Between hectic days at work and busy weekends, we live full and fast-paced lives. Finding a balance can be tough, and taking on too much can have a negative effect on our health. Today, 12 million people in the UK struggle with mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression,1 and these are all conditions that can lead to other issues. Premature ejaculation (PE) is a problem for many men, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
What exactly is premature ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation is often defined as ‘coming too early’, but epic love scenes in the movies have made it tricky to know exactly what ‘too early’ means. More accurately, premature ejaculation is regularly ejaculating within one minute of penetration, or ejaculating within three minutes if this is not a problem you’ve ever experienced before.2 That may sound a little sooner than you thought, but in reality the average time that most men last is actually around 5 and a half minutes.3
Though PE can affect everyone, it’s more common in younger men and those in new relationships.
The spiralling effects of stress and anxiety
Whether you’re worrying about work, money or relationships; stress, anxiety and depression can all affect your performance in the bedroom. Unfortunately, for many men these difficulties then cause even more stress, which only feeds the problem.
Chronic stress affects your sex life because it can cause your body to produce too much cortisol, which in turn can lower your sex drive. Be assured that there are plenty of PE treatments available that may be effective, but it’s also worth looking at the root of the problem. Why not have a chat to a medical professional either on your own or with your partner? They can help you to identify the areas in your life that are causing you stress, and find ways to minimise the impact that these are having on your life.
Top tips for prolonging performance
There are things that you can do to take the pressure off intercourse and minimise anxiety in the bedroom. Try taking the focus off sex, and instead give your partner a massage or spend time enjoying foreplay together. Just remember that if you’re highly stimulated beforehand, things are more likely to end that bit quicker during penetrative sex.
Masturbating can also help you to recognise when you’re close to climax. This means that when you’re with your partner, you’ll know when you need to slow things down, change positions, or move the focus onto your partner to prevent ejaculating too early. For more advice on prolonging your performance, take a look at our blogs.
Don’t worry if these techniques aren’t working for you—you’re certainly not out of options. Head over to the LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor PE Clinic for a quick and discreet online consultation that’ll help you find a treatment that works for you. Opt for next-day delivery, or collect your treatment on the very same day.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your partner
Performance anxiety is tricky. It tends to be the case that the more you worry, the more difficult it is to perform as you would like, especially if you’re also juggling concerns that your partner isn’t satisfied. Why not try opening up to him or her? Having an honest conversation about how you’re feeling could help to take away some of the pressure, and even bring you closer together as a couple.
What treatments are available?
Thankfully, there are lots of options out there. If you’re looking for something that you can use in the moment, there are condoms and creams that contain numbing agents that help to desensitise the penis. Alternatively, you could try a tablet prescription medication called Priligy. This is a selective ‘serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)’ which has been specifically developed for the treatment of premature ejaculation. Priligy has been proven to be very effective in delaying ejaculation. Visit our PE Clinic for a free online consultation to learn more today.
Don’t let premature ejaculation hold you back
Trying out some new techniques, opening up to your partner or simply seeking medical help could be all it takes to get your sex life back on track. Don’t let anxiety take the fun out of sex—visit LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor to find a solution that works for you.
1 MentalHealth.org – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress
2 Patient.co.uk – https://patient.info/health/premature-ejaculation-leaflet
3 NHS Choices – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/erection-problems-erectile-dysfunction/
4 NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ejaculation-problems/