New treatment may help premature ejaculators

Though commonly depicted in teen movies as a comical subject, for those who suffer from the condition, premature ejaculation (PE) is no laughing matter. The affliction affects around 20 to 38 percent of men, but a new treatment under investigation by a researcher at the University Hospital's Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio, offers a potential cure, according to NBC Affiliate WKYC.

Those who suffer from PE are not able to hold off their orgasm during sexual intercourse. They typically reach climax within seconds, or in severe cases, immediately after sex begins. This can be quite humiliating and create tension between sexual partners. Some couples may forgo sex in order to avoid the issue.

Dr. David Prologo of the University Hospital is hoping that his new treatment, which uses CT scans and a needle to freeze the dorsal penile nerve, could offer some relief from the condition.

Progolo's research is based on the fact that men who suffer from PE typically have a higher number of dorsal penile nerve brances than men who do not suffer from the condition. The extra nerve branches likely make the penis more sensitive, which in turn causes the men to ejaculate more quickly.

Freezing the dorsal penile nerve can reduce the sensitivity. So far, four men have received this treatment, three of whom reported 100 percent success, according to the news source.

Men who suffer from PE should talk about sex with their partner and may want to consider visiting a doctor. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average time from beginning of intercourse to climax is on average around five minutes.

Additionally, men who are prone to premature ejaculation should be sure to wear a condom as a form of STD prevention and to prevent unwanted pregnancies. 

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