Run more for endurance in the bedroom: Jogging for just 30 minutes a day treats premature ejaculation, study shows
Many men who want to last longer in bed try elixirs, supplements and pseudoscientific techniques such as pre-sex masturbation.
But one study suggests that a short burst of regular exercise is very effective in treating premature ejaculation.
Researchers found that just 30 minutes of running five days a week can increase their time to peak by up to eight minutes.
Exercise can treat premature ejaculation by strengthening the muscles around the genitals that help with erections and ejaculations, scientists say.
Previous research has suggested that yoga may also increase men’s stamina in the bedroom.
Simple exercises like running can help cure premature ejaculation, study suggests (stock photo)
Dr. Lee Smith, a public health expert at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, who led the latest study, said: ‘There is clear evidence that exercise, including running and pelvic floor contraction, shows promise in several studies.
“Since medications often have side effects, it seems that the best medicine to prevent premature ejaculation may be exercise, 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 sooner than desired, usually within two minutes of entering their partner.
Men stay in bed for about seven minutes on average.
Treatments include the medication 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 medications commonly prescribed to treat depression.
In the study, researchers searched the medical literature for studies on treatments for premature ejaculation.
They identified 54 studies, most of which (19) were completed in Europe.
The article then included a narrative summary of the key articles, highlighting that exercise can be as effective as medication for premature ejaculation.
In a paper from 2017105 men approximately 28 years old and with premature ejaculation were recruited.
Of these, a third received dapoxetine, while a third engaged in moderate exercise – running for 30 minutes five times a week – and a third engaged in little exercise.
After a month there was an improvement in both the group that took the drug and in the group that did exercise. There was no significant difference between them, suggesting that exercise was just as effective.
They also highlighted a separate study from 2014 on 78 men who were about 41 years old and had premature ejaculation.
They were all 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) had cured their premature ejaculation during this time.
Their time to ejaculate after entering a partner also increased from two to ten minutes.
The study concludes: ‘Premature ejaculation has been treated with a variety of non-pharmacological approaches (e.g., behavioral and surgical approaches) that have been shown to be effective in relatively small randomized clinical trials.
“Large randomized control trials are urgently needed to further guide clinicians in selecting the best option for different groups of patients.”
The research has been published in the journal Trends in urology and men’s health.
What is Premature Ejaculation? How do I treat the condition?
Premature ejaculation is when a man ejaculates earlier than usual while masturbating or having sex.
Studies suggest that men normally take about five and a half minutes to ejaculate during sex.
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 all lead to rapid ejaculation.
But in some cases, problems with the prostate can also cause rapid ejaculation.
Are there treatments?
Premature ejaculation is considered one of the most common sexual complaints in men.
Treatment usually revolves around advising you to masturbate up to two hours before sex, take a break during sex, or take deep breaths if you feel like you’re about to climax.
But when these self-help strategies fail, patients are normally offered common antidepressants