Can a Sex Therapist Help with Premature Ejaculation?

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Premature ejaculation, or PE as it is called, is one of the most common issues sex therapists address. PE occurs when a man reaches orgasm, but ejaculates too soon without control.

The condition can lead both partners to feel ashamed or frustrated. These feelings can cause anxiety and depression.

That’s why, whether you approach the problem of PE behaviorally or medically, treatment is most effective when paired with a psychosexual skills program.

Sex counselors help couples discover the psychological issues that may be causing PE. Feelings of guilt and shame about masturbation or sex, developed in childhood, can show up as PE later, and the condition can be relieved by addressing these issues.

Premature Ejaculation Solutions

If looking at underlying causes does not solve the PE completely, you can move on to practical solutions.

  1. One common strategy is “the squeeze technique,” designed for use by intimate couples. In this method, the partner stimulates the male until he is near climax. Then, the partner stops arousing him and grasps the head of the penis tightly, keeping their hand in place until the feelings of a coming orgasm fade. The process is repeated several times for a sustained period.

Over time, the individual suffering from PE usually develops a higher tolerance for penal stimulation and can engage in sexual intercourse longer than he could before.

  1. Numbing creams are also prescribed. They numb the penis, allowing men to sustain sexual intercourse longer before reaching orgasm.

Although this method does rely upon medication, it is not considered invasive or extreme. These creams do not affect a man’s physiology or hormones, and can be used without fear of physical harm.

As each individual’s symptoms are unique, sex counselors are trained to find a personalized PE solution for each couple.