Premature ejaculation is a common sexual problem that affects many men worldwide. While there are various treatments available, incorporating specific foods into your diet can also help improve this condition. In this article, we will explore some of the best foods that can help treat premature ejaculation naturally.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is a complex sexual health condition that can result from a variety of factors, including psychological, physiological, and behavioral ones. While there is no definitive link between diet and premature ejaculation, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help improve overall health, including sexual health.
While further research is necessary, some studies have suggested that incorporating foods rich in zinc and magnesium may help with premature ejaculation. A small study conducted in 2001 even suggested that having low magnesium levels could potentially contribute to premature ejaculation.
Here is a list of foods that you should consider incorporating into your diet:
Oysters are a rich source of zinc, which plays a crucial role in regulating testosterone levels and improving sperm production. Studies have shown that zinc deficiency may contribute to premature ejaculation. Therefore, incorporating zinc-rich foods like oysters into your diet can help reduce this condition.
Dark chocolate is an excellent source of magnesium, which is essential for maintaining healthy sexual function. Magnesium is a vital nutrient that helps relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow to the penis, leading to longer-lasting erections. Eating dark chocolate regularly can help treat premature ejaculation and enhance sexual performance.
Bananas are rich in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. Potassium also helps reduce anxiety and stress, which are common factors contributing to premature ejaculation. Adding bananas to your daily diet can help promote overall sexual health and treat this condition.
Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats play a crucial role in maintaining healthy hormone levels and improving blood flow to the genital area. Avocados can help reduce anxiety and stress, leading to improved sexual function and reduced risk of premature ejaculation.
Spinach is a rich source of magnesium, which helps improve blood flow to the penis and maintain healthy sexual function. Studies have also shown that spinach can increase testosterone levels, leading to improved sexual performance and reduced risk of premature ejaculation.
Incorporating specific foods into your diet can help improve sexual health and treat premature ejaculation naturally. Oysters, dark chocolate, bananas, avocados, and spinach are some of the best foods that can help reduce this condition. By incorporating these foods into your diet, you can improve your sexual function and enjoy a more satisfying sex life.
Here are some of the most common PE treatments available in Singapore:
Drug medication for the treatment of PE is not available over the counter, you’ll need a doctor’s prescription to get these medicines.
This medication is from a class of medicines known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which are used in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Priligy (Dapoxetine) is an SSRI indicated in PE treatment in Singapore, and is the treatment of choice at Noah. It is an oral medication taken 1-3 hours prior to sex, that helps you have more control of ejaculation and can delay it. Another SSRI medication used in the treatment of PE is Sertraline, otherwise known under the brand name Zoloft. We’ll go into more detail about these two medications in our following article, along with supplements and behavioural techniques for PE.
Some over the counter creams and sprays are also used to help those with PE troubles, such as mild anesthetics like lidocaine or benzocaine. These creams and gels are applied topically to the tip of the penis and have a numbing effect and reduces sensation for the man, which can help to delay ejaculation. However, this option may not be ideal for everyone because the numbing effect of the creams or sprays may also affect your partner during sex (especially without a condom), and could possibly lead to losing erection.
According to O’Leary (2004), all men will potentially experience PE some time in their lives. Thankfully, there are a few options available for the prevention of PE, and it doesn’t always require medication. Through psycho-behavioural techniques, men can improve their endurance, learning to gradually stop PE and prolong the time before orgasm.
In a study by Chen et al. (2009), 58 PE patients were treated with psycho-behavioural therapy 2-3 times a week, over a 6-time course. Following the treatment, almost 80% of the patients reported a longer time before ejaculation, decreased sexual anxiety, and higher satisfaction for both themselves and their spouses during sex.
These psycho-behavioural techniques range from relaxation exercises to physical behavioural methods to stop PE. In our edging article, we provide you with more information on how you can take PE prevention into your own hands. These methods include behavioural techniques such as masturbating before sex, a “start-stop” technique and “squeezing” technique.
A study by Myers and Smith (2019) found that working out your pelvic floor muscles appear to be effective in PE management. The researchers discovered that 83% of participants with PE had improved control over ejaculation after exercising their pelvic floor muscles.
The exercises involved tightening and holding the pelvic floor muscles at intervals as they go about their day, to improve control and strength. It’s easiest to pinpoint these muscles when you’re in the toilet, by stopping halfway through urination and drawing your testicles upwards to your stomach. Once you’ve identified your pelvic floor muscles, engage and tense them for 10 seconds and release, repeating this 10 times. This exercise is discreet enough to be done throughout the day and may help you regain more control over ejaculation.
Dr. Tan Kok Kuan (2013) suggests that certain ‘passive’ sex positions may help you delay ejaculation. Studies have apparently shown that positions with your partner on top can slow down ejaculation, so if you don’t mind being on the bottom, it’s worth a try. Apart from different positions, it may do good if you try making shorter thrusts during sex. The decreased surface area of the penis being stimulated may help in delaying ejaculation. One other way to decrease stimulation of the penis with the intention of delaying ejaculation is to use condoms during sex, more specifically, thick ones. Putting on a condom early into an intimate situation may help prevent excessive stimulation leading to PE.
If you are experiencing premature ejaculation, it is advisable that you consult a doctor. Here at Noah, our doctors are best equipped with the knowledge to help you ascertain the root cause of your premature ejaculation. They will be able to advise you on the best treatment suited for you, and can also prescribe you the right medication should you need it.
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