Premature ejaculation (PE) is a problem for many men, with mixed results from various treatments. Treatments on offer include both over the counter and prescribed medications, cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnosis, stop/start technique and many others. While some men may find the above useful, they don’t work for everyone. Interestingly, one study has shown that yoga can be an effective and useful treatment for men suffering with premature ejaculation.
While the sample size of the study was relatively small (only 68 men), the results for the participants who used yoga to ease premature ejaculation were significant. The control group was given pharmacological treatment for PE, which meant that they had to take a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) daily for 12 weeks. The study group was instructed to practice specific Hatha yoga poses for approximately 1 hour a day for 12 weeks. The results showed that while not all of the men using SSRIs noticed an improvement in their ejaculatory time, all of those in the yoga group reported a statistically significant improvement.
Most medications have side effects and are not suitable for everyone, so the concept of using a less invasive treatment such as yoga is quite important. One of the possible reasons cited for such an improvement was the introduction of Pranayama, which is considered the best way to breathe. Breathing properly in this way allows more oxygen into the cells, which in turn improves the voluntary and involuntary nervous system. Add to this the fact that yoga can relieve anxiety, and it becomes clearer why it would be useful for premature ejaculation. Often premature ejaculation is linked to sexual performance anxiety, so remaining calm in sexual situations is useful.
Another known benefit of yoga is mastering the mind, which means that our thoughts have less control over our actions. Considering that most cases of PE are psychologically derived, using yoga to still the unhelpful thoughts would have a substantial impact on the incidence of premature ejaculation. Learning to choose which thoughts are useful or not is a mainstay for me as a sex therapist, with meditation being used with almost all of my clients. Combining the psychological and physiological benefits that yoga offers makes it a viable adjunct to sex therapy. Sex therapy with regular yoga practice may vastly improve the sex lives of those who struggle with premature ejaculation.
Disclaimer: The above is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your healthcare practitioner.