Premature ejaculation can be primary, meaning it’s happened since your first sexual experience, or acquired, when it develops later on.
But it might not be exactly painless
If you’re blasting off too quickly in the bedroom, there might be a drug-free way to make you last longer: Acupuncture may be a successful treatment for premature ejaculation, a new review in the journal Sexual Medicine concluded.
When analyzing results from two previous studies on acupuncture, the researchers discovered that men with premature ejaculation who received the treatment increased their time before ejaculation by just over 30 seconds.
Premature ejaculation can be primary, meaning it’s happened since your first sexual experience, or acquired, when it develops later on. The International Society for Sexual Medicine defines premature ejaculation as ejaculating within one minute of vaginal penetration for primary, or a decrease in time it takes to ejaculate, usually within three minutes, for acquired. In order to meet criteria for diagnosis, you also must be unable to delay your ejaculation, and the issue must cause you some kind of emotional distress.
Researchers from a previous study on the effects of acupuncture and premature ejaculation theorize that the needles may stimulate a biological response in your body. This may alter the production of neurotransmitters in your brain, which can prove beneficial in premature ejaculation. In fact, that may be why antidepressants called serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are usually the first-line medical treatment for it.
If the thought of getting stuck with needles makes you queasy, SSRIs or an opioid pain-reliever tramadol can help you last longer in bed, too.