Many men trying to last longer in bed try elixirs, supplements and pseudoscientific techniques such as pre-sex masturbation.
But a study suggests that a short burst of regular exercise is very effective in treating premature ejaculation.
Researchers found that running for just 30 minutes five days a week could raise your time to climax by up to eight minutes.
Exercise can treat premature ejaculation by strengthening the muscles around the genitals that help with erections and ejaculations, scientists say.
Previous research has suggested that yoga can also extend men’s bedroom endurance.
Dr Lee Smith, a public health expert at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, who led the latest study, said: “There are clear indications that physical exercise, including running and l ‘engagement of the muscles of the pelvic floor, show promise in several studies.
“Given that drugs often have side effects, it seems that, after all, the best medicine to avoid premature ejaculation may well be exercise, and this possibility requires larger studies and more investigations.”
The paper was a meta-analysis of 54 studies involving a total of 3,500 men.
Premature ejaculation is when someone ejaculates much earlier than you want, usually within two minutes of entering your partner.
On average, men usually last about seven minutes in bed.
Treatments include the medication dapoxetine, which is not yet approved in the United States. It works by inhibiting the release of the sensation hormone that causes ejaculation.
Yoga can help men last THREE times longer in bed, study suggests
Up to a third of men do not last as long during sex as they or their partner would like, which can lead to low self-esteem and anxiety.
Other medications used off-label include local anesthetics and those commonly prescribed to treat depression.
In the study, researchers searched the medical literature for studies examining treatments for premature ejaculation.
They identified 54 studies, of which the majority (19) were completed in Europe.
The paper then included a narrative summary of the main papers, which highlighted that exercise can be as effective as medication against premature ejaculation.
In a paper from 2017105 men around 28 years old and with premature ejaculation were recruited.
Of these, a third was given dapoxetine, while a third did moderate physical activity – running for 30 minutes five times a week – and a third did little exercise.
After a month, there was an improvement both in the group that uses the drug and those that did exercise. There was no significant difference between them, suggesting that exercise was also effective.
They also highlighted a separate study 2014 on 78 men who were about 41 years old and had premature ejaculation.
All were asked to do pelvic floor exercises three times a day for a month to treat the condition.
The results showed that more than half (55 percent) had their premature ejaculation cured during this period.
His time to ejaculate after entering a partner is also increased from two to ten minutes.
The study concludes: “Premature ejaculation has been managed with various non-pharmacological approaches (eg behavioral and surgical approaches) that have been found to be effective in relatively small randomized clinical trials.
“Large randomized control trials are urgently needed to further guide clinicians in selecting the best option for different patient groups.”
The study was published in the journal Trends in Urology and Men’s Health.
What is premature ejaculation? How to treat the condition?
Premature ejaculation is when a man climaxes while masturbating or during sex earlier than normal.
Studies suggest that normally men take about five and a half minutes to ejaculate during sex.
But for about one in three, this happens within three minutes – or premature ejaculation.
What causes premature ejaculation?
Scientists say that physical and psychological factors can lead to the problem.
Stress, depression and anxiety can lead to rapid ejaculation.
But in some cases, problems with the prostate can also cause rapid ejaculation.
Is there any treatment?
Premature ejaculation is considered one of the most common sexual complaints among men.
Treatment usually revolves around advice to masturbate up to two hours before sex, take a break during sex or take a deep breath when you feel that a climax is about to happen.
But when these self-help strategies fail, patients are usually offered a common anti-depressant medication