Premature ejaculation affects a significant number of men at some point in their lives. However, a new study shows that pelvic floor exercises can help with treating lifelong premature ejaculation problems.
Study data from Sapienza University of Rome was presented at the European Congress of Urology in Stockholm yesterday. It showed that pelvic floor exercises can be effective in delaying ejaculation for men. The research indicated, for the first time, that pelvic floor exercises are helpful for men who have had problems with premature ejaculation their whole lives.
Perceptions of premature ejaculation are often subjective. Some men believe they have premature ejaculation inappropriately, but the International Society of Sexual Medicine defines premature ejaculation as “ejaculation within a minute.” There have been a variety of treatments for premature ejaculation over the years. Some are more effective than others, but some men have not responded to the previous treatment options.
The research, led by Dr. Antonio Pastore from Sapienza University, involved a group of 40 men, whose ages ranged from 19 to 46, suffering from premature ejaculation and had tried other therapies, without any significant improvement. The men were trained to exercise their pelvic floor muscles during the 12-week study period. The participants also measured their time-to-orgasm over the three months. At the start of the study, the men’s average ejaculation time was 31.7 seconds. At the end of the 12 weeks of pelvic floor exercises, the average ejaculation time had risen to 146.2 seconds (two and a half minutes). This was a greater than 400 percent increase.
Overall, 33 of the 40 men saw improvements in ejaculation time over the 12 weeks. Only five participants did not show significant improvement. Two men did drop out of the study early, but showed improvement before quitting. Thirteen of the 33 continued participating in the trial for six months and maintained their extended ejaculation time throughout.
Pelvic floor exercises are used to help men with incontinence problems, especially after some surgeries, including those for prostate cancer. The exercises had been previously tested for helping relieve temporary impotence, but this study marks the first time that they were used in tests over a longer period of time with men who had lifelong problems.
Dr. Pastore reported that the pelvic rehabilitation exercises were easy for participants to perform and there were no reported adverse effects. Pastore also commented that they found that “the fact that the men were able to improve their sex-lives through their own efforts helped their self-confidence.”
Pastore noted that the results are very positive, but this was a small study and its effects will need to be verified with a bigger trial. The pelvic floor exercise techniques offered significant benefits over existing techniques, including cost-savings and the lack of possible side effects. Although the exact exercises need to be standardized, the results achieved by patients with lifelong premature ejaculation suggests that it considered as an option for premature ejaculation patients in the future.
Professor Carlo Bettocchi (Bari) commented, on behalf of the European Association of Urology, “Premature ejaculation is a real problem for many men.” Bettocchi added, “Any way we can find to help this condition is welcome.” He noted that the method used in the study was particularly welcome because it allowed the sufferers to overcome the problem through their own efforts – which will have undoubtedly have additional psychological benefits.
By Dyanne Weiss