A little shy and withdrawn, Thompson 32 years old Accountant made his way into the consultation room as the bell rang for his turn. “I never really knew I had a problem Doctor, he started. I was her first partner, the first time we made love, I was nervous and it was all over quickly. She quite understood although a little disappointed. Unfortunately, this happened consistently over the last few weeks, I could sense her frustration and she was starting to lose patience with me. I really like Janet, my wife and I want our relationship to work”.

It is no more secret that many women complain of not being sexually satisfied due to their man ejaculating so early after penetration. You can imagine what a real let-down it is to realize your fun is over before that of your woman hardly started. There are so many sexual dysfunctional issues associated with men but premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common sexual disorder in men under 40 with a worldwide prevalence of approximately 40%. However, the exact prevalence rates are difficult to determine.

Around the world, the average time to ejaculation during sexual intercourse is five and a half minutes and according to the International Society for Sexual medicine, premature or rapid ejaculation occurs less than one minute after penetration which is quite alarming.

What causes premature ejaculation remains unclear but many studies and theories have suggested the probable cause for this sexual disorder. This include

  • Masturbating quickly during adolescence
  • Performance anxiety and nervousness
  • Genetic predisposition, elevated penile sensitivity
  • Early sexual experience
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stress or emotional strain in any area of your life
  • Poor body image
  • Depression and relationship problems.
  • A number of biological factors that has been identified relating to abnormal hormonal levels, infection and inflammation of the prostate and abnormal levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Treat Premature Ejaculation with the following measures

Take Medications

There are drugs that increase the level of serotonin level signals in the brain and this in turn slows ejaculation. These drugs has been used to treat premature ejaculation successfully. The class of drug termed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) include paroxetine or dapoxetine, as well as clomipramine. There are reports of satisfaction with treatment by medication.

Use Topical creams

You can make use of over the counter topical anesthetic creams that contain a numbing agent that can treat premature ejaculation. This will reduce the sensation and delay orgasm. The cream will be applied 10 to 15 minutes before sex for it to be most effective. However, these anesthetic creams can cause mild pain, burning sensation, decreased libido and temporary loss of sensitivity.

Reduce Sensitivity to the Penis

This can be achieved by thrusting more slowly, purposefully ejaculating before sexual intercourse, and using more than one condom. There is possibility of breakage when you use more than one condom. You can also try to focus your attention away from the sexual stimulation. Also try using the stop-start technique to control your orgasm. Once you feel the urge to ejaculate, withdraw and stop having sexual activity completely. Then, you resume when you feel less aroused. This way, you can help yourself and your partner.

Use of Zinc supplements

Previous studies have found a link between sexual dysfunction in men and zinc deficiency. Zinc helps to support healthy cell growth and immunity and also assist to produce testosterone that will go a long way to boost your libido and energy. So, taking 11 milligrams of zinc per day to improve ejaculation time is considered beneficial. However, taking too much zinc may cause nausea & vomiting, diarrhea, kidney and stomach damage, and a metallic taste in your mouth.

Dietary changes

Magnesium and zinc plays a great role in your sexual health and helps control premature ejaculation. Foods high in this include oysters, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, spinach, and wheat germ cereal. Certain fruit like Tiger nuts, dates and Coconut has been proven to be rich in quantity of Vitamin E and solid source of magnesium, iron, zinc, amino acids, flavonoids, and vitamin B. They are essential to enhance sexual libido and improve your performance in general. They can be blended and taken as a drink for refreshment.

Stay physically active

  • Moderate exercises keep you physically active and strengthen your muscles. Most especially, pelvic floor muscle exercise that can help deal with lifelong premature ejaculation and also increasing the time it takes for you to reach orgasm. You can perform pelvic floor exercises by following the following steps
  • Find the muscles by stopping mid-stream while peeing or by tightening the muscles that stop you from passing gas
  • Lying down, contract your pelvic floor muscles for 3 seconds, relax afterwards for another 3 seconds. This should be done atleast 10 times in a row for atleast 3 times in a day.


Rapid or premature ejaculation is a common sexual complaint that affects approximately 40% of men in the United states. If self-treatment with these measures doesn’t manage your symptoms, you should see your health provider to rule out any underlying cause and appropriate treatment options.