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What sexual techniques can help treat premature ejaculation?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
For years, sex therapists have recommended two exercises aimed at increasing the amount of time a man can last if he has premature ejaculation (PE). These exercises, known as the stop-start technique and the squeeze technique have long been advocated as way to manage PE by controlling sexual arousal.

In the stop-start technique, a man or his partner stimulates his penis until he's close to orgasming, then stops all stimulation and starts again. In the squeeze technique, you place your hand so that your thumb is on one side of his penis and your index and middle fingers are on the other side. When he feels like he's ready climax, you squeeze, which supposedly quashes his desire and prevents orgasm. Both techniques were created by sex therapists and are meant to "retrain" men so they can last longer.

Men can practice the stop-start technique on their own, although most experts recommend using the squeeze technique with a partner. The exercises need to be repeated regularly to be effective, and even then they don't have consistent results.

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