropping down, when it gets to a 1 or 2, start stimulating again and this time get it to a 6 on the imaginary scale and allow it to drop down again. Start the stimulation and repeat it once or twice more before allowing yourself to cross the point of no return (8) and ejaculate.
- Doing this exercise by yourself over a couple of weeks should give you an idea about your threshold for ejaculation.
- This knowledge can then be transferred to sexual intercourse with your partner or during mutual masturbation with them. You can guide your partner into how the stimulation should be and at what point should they slow down so that you can delay the ejaculation time.
- Stimulate (through masturbation or sexual intercourse) the penis until the urge to orgasm occurs
- Squeeze (or ask your partner to) the penis head until the erection diminishes
- Start the stimulation again
Repeat this process about 3-4 times before orgasming or ejaculating.
Not all cases have a medical cause - in other words, it isn’t always a “hardware” issue. Many patients experiencing PE, especially young males, have psychological causes behind their PE symptoms. These include mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress, sexual pain disorders, etc.
The goal of psychological therapy to help rectify PE symptoms is to first determine the psychological cause behind the PE. The second step would be treating the mental health condition appropriately.
Various medical treatments help with premature ejaculation; however, there is no permanent cure for the condition in some. Individuals can learn to control their ejaculation for sexual satisfaction through medical remedies, supplements, and exercise. Surgical options such as dividing the nerves to reduce penile sensations are still considered experimental.