Premature ejaculation can seem like an embarrassing problem to discuss and seek out help for. However, it is a common and treatable condition, and timely intervention can help resolve most cases. Let's find out more about it. 

What is premature ejaculation (PE)?

Ejaculation is the discharge of semen from the body and premature ejaculation is when it happens sooner than a man or his partner would like, during sexual intercourse. 

It is also known as rapid ejaculation, premature climax, or early ejaculation. If the condition persists, it can make sexual intercourse less enjoyable and have a negative impact on your relationship. 

What causes premature ejaculation?

The exact cause of premature ejaculation is not known. Some of the possible causes include the following:

1. Psychological Causes

Psychological factors that may play a role in the development of PE include:

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Relationship problems 

  • Early sexual experiences

  • Sexual abuse

  • Poor body image

2. Biological Causes

Some of the biological causes that may contribute to PE include:

  • Defects in hormonal levels

  • Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin

  • Inflammation or infection of the prostate (the gland that holds urine) or urethra (the tube through which urine is expelled)

How is premature ejaculation managed?

The primary ways to manage PE include psychological, behavioural, and medical therapy. In some cases, a combination of these methods may be used.

  • Psychological Therapy: This method helps in resolving emotional problems that are causing premature ejaculation. Psychological therapy can be used as the only method of treatment or in combination with behavioural or medical therapy.
  • Behavioural Therapy: This method involves taking simple steps to improve tolerance and delaying ejaculation. It includes methods such as masturbating an hour or two before intercourse so that you are able to delay ejaculation during sex.
  • Medical Therapy: Currently, there are no approved drugs to treat PE. However, some medications such as certain numbing creams or sprays for the penis may help in slowing ejaculation in men. 

If you are suffering from an underlying condition that is causing premature ejaculation, you will need to take specific medications to treat the condition. 

What are some home remedies to treat premature ejaculation?

The following home remedies can help in managing premature ejaculation:

  • Eating pounded green onion seeds with water three times daily. Fried white onions in butter are also helpful in managing premature ejaculation.

  • Having ginger paste with honey, just before going to bed.

  • Drinking milk with asparagus powder or boiled milk with fresh asparagus roots.

  • Consuming white butter and mishri (rock sugar or candy sugar) as a part of your daily diet.

  • Eating dried dates with ghee regularly.

  • Following a diet that is rich in zinc and magnesium. Include foods such as spinach, green peas, avocados, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, soybeans, wheat germ cereal, kidney beans, chickpeas, oysters, red meat, and poultry.

  • Using condoms to help in decreasing penis sensitivity, thus delaying ejaculation.

  • Doing pelvic floor exercises may allow you to gain control over ejaculation.

  • Using the squeeze technique to delay ejaculation. Here, once the penis is stimulated, you or your partner can squeeze the end of the penis until the urge to ejaculate passes.

Premature ejaculation is a common condition that can affect men. Experiencing PE once in a while is common, but if the condition persists for a prolonged period, it is advisable to consult a doctor.


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