Home Remedies for Premature Ejaculation
Premature ejaculation is a form of erectile dysfunction and is an issue that affects the sexual intercourse of men of all ages and in all situations. It can be embarrassing, but it isn’t necessarily an indication of a serious health problem. It’s a good idea to discuss your concerns with your doctor to rule out any serious medical issues but, in general, problems with premature ejaculation can be resolved in the comfort of your own home with natural remedies.
How Do You Know You’re Suffering from Premature Ejaculation?
There tends to be some confusion about premature ejaculation and since men tend to not discuss their concerns with their friends, it can be a challenge for a man to find accurate information and determine if he really has a problem.
The primary symptom of premature ejaculation is when it occurs before you and/or your partner want it to—sounds vague, right? It could range from five minutes to over an hour, depending on who you ask and when.
Doctors tend to define premature ejaculation as:
- Inability to delay ejaculation during vaginal penetration
- Inability to delay ejaculation longer than a minute once vaginal penetration has occurred
- Feeling frustrated or distressed
- Avoiding sexual interaction because of these negative feelings
You might also have a problem if your issues are causing problems in your relationship or if you find you are ejaculating all the time with just minimal stimulation.
There is no specific cause for premature ejaculation. Even when the problem is related to medical or health issues, there is no guarantee every man will be dealing with the same problem.
The medical community no longer adheres to the belief that the problem is “all in the man’s head” or that it’s purely psychological. The truth is premature ejaculation can be complicated and can be exacerbated by a variety of things. Biological issues related to thyroid health, prostate health, hormones, and brain function might all play a role in premature ejaculation.
Some doctors believe it’s linked to early sexual experiences, particularly those that are related to masturbation and the need to rush to climax so there’s no embarrassment from getting caught. Others see links to anxiety and shame—both things that need to be worked through in counseling. Lastly, premature ejaculation could be linked to more general relationship issues. If you’ve been involved in a relationship before that was sexually satisfying for both of you, but now you’re dealing with issues, chances are there are some things that need to be worked out with your current partner in order to overcome premature ejaculation.
One of the most common recommendations for dealing with premature ejaculation is to take antidepressants. It’s easy to understand why this might leave men wanting a natural solution. After all, antidepressants feature a number of side effects and are most often used to treat completely unrelated issues—like depression and anxiety. Not to mention, these medications aren’t even actually approved for treating premature ejaculation. Doctors prescribe them because they know they might work, but there are no official guidelines from the FDA concerning these drugs and sexual problems.
So, What Are Your Options if You Would Prefer a Natural Approach?
The good news is there are premature ejaculation treatments that can be done are home that doesn’t require any medication but has been shown to be extremely effective for dealing with sexual dysfunction. These include everything from kegel exercises and herbal remedies to improved blood circulation and other natural remedies. Here is our pick of the best home remedies to control premature ejaculation and improve your sexual performance.
The first method you can try for slowing ejaculation is called the “Squeeze Technique” or “Squeeze Therapy.”
This is done at home, alone or with a partner. When ejaculation feels as if it is going to happen soon, you or your partner should squeeze the penis where the head and shaft meet for several seconds, until the urge to ejaculate passes. Wait another 30 seconds before re-stimulating the penis, the squeeze process can be repeated.
The goal is for you to recognize the control you have over ejaculating and practice this delay until it becomes a habit.
Sex therapy or counseling helps especially well when there are issues within a specific relationship, but it can also be helpful overall.
There are usually several suggestions made in therapy that can help a man get premature ejaculation under control. For instance, he might be instructed to masturbate within a few hours before he plans to have intercourse so there’s less of an urgent need to ejaculate.
Some therapists also suggest longer periods of foreplay (or incorporating foreplay if a couple is not yet engaging in it) so the man is able to experience the slow building involved in delaying ejaculation. It can also be helpful to engage in sexual activity that does not ever lead to intercourse because it makes sex more fun and relieves some of the pressure the man has to perform.
The overall goal of sex therapy is to relieve the tension and anxiety associated with premature ejaculation, which tends to make a mild situation one that is serious and full-blown. Some men find that therapy, used in conjunction with other remedies, is most effective.
Other Home Remedies for Premature Ejaculation
There is some evidence that acupuncture helps to alleviate premature ejaculation. Some believe this is because it clears blockages and helps with overall health. It’s also able to reduce stress, which is often enough to resolve many different sexual concerns.
Another home remedy involves natural herbs. Passionflower has been shown to calm the mind and allow for better control during sexual encounters. Ginseng has also shown some promise and works by affecting the hormone levels in the body. Herbs that improve blood flow, such as ginkgo biloba, have also been effective.
It’s important to speak to your doctor before using any herbal remedy, especially if you are taking any other medications.
Finally, it might be a good idea to take a look at your diet and exercise regime if you have concerns about ways to prevent premature ejaculation. Men who eat a diet high in all of the vitamins and minerals essential for good health tend to experience fewer sexual problems, as well as improved blood pressure and blood flow. You can focus especially on vitamins A, B, D, and E, as well as zinc, selenium, calcium, and iron.