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If I prematurely ejaculate, why should I avoid masturbation before sex?

Ian Kerner, PhD
Sexual Health
Masturbating before sex is an approach many guys with premature ejaculation (PE) have tried, and it seems logical: Masturbate now to “get it out of your system” so you last longer later.

Unfortunately, it’s just not that simple. Masturbating before sex may delay ejaculation, but it’s a quick fix, not a viable approach. Many older men have a difficult time regaining an erection, as well as their interest in sex, once they’ve masturbated, and many younger men find they’re quickly able to regain an erection post-masturbation when they’re in the presence of a real person, and their intravaginal ejaculatory latency time does not increase. Some men find that they’re only able to regain soft erections and still ejaculate quickly. Physiologically, a man can ejaculate without an erection and many men with PE find themselves in this situation. Plus, second ejaculations (in this case, after masturbation and during intercourse) often aren’t as pleasurable as the first one. Even if it works, masturbating before sex only masks the fact you have PE and doesn’t address the real problem. Masturbating regularly as part of an ongoing PE management program, not just “as needed” before sex, can help you make real progress in your ability to delay ejaculation and last longer.
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