There are some people who practice edging to increase the duration and intensity of their sexual activities. While it has been used by many to reach better and more powerful orgasms, did you know that edging originated as a form of treatment for premature ejaculation (PE)? In this article, we will explain what edging and PE are, whether edging can help with PE, and what are other alternatives you can explore to delay the time it takes to orgasm.
Premature ejaculation is when a man ejaculates or “comes” too early during sexual intercourse.
According to international guidelines, most scientists generally define PE as ejaculating within 1 minute of sexual penetration.
In comparison, some scientific journals report that the average male ejaculation time stands around 5 to 7 minutes.
When these early orgasms start to cause distress or greatly interfere with your sex life, doctors can medically diagnose it as PE.
But worry not. PE today is not an uncommon condition. In fact, it is the most common type of sexual dysfunction in men, with about 30% to 40% of men experiencing it at some point in their life.
Since PE can be caused by many factors, ranging from psychological, biological to physiological, there are a variety of treatments readily available for men who suffer from PE.
Edging, sometimes also known as peaking or surfing, is a sexual technique used to control orgasms.
Although most commonly used as a method to increase the intensity of an orgasm, some people practice it as a way to lengthen their sexual activities.
In an old scientific study published in 1956, James H. Semans, a surgeon and lead medical scientist, introduced the ‘stop-start method’.
This method involves stimulating the penis right to the brink of orgasm and stopping to let the urge of ejaculation pass. Typically, the technique is repeated several times, training men to recognize the phase of sexual arousal that occurs before an orgasm.
Edging can be practiced by yourself or with a partner to heighten sexual arousal for an extended period of time without climaxing.
Many people who practice edging purposely stop themselves right on the cusp of orgasming and let the urge to ejaculate pass.
This allows the person to control their orgasms, naturally extending sexual activity. On top of that, it can also help one achieve a more intense orgasm during ejaculation.
This gives you more time for solo or partner play, helping to prevent premature ejaculation and more.
Those who edge have described the physical sensations of orgasms to be far more satisfying than conventional orgasms.
Anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can practice edging.
Edging is generally very safe and unlikely to cause any lasting side effects that may be of concern.
It is not a cause of erectile dysfunction (ED), which happens when men are unable to maintain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse.
In addition, it is also unlikely to cause any sort of ejaculation problems such as retrograde ejaculation (dry orgasms) or anorgasmia (inability to climax).
It should be noted that edging is different from delayed ejaculation, which is a medical condition where a person with a penis can’t ejaculate or require more than 30 minutes of sexual stimulation just to reach orgasm.
But while edging is generally very safe, in some very rare cases, it can cause problems such as epididymal hypertension.
Epididymal hypertension, more commonly referred to as “blue balls”, is a condition caused when excess blood remains in the penis and testicles during erection for a prolonged time without sexual release.
Those who experience it usually feel aching, pain, or heaviness in the testicles and may notice their testicles take on a bluish tint. These symptoms occur due to restricted blood flow from the penis.
Fortunately, epididymal hypertension usually goes away on its own or through simple remedies such as:
• Orgasm and ejaculation
• Cold showers or a cool bath
• Physical exercises
• Mental distractions
However, if you experience the following symptoms in addition to pain, you should see a doctor as soon as you can:
• Lump or enlargement in either testicle
• Pain in the lower back
• Dull aching sensations in the groin area
These symptoms could indicate a potentially more serious problem like testicular cancer.
Yes, edging can help to delay orgasms, especially for men with premature ejaculation.
Furthermore, the prolonged withholding of sexual release also usually makes the eventual orgasm more pleasurable.
According to the International Society for Sexual Medicine, edging usually follows a certain cycle that helps to intensify sexual activity for some.
The common practice of edging is as such:
1. A person is stimulated till they almost reach the point of orgasm (“the edge”)
2. Stimulation is quickly reduced so that the person doesn’t orgasm
3. Once the urge to orgasm passes, stimulation increases to bring the person to “the edge” again
This process is repeated however many times you want. There is no guideline for how long or how many times you should edge.
There are a few edging methods that you can try to prolong your ejaculation time. If you would like, take some time to experiment with these techniques to see what works best for you.
As its name suggests, the stop-start method is where you stop right before you climax to let the urge to ejaculate pass, then continue stimulation.
This method can be done solo during masturbation or with a partner.
There is no limit to how many times you can edge yourself with the stop-start method in one session. Once you learn to recognise how long you can last for, you can further train yourself to extend the time it takes before ejaculation.
The squeeze method is a technique that is commonly used in behavioural therapy for PE treatment.
How the method works is by beginning sexual activity until you reach the point right before ejaculation.
Then, you can either have your partner or yourself squeeze the tip of your penis, at the point where the penis head (glans) joins the shaft.
Hold this squeeze for several seconds until the urge to ejaculate passes.
You can repeat this method however many times you like in one session, but make sure you ejaculate at the end.
The “ballooning” technique is a type of edging that incorporates kegel exercises.
These exercises are intended to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, as weak muscles can result in earlier ejaculations.
To identify your pelvic floor muscles, you can do this by trying to stop the flow of urine while emptying your bladder. If you can stop your urine midstream for a second or two, then you are using the correct muscles.
