Maca root is considered to have numerous beneficial effects on men’s sexual function, as it is said to boost libido (sexual desire) and energy, fertility, and help with sexual dysfunction. These benefits mean that Maca root may also able to help with Premature Ejaculation (PE), which is one of the most common forms of male sexual dysfunction that affects as many as 1 in 3 men.
Premature Ejaculation (PE) is a condition where a man ejaculates sooner than desired before or shortly after commencing sexual activity or sexual penetration.
Ejaculation refers to the ejection of semen from the body. This is controlled by the central nervous system, where sexual stimulation sends signals to the spinal cord and brain. When a certain level of excitement is reached, signals are sent from the brain to the reproductive organs, causing ejaculation.
There are two possible forms of PE:
Lifelong PE is often the result of psychological factors, such as having a distressing sexual experience.
Acquired PE can be a result of both psychological and physical factors, which include alcohol consumption and prostatitis.
PE may occur due to both psychological and physical factors. At the same time, conditions such as Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can increase the risk of PE occurring. Fear of losing an erection after facing issues maintaining an erection may cause a person to hurry through sex, resulting in early ejaculation.
Psychological causes of PE include:
•Depression or anxiety
• Expecting failure
• Traumatic sexual experiences from an earlier age
• Issues within the relationship
Physical causes of PE include:
•Abnormal hormone levels
• Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain)
• Inflammation and infection of the prostate or urethra
• Inherited traits
PE may not be a cause of concern if it happens infrequently. However, you might be diagnosed with the condition if you always or often ejaculate within one minute of penetration and/or you often feel distressed and frustrated as it’s affecting your sex life and relationships.
Maca root is known by many names, including Peruvian Ginseng, Ginseng Andin, Lepidium meyenii, Lepidium peruvianam, maca-maca, maino or ayak chichira. It looks like a mix of a potato and white radish, has a nutty taste and smells like butterscotch.
Maca grows in the Andes mountains thousands of feet above sea level in Peru, and has been cultivated as a root vegetable for at least 3000 years. People in the Andes use the root as a food supplement and an ingredient for traditional medicine for numerous ailments ranging from fertility issues to poor memory.
Maca root is available in powder or capsule form, and is often added into smoothies, shakes or oatmeal as a supplement. In Peru, the vegetable is also eaten simply roasted or made into a fermented drink called ‘maca chicha’.
Maca root is said to be a superfood with numerous nutritional benefits, including high levels of iron and iodine, potassium, calcium, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. While little is known about the truth behind these claims, maca root is also said to boost libido and energy and help with conditions such as sexual dysfunction, depression, hair loss, and fertility.
Maca root was considered so potent, the Incas restricted the use of it to royals only. Fortunately, that isn’t the case any longer. Maca root is well-known to boost energy levels, and similar to ginseng, has claims that it can increase strength, libido, and improve sexual function. In recent years, several studies and trials have been conducted to try and find scientific evidence for these benefits of the plant.
A 2007 study investigated the effects of Maca on male sexual behaviour by using rats in their experiment. Though they found only a slight effect on sexual performance, they also observed an increase in latency to ejaculation after 7 days of Maca administration.
Numerous clinical trials with Maca samples in the form of gelatinized powder, pills, and dehydrated capsules found that they improved features of human semen such as ejaculation volume and total sperm count of both healthy males and males with sub-subfertility. Maca was also found to improve sexual desire and the performance of healthy males and males with Erectile Dysfunction (ED).
A 2010 review on clinical trials testing maca and its effects on sexual function found that four trials showed that maca had some effectiveness in improving sexual desire after 6 weeks of administration. However, the evidence for this was limited and no firm conclusions could be drawn.
The growing popularity of Maca led to the uptake of clinical trials and research to derive the various benefits of Maca. Though some evidence has been found about the positive effect of Maca on sexual function in terms of libido and improvement in sperm count and quality, there has been no research on the specific benefit of Maca for PE.
Overall, further research is required to better understand the full benefits of Maca Root and draw conclusions about its impact on sexual function, but preliminary studies have indeed shown that it has the potential to improve sexual function
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Generally, Maca is safe for consumption and previous studies on its use show that it has not been associated with any adverse side effects.
A 2016 study on the acceptability, safety, and efficacy of oral administration of black or red Maca in adults showed that they were well-tolerated and safe for consumption, and even contributed to an improvement in their quality of life.
If you do have a health condition, speak with a healthcare professional before taking maca as it may not be safe or appropriate for everyone.
If you are experiencing premature ejaculation (PE), you should speak to a licensed doctor to evaluate the issue and receive professional advice. A doctor can help you determine the cause of your condition and work out a PE treatment that best suits you.
Fortunately, PE is a treatable condition and can be improved through medication, behavioural therapy, or a combination of the two. In general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet through weight loss or smoking cessation have also been proven to help improve PE.
PE medication such as Priligy can be used to treat PE by boosting serotonin levels in the body, leading to a delayed reaction in parts of the brain that control ejaculation and prolongs the time taken to orgasm. It is a prescription-only pill, and is the only medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PE.
Another effective option could be to use a delay spray, which is a product that helps men last longer during sex by reducing sensitivity in a man’s penile to delay ejaculation. If you’re having trouble lasting in bed, Noah’s Prolong Spray may work for you. The lidocaine-based spray is easy to use and is proven to be effective.
Delay sprays are a controlled medication in Singapore and are not available over-the-counter, so you will require a doctor’s prescription to get them.
Noah provides a platform for you to easily consult a doctor who will then recommend the best treatment for you. If you are prescribed medication such as Priligy or a delay spray, you’ll receive it within 4 hours with free discreet delivery.
Your doctor may also recommend that you go for sex therapy. Therapy can help you identify psychological causes of your sexual issues. For instance, anxiety can be a cause of PE. Therapy can treat your condition or issue by allowing you to talk about your experiences and worries, and from there your therapist will help you manage and overcome your concerns. A sex therapist will help you work out coping mechanisms to help you resolve the issue, such as personalised exercises or techniques to extend sexual activity and delay ejaculation.
Here at Noah, we also offer online sex therapy with professional and accredited therapists. With flexible sessions at a time and place that’s convenient for you and personalised care at an affordable, flat fee, online therapy is an extremely viable option today.
Despite its growing popularity, Maca root still remains a relatively mysterious food since many of its effects, both positive and negative ones, are still unknown. However, having been cultivated and consumed for years, it is considered a safe superfood, and its potential benefits mean that it will continue to be actively used around the world.
Further research is likely to be conducted with Maca, but for now there isn’t any direct evidence that Maca root can help with PE.
If you’re worried about treating PE, you should look towards more viable and clinically proven treatments such as PE medication and therapy. Since there are numerous possible causes of PE, do be sure to consult a doctor on the best treatment or combination of treatments for your condition.
With Noah, a digital health clinic for men in Singapore, you can speak to a doctor and get the PE treatment that you need from the comfort of home. Doctors on our platform are best equipped to help you determine the best course of action and can prescribe you with the right medication should you need it.
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