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9/4/2023 | 2 min read

Premature Ejaculation: Effective Strategies to Prolong Pleasure

A man on the edge of one side of the bed with his head in his hands appearing frustrated. The woman is in the background of the image sitting under the covers.

Intimacy is an essential part of a healthy relationship, and it’s natural to want it to be a satisfying and enjoyable experience for both partners. However, sometimes performance issues can arise, causing frustration and concern in the bedroom. 

Premature ejaculation (PE) is characterized by the over-occurrence of ejaculation, which is the release of semen from the penis during orgasm, happening more swiftly than desired by you or your partner. 

Premature ejaculation is also referred to as:

  • Rapid ejaculation

  • Premature climax

  • Early ejaculation

If you are experiencing PE, you are not alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, between 30% and 40% of men experience premature ejaculation at some point in their lives. Even more, premature ejaculation is also the most common type of sexual dysfunction in men.

It’s important to note that premature ejaculation differs from erectile dysfunction (ED), which involves the inability to attain and sustain an erection suitable for a satisfying sexual encounter. 

Embracing a fulfilling and satisfying intimate life is a natural desire for many individuals. Despite any challenges that may arise, there are still plenty of ways to stay in the game and enjoy it. This blog uncovers the factors contributing to PE and offers strategies to ensure that your intimate moments remain enjoyable and satisfying. 

Common causes of premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is defined as regularly ejaculating within 1 minute of entering your partner. While the exact cause can vary from person to person, several common factors contribute to this condition: 

  1. Psychological factors: Stress, anxiety and performance pressure can play a significant role in premature ejaculation. Overthinking and worrying about one’s sexual performance can lead to a heightened state of arousal, making it difficult to control ejaculation. 

  2. Biological factors: Certain biological factors, such as abnormal hormone levels or an imbalance in brain chemicals, can influence ejaculatory control. Genetics might also play a role in determining one’s susceptibility to premature ejaculation.

  3. Relationship dynamics: A strained relationship, lack of emotional connection or poor communication can contribute to premature ejaculation. Feeling disconnected from your partner can lead to heightened anxiety during intimate moments. 

  4. Medical conditions: Underlying medical conditions, such as prostate problems, thyroid issues or nervous system disorders, can impact ejaculatory control. Consulting a medical professional is crucial if you suspect an underlying health issue. 

Tips and techniques for managing premature ejaculation

While dealing with premature ejaculation can be challenging, there are several techniques and strategies that can help manage the condition and improve the quality of your intimate experiences: 

  1. Practice mindfulness and relaxation: Mindfulness techniques like deep breathing and meditation can help alleviate anxiety and stress. Engaging in relaxation exercises before intimate moments can promote a calmer state of mind, making it easier to control ejaculation. 

  2. Communication with your partner: Open and honest communication with your partner is key. Sharing your concerns and working together to find solutions can help alleviate any emotional distress associated with premature ejaculation. 

  3. Pelvic floor exercises: Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles through exercises like Kegels can enhance your ejaculatory control. These muscles play a crucial role in regulating ejaculation and regular exercises can lead to noticeable improvements. 

  4. Start-stop technique: During sexual activity, practice the start-stop technique. As you feel yourself getting close to ejaculation, pause and withdraw. Take a few moments to regain control before resuming. Over time, this technique can help you build better control over your response. 

  5. Use of desensitizing products: There are various desensitizing sprays and condoms available that can help reduce sensitivity, potentially prolonging the time it takes to ejaculate. However, consult a healthcare professional before using any of these products. 

  6. Masturbate before intimacy: Masturbating a couple of hours before engaging in sexual activity can sometimes help delay ejaculation during the main event. 

How can Agile help with common conditions?

At Agile, we believe everyone should have access to excellent healthcare, regardless of where you are or when you need it. We offer convenient, virtual care across the U.S. for your most common medical conditions. Our network of providers are ready to address your unique concerns to deliver effective, personalized treatment in a timely manner. 

To tap into fast, cost-effective care now, schedule a consultation with one of our licensed clinicians!