Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for Premature Ejaculation

Many men who are under 40 years of age suffer from a sexual disorder called premature ejaculation or PE. It’s so common that it affects around 30 to 70% of Americans. It can be very depressing as it impacts relationships negatively, especially those who are trying for a baby. PE lowers self-esteem and generally ruins the mood for any man that experiences it.

Premature ejaculation symptoms

The severity of PE varies in its symptoms. One of the most common symptoms is ejaculating sooner than it was intended to and it usually makes the partner upset. There are also more severe cases when ejaculation happens instantly, even before penetrating. It can happen even during masturbation for some men. Sometimes it’s occasional and sometimes it’s chronic.

Premature ejaculation comes in a primary and a secondary variety. The usual sign of primary PE, men ejaculate in the first 60 seconds of penetration and cannot do anything to delay it. This usually causes self-doubt, frustration and a bad mood. Men start avoiding intimacy in order to prevent embarrassment.

The secondary variety of PE is almost the same as the primary, with the exception of having no previous problems in sexual encounters.

What causes premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation can be caused by many external factors, ranging from health problems, psychological issues and even lifestyle choices.

  1. Diet

If our nutrition is poor, one of the first systems that can get problems is a reproductive one. Poor nutrition is very common these days, because a lot of foods are processed and genetically and chemically modified. All of these modifications cause them to lose their water, fibre, enzyme and protein content, making them an inadequate source of nutrients. An unhealthy diet is one of the main causes of various sexual disorders, like PE.

Refined sugars are notorious for their role in diabetes and obesity. Removing foods that contain table sugar from your daily diet will increase testosterone levels and your sexual functions will improve. 

Since Buddhist monks ate a lot of soybeans in order to lower their libido, if you want to do the opposite, you should avoid soy in any form. Soy mimics estrogen and disrupts the endocrine system. This can cause metabolic and hormonal imbalance which can lead to many problems, including sexual dysfunction.

  1. Psychological issues

Causes of PE related to emotions are not so easy to identify. However, anxiety, guilt, not so great sexual experiences in the past or even too much masturbating are some of the common catalysts. If you find yourself rushing to reach the orgasm or you’re too excited, condoms and desensitizing creams can be of great help, as they reduce the physical sensitivity of your reproductive organ.

  1. Health problems

Many health problems can be the cause of premature ejaculation. Among them are thyroid disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological damage, infection and inflammation. Diabetes is a more common health problem that is known to cause premature ejaculation. Eliminating or reducing sugar is advised in this case.

Certain drugs can also be responsible for premature ejaculation and other sexual disorders. PE is the usual side-effect of diabetes medications, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, antidepressants, statins and corticosteroids.

How do you treat premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation can easily be treated as soon as the cause is discovered. Men usually respond to the treatment rapidly, but if there is a psychological cause, the treatment can take up to a few years. One thing you can do right now is to remove bad food from your diet, replacing it with healthy and fresh alternatives. Food that’s beneficial for sexual health includes vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish and meat. There are many reports of PE disappearing after changing the diet.

Along with a healthy diet, exercise is also necessary in order to boost testosterone levels. Lifting weights with high intensity and low repetition helps in removing PE, as well as building muscles and increasing sex drive.

A sex therapist can help you if the cause of your PE is psychological. They usually recommend medication and counselling. Therapeutic treatment is the longest because the results can take up to a few years to improve since everyone’s personality is different. 

What medication treats premature ejaculation?

There are three medications for PE at TruMedical available for purchase, EMLA Cream, Stud 100 and Priligy.

  • EMLA Cream

The main ingredients of EMLA Cream are lidocaine and prilocaine and they are known as local anaesthetics. They work by reducing the sensation in the reproductive organ and therefore delay ejaculation.

  • Stud 100

Stud 100 also contains lidocaine and it reduces man’s sensitivity to skin contact and touch, therefore allowing him to prolong the intercourse. It should be applied a few minutes before sex.

  • Priligy

The active substance in Priligy is dapoxetine, which is a part of ‘selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors’ medicines. The way it works is it increases serotonin levels in a man’s brain. Serotonin is a chemical that causes the feeling of happiness, and when its levels are high, the ejaculation is delayed.

Can premature ejaculation be cured by Viagra?

Viagra is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, which is not the same as premature ejaculation. Since a symptom of PE is ejaculating too quickly, Viagra can’t help treat it. The main use of Viagra or Cialis is for men who are struggling to get an erection in the first place.