Run more for stamina in bed: jogging just 30 minutes a day treats premature ejaculation, study finds
Many men looking to last longer in bed try elixirs, supplements, and pseudoscientific techniques like masturbation before sex.
But one study suggests that a short burst of regular exercise is highly effective in treating premature ejaculation.
The researchers found that running just 30 minutes five days a week could increase time to climax by up to eight minutes.
Exercise can treat premature ejaculation by strengthening the muscles around the genitals that aid in erections and ejaculations, scientists say.
Previous research has suggested that yoga may also prolong men’s stamina in the bedroom.
Simple exercise like running can help cure premature ejaculation, studies suggest (file photo)
Dr Lee Smith, a public health expert at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, who led the latest study, said: “There are clear indications that physical exercise, including running and working the pelvic floor muscles, shows promise in several studies.”
“Since medications often have side effects, it seems that the best medicine for preventing premature ejaculation may lie in exercise after all, and this possibility requires larger studies and further research.”
The paper was a meta-analysis of 54 studies involving a total of 3,500 men.
Premature ejaculation is when someone ejaculates much earlier than desired, usually within two minutes of their partner penetrating them.
On average, men usually last about seven minutes in bed.
Treatments include the drug dapoxetine, which is not yet approved in the US. It works by inhibiting the release of feel-good hormones that trigger ejaculation.
Other medications used off-label include local anesthetics and those commonly prescribed to treat depression.
In the study, the researchers searched the medical literature for studies examining cures for premature ejaculation.
They identified 54 studies, of which the majority (19) were completed in Europe.
The document then included a narrative summary of the main documents, highlighting that exercise can be as effective as medication against premature ejaculation.
in a paper 2017105 men around 28 years old and with premature ejaculation were recruited.
Of these, one third received dapoxetine, while one third did moderate physical activity (running for 30 minutes five times a week) and one third did little exercise.
After one month, there was improvement in both the drug-using and exercise-groups. There were no significant differences between them, suggesting that the exercise was just as effective.
They also highlighted a separate study from 2014 in 78 men who were around the age of 41 and had premature ejaculation.
All were asked to do pelvic floor exercises three times a day for a month to treat the condition.
The results showed that more than half (55 percent) were cured of their premature ejaculation during this period.
His time to ejaculate after partnering also increased from two to ten minutes.
The study concludes: ‘Premature ejaculation has been managed with several non-pharmacological approaches (eg, behavioral and surgical approaches) that have been shown to be effective in relatively small randomized clinical trials.
“Large randomized controlled trials are urgently needed to guide clinicians in selecting the best option for different groups of patients.”
The study was published in the journal Trends in Urology and Men’s Health.
What is the premature ejaculation? How do I treat the condition?
Premature ejaculation is when a man climaxes while masturbating or during intercourse earlier than normal.
Studies suggest that it normally takes about five and a half minutes for men to ejaculate during sexual intercourse.
But for about one in three, this happens within three minutes, or premature ejaculation.
What causes premature ejaculation?
Scientists say that both psychological and physical factors can lead to the problem.
Stress, depression, and anxiety can lead to rapid ejaculation.
But in some cases, problems with the prostate can also trigger rapid ejaculation.
Is there any treatment?
Premature ejaculation is considered one of the most common sexual complaints among men.
Treatment typically revolves around advice to masturbate up to two hours before intercourse, take a break during intercourse, or take a deep breath when you feel like you are about to climax.
But when these self-help strategies fail, patients are typically offered common antidepressant medications.