STOCKHOLM—Pelvic floor exercises may be an effective treatment for hard-to-treat premature ejaculation (PE), researchers reported at the European Association of Urology (EAU) 29th annual congress.
Antonio Pastore, MD, of Sapienza University of Rome, and colleagues studied 40 men (aged 19-46 years) who had lifelong PE and had tried various therapies without significant improvement. The researchers trained them to exercise their pelvic floor muscles over a 12-week period.
At the start of the trial, the average ejaculation time was 31.7 seconds. After 12 weeks of pelvic floor exercises, this time increased to 146 seconds, a greater than 4-fold increase.
Of the 40 men, 33 improved within 12 weeks. Five men showed no significant improvement and 2 had dropped out of the trial early after showing improvement. Results also showed that 13 of the 33 patients continued the trial up to the 6-month mark and they reported maintaining their extended ejaculation time.
“This is an interesting study. Premature ejaculation is a real problem for many men, and any way which we can find to help this condition is welcome,” said Carlo Bettocchi, MD, of the University of Bari in Bari, Italy, speaking on behalf of the EAU.
“This method [is] particularly welcome because it is the sufferers themselves who overcome the problem through their own efforts—which will have additional psychological benefits.”