Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual dysfunction reported in men, with up to 3 out of 10 men experiencing it at some time during their lives. While it can occur randomly in some men, and shouldn’t be a cause for worry, in others it is a chronic condition that causes great frustration. Penis specific vitamins, exercise, relaxation and cutting out alcohol may improve premature ejaculation, but if it continues seek medical advice.
For many years doctors believed that the cause of it was psychological in nature, and accordingly referred male patients to talk to psychoanalysts, psychologists and counselors. Much research on premature ejaculation continues to focus on its psycho-emotional component, but there is also a growing body of evidence to suggest that, for many men, there is an important biological component as well. Neurotransmitters, hormones, nerve sensitivity and nervous system reflexes can be significantly different in men experiencing premature ejaculation. It may also be a symptom of an underlying physical condition, including neurological disorders, brain tumors, prostate inflammation, erectile dysfunction and hyperthyroidism. When figuring out treatment plans, it is hugely important to discern what is causing the problem, not only to treat it more effectively, but to rule out a more serious or life-threatening issue beneath it.
Medications for it are highly varied, despite the fact that only the most severe cases of men suffering from chronic premature ejaculation will likely be prescribed them. Medical treatments range from drugs to depress the nervous system and prolong the before ejaculation, sprays and penis injections to numb the nerves of the penis, anti-depressants, anxiolytics, and hormone therapies. One promising new medication, written about in The Journal of Sex Medicine in 2011, is showing some very promising results. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Sexual Health investigated the drug Dapoxetine in men suffering from premature ejaculation from over 25 countries. After 12 weeks of treatment Dapoxetine was successful in reducing the prevalence of premature ejaculation and improving ejaculatory control in men, with minimal side effects or mood alterations.
Natural methods of treating premature ejaculation involve influencing levels of the serotonin in the body. While SSRI drugs, which increase serotonin levels in the body, have been used to treat it in numerous animal trials, there are many nutrients and botanical extracts which also increase serotonin in a similar way to SSRI drugs. Rhodiola rosea, St John’s Wort and Kava have all been postulated to work on serotonin pathways in the brain to achieve their anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. Black tea has been shown in some studies to improve premature ejaculation in animals. Griffonia bean is used around the world as a remedy for insomnia, as its high levels of 5-HTP act as a precursor to serotonin in the body. For this reason it has also been used to treat it naturally. In addition, researchers from Wuhan University in China published an article in the journal Medical Hypotheses in 2011 suggesting that folic acid supplementation, which is involved in serotonin production in the brain, may also benefit ejaculatory control in the same way that SSRI drugs can.
Excessive masturbation or dry rubbing can lead to damaged connective tissues and nerves to the penis. Local damage and trauma such as this can lead eventually to both erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Penis health Crèmes can be used to strengthen and nourish the health of the nerves on the penis, as well as to balance male hormones. Use specialist formulas for male organ health (most professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) to moisturize your skin following daily washing. The ingredient alpha lipoic acid has been shown to regenerate nerve function, while bioactive antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E help to promote nitric oxide (NO) — the body’s own natural Viagra — and promote connective tissue integrity.