Premature Ejaculation: A Quick Guide

Although premature ejaculation does not represent any actual dangerous health risk for the men who suffer from it, it can be very embarrassing, resulting in dissatisfaction within relationships and is often a cause of poor self-esteem. The good news, however, is there are actually some easy treatments for the problem of premature ejaculation, including many that do not require any medication.

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is the term for a condition that around thirty percent of all men will suffer from at some time in their lives and often result in great distress. The condition causes men to produce semen at too early a point during sexual intercourse. This is generally felt to be between thirty seconds up to four minutes from the commencement of sexual intercourse, although more experts have come to believe that the condition is actually restricted to just the first two minutes. Men can often feel embarrassed by the condition and find it difficult to talk about, even with a medical professional.

Types of premature ejaculation

There are two different kinds of premature ejaculation, ‘acquired’ and ‘life-long.’

Life-long premature ejaculation is often the result of the condition occurring during first sexual contact during the teenage years and can result in psychological repercussions that make it very difficult to treat. Acquired premature ejaculation is generally a condition that occurs later in life and may be triggered by physical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure or psychological problems like stress.

There are very clear distinctions between the two forms of premature ejaculation but for most men, the most important question is how the condition in either form might be treated. There are some medical remedies for the condition but there are also some behavioural strategies and even home remedies that should probably be attempted before seeking medical help. These remedies include:

  • Thick condoms
  • The squeeze technique
  • The start-stop technique
  • Other alternatives

Thick condoms

It can be a good idea for men who have a very sensitive penis to make use of thicker than usual condoms. The thicker wall on the condoms helps to reduce the level of sensitivity, enabling sexual intercourse to last for a longer period of time prior to ejaculation.

The squeeze technique

If men feel they are about ready to commence ejaculation, repeatedly squeezing the penis between the glans and the shaft can prevent ejaculation and may even increase the strength of the erection until climax occurs. However, this technique requires a great deal of patience on the part of both sexual partners as it causes disruption to the sexual act.

The start-stop technique

The start-stop technique can be attempted with a sexual partner or even alone and involves the stimulation of the penis followed by withdrawal just prior to the feeling that ejaculation is about to begin. This should be followed by a thirty-second break and then repeated between four to five times, thus delaying orgasm. Although some people can find this technique inconvenient and frustrating, it may be an idea to use other methods of gaining pleasure at the same time while also preventing premature ejaculation.

Other alternatives

There are a number of other alternatives in regards to coping with premature ejaculation, including the likes of having sex more frequently, masturbating prior to sexual intercourse or engaging in sexual activity with the other partner on top during the act. Premature ejaculation can also sometimes be prevented by the sufferer distracting themselves by thinking about a boring, annoying or at least non-erotic subject.

There is no cause for embarrassment with premature ejaculation, but the problem should also not be ignored for a long period of time or relationship and self-esteem issues could arise. The best option is for sufferers and their partners to talk about the issue and cope with it as a couple.


If the above techniques prove to be inadequate to deal with the problem, then medical intervention may be necessary. There are a number of medications that can help with premature ejaculation including topical anaesthetics, which are generally applied to the penis around ten to fifteen minutes prior to intercourse in the form of sprays or creams, and some oral medications such as analgesics and antidepressants. However, there are often side-effects to medications, so it is important to attempt home remedies for the problem first.