Biofeedback therapy teaches body control, but can it keep you from ejaculating sooner than expected?
Biofeedback Therapy as a Solution to Premature Ejaculation
What Is Biofeedback Therapy?
Biofeedback physical therapy is a holistic, non-drug treatment where the patient learns to control involuntary bodily functions. This includes muscle tension, breathing, muscle contraction, and even blood pressure.
There are three types of biofeedback therapy:
- EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback: EEG treatment focuses on measuring one’s electrical brain activity. It’s recommended for patients suffering from mental health disorders such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression.
- Thermal Biofeedback: This is the process of measuring the skin’s temperature to assess one’s overall health and well-being. This is often advised to patients with incontinence, high blood pressure, and rising stress levels.
- Electromyography: The process involves attaching biofeedback equipment, such as electrodes and sensors, to the skin to measure the body’s stress response to muscle tension and contraction. The findings are then displayed on the screen for a therapist to analyze. Patients often use this for progressive muscle relaxation training to gain control over their muscles.
Is Premature Ejaculation a Real Problem?
Premature ejaculation isn’t a myth. It’s one of the most common male sexual disorders, and 39% of teens and adult men suffer from it.
It’s when the man orgasms sooner than he was expecting to. This may happen during foreplay, intercourse, or even while your partner is just taking off their clothes.
Ejaculating too soon is not only embarrassing, but it also prevents you and your lover from having good sex. In some cases, it might even lead to the idea of cheating.
Luckily, your relationship doesn’t have to suffer. If you want to last longer in bed, you can ask your therapist about biofeedback treatment and pelvic floor exercises.
Biofeedback therapy, specifically electromyography, measures muscle tension. It can be used to assess a man’s ability to control his pelvic floor muscles through exercises.
The pelvic floor muscles play an active role in sexual intercourse. Improving your ability to control this muscle group also helps you regain complete control over your ejaculation.
Do Biofeedback Therapy and Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises Work for Men Suffering from Premature Ejaculation?
A study published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Urology showed the efficacy of pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation on premature ejaculation. The 12-week study measured regular pelvic floor muscle exercises using biofeedback equipment.
Subjects included 40 men aged 19-46 years old suffering from premature ejaculation. At the start of the experiment, the average time it took for them to climax was only 32 seconds.
Findings showed that 33 (82.5%) subjects were able to control their ejaculatory reflexes and delay climax by 123.6–152.4 seconds, while 13 out of the 33 successful subjects reported an average of 112.6-second duration before ejaculation. A follow-up evaluation was done six months later.
Note: For comparison, the participants also tried alternatives such as creams, antidepressants, and even behavioral therapy treatments. None showed the same astounding results as biofeedback therapy and pelvic exercises did.
Premature ejaculation can be troublesome in relationships and quite embarrassing for men. The good news is it’s not a permanent, irreversible condition.
Following a biofeedback therapy program is one of the ways to remedy it. What’s important is to consult with a professional therapist before deciding to undergo any form of treatment.
Perhaps the worst thing you can do is to blindly self-medicate. Doing so might cause more harm than good to your health.
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