During ballooning, you stimulate yourself till the verge of climax. Then, perform Kegels to allow your erection to subside, or “deflate” as the method suggests.
Once that happens, you stimulate yourself again to full arousal.
You can repeat this process as many times as you like.
PE is a common sexual dysfunction that is very much treatable. Men who experience PE do not need to worry as there are a variety of treatments that are effective in treating the condition.
Drug treatment remains a 1st-line treatment for many, especially when it comes to PE.
Priligy is an FDA-approved drug designed to treat adult men (aged 18 to 64 years) with PE.
The drug contains short-acting dapoxetine, an active ingredient that is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
SSRIs work by preventing the reuptake of serotonin by the body. By binding to 5-HT receptors, these drugs help induce inhibition of ejaculation, prolonging the time it takes to climax.
In some studies, many men who have taken Priligy have reported “good” or “very good” control over their ejaculation.
Priligy only comes in two doses - 30mg and 60mg. Most patients start on the 30mg doses.
Priligy is not intended for continuous daily use but only taken when sexual activity is to be anticipated. For maximum effectiveness, most take it approximately 1 to 3 hours before sexual activity.
The drug should not be taken more than once every 24 hours.
If you’re looking to get started on PE medication, licensed doctors on our platform can help. After consultations with the doctor, medication in discreet packaging will be delivered to your door in 4 hours at no extra charge.
Behavioural therapy is also an effective way to treat PE.
Since PE can be caused by many factors, ranging from psychological to physiological, medications might not be as effective against psychological PE.
Behavioural therapy is an effective method to treat psychological PE. By improving self-confidence in men and equipping them with the right skills, it can help to delay ejaculation time.
Behavioural therapy also combines physical techniques such as stop-start, squeeze, or pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation, to allow men to train their sexual skills to orgasm later than expected.
In many cases, psychotherapy sessions use counselling to correct any underlying interpersonal problems that could be a cause of PE. These include relationship issues, negative body self-image, anxiety and depression, and more.
In one study, researchers said that behavioural therapy had a success rate of 45%-65% in delaying ejaculation for men with PE.
However, researchers had also noted that its benefits were generally short-lived as the problem relapsed, but nonetheless was still a good substitute for medication.
Kegel exercises are intended to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
As weak pelvic floor muscles can unintentionally cause earlier ejaculations, training these muscles can help you prolong the time it takes to orgasm.
Some ways to strengthen these muscles are by first emptying your bladder, then sitting or lying down.
Next, tighten your pelvic floor muscles and then hold and count for 3 to 5 seconds. For best results, try not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. Also, avoid holding your breath and try to breathe freely during the exercises.
Lastly, relax your muscles and count 3 to 5 seconds.
You can repeat this process 10 times, up to 3 times a day. Most people like to spread out these exercises over morning, afternoon, and night.
Using numbing sprays or creams is also a very effective way to delay ejaculation time.
They usually contain small amounts of anesthetic medications like lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic used to numb specific areas of tissue.
By using numbing sprays and creams, you can reduce the sensitivity in your skin tissue around your penis.
This reduces the likelihood of PE and prolongs the time it takes to ejaculate, especially for those who have penis hypersensitivity.
In a small 2003 study, scientists studied and treated 11 men with PE with lidocaine sprays. Findings from the study revealed that those who used numbing sprays delayed their ejaculation time from an average of 84 seconds to 11 minutes and 21 minutes.
Men who used the spray also reported higher satisfaction scores for both themselves and their partners. This shows that while numbing sprays reduce your sensitivity during sex, it doesn’t reduce sexual enjoyment.
Here at Noah, we have the “Prolong Spray”, a 10% local anaesthetic topical spray that helps alter the sensitivity of the sprayed area without overly numbing it
Numbing sprays and creams are very simple to use.
To get started on numbing creams, it is recommended that you apply the cream to your penis at least 10 to 15 minutes before any sexual activity for maximum effectiveness.
As for numbing sprays, you should aim the spray towards the frenulum of the penis, which is just below the penis head.
Once the creams or sprays have been applied, use your fingertips to slowly rub in a circular motion until they no longer feel wet.
Edging is generally a safe method for those who want to delay their ejaculation naturally.
On top of that, edging also helps to increase the duration and intensity of sexual activities, allowing those who practice it to achieve better orgasms.
There are a few simple methods to edge, such as the stop-start, squeeze, and ballooning methods.
All of these methods aim to prolong ejaculation by purposefully stopping right before you climax, and allowing the urge to ejaculate to pass before beginning re-stimulation.
These edging cycles are then repeated however many times a person likes.
Be sure to talk to a healthcare provider to see what treatment options are available, and to also find what is best suited for your needs.
If you have concerns about premature ejaculation, Noah can help.
We get that no one likes to experience PE-related issues or talk about them, so we keep it discreet here at Noah. From consultations with licensed doctors to the distribution of PE medications, you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.
After consultations, you can expect medications in discreet packaging to be delivered to your door within 4 hours, at no additional fee.
If you would like to be discreetly treated for premature ejaculation issues, you can complete our online evaluation so that we can best assist you.
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