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Pelvic Exercises can Help Men with Premature Ejaculation

Update Date: Apr 15, 2014 09:27 AM EDT

Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates within one minute, which can be very embarrassing for the male partner. This condition tends to affect most men at some points in their lives and even though there are many treatments available, not everyone responds to them well. In a new study, researchers examined an alternative form of treatment. They found that pelvic exercises could greatly help men dealing with chronic premature ejaculation.

"This is a small study, so the effects need to be verified in a bigger trial. Nevertheless, the results are very positive," lead investigator, Dr. Antonio Pastore, of Sapienza University of Rome, said reported by WebMD. "The rehabilitation exercises are easy to perform, with no reported adverse effects.

In this study, the researchers recruited 40 male participants between the ages of 19 and 46. All of the men suffered from chronic premature ejaculation and had tried many kinds of treatments, ranging from creams to behavioral therapy, without any success. The men were taught how to perform pelvic exercises that targeted their pelvic floor muscles. The exercises lasted 12 weeks.

At the beginning of the study, the average time of ejaculation was 32 seconds. By the end, average time of ejaculation increased to two and a half minutes. The researchers explained that these improvements could help boost a man's confidence, which could then help with their condition. Only five men did not experience any benefits at all. Pelvic floor exercises are often used as treatment for men with incontinence due to prostate cancer surgery. It has been also been recommended for men with temporary premature ejaculation. Pelvic floor exercises would be a great treatment for men with lifelong premature ejaculation because it has little to no side effects and is very cost effective.

"Premature ejaculation is a real problem for many men, and any way which we can find to help this condition is welcome," Carlo Bettocchi, a professor and a spokesman for the European Association of Urology, said. "This method is particularly welcome because it is the sufferers themselves who overcome the problem through their own efforts -- which will have additional psychological benefits."

The study's findings were presented at the European Congress of Urology in Stockholm.

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