How To Last Longer In Bed: Treatments & Techniques

Our experts discuss how men can prolong intimacy using clinically proven treatments and by implementing certain techniques before and during intercourse.

Updated: Wednesday 03 January 2024

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Premature ejaculation is defined as regularly climaxing within 1 minute of sexual activity.[1] While there isn’t a single best way to last longer in bed, it is possible to delay climax by using a combination of premature ejaculation treatments and techniques.

With this in mind, our experts have decided to share in-depth information on how various treatments for premature ejaculation work and what techniques can be used to delay male ejaculation and increase average sexual endurance.

Treatments to last longer in bed

Priligy (oral medicine to last longer in bed)

Priligy is an oral treatment for premature ejaculation that contains the active ingredient Dapoxetine Hydrochloride. This compound moderates the reuptake of a neurochemical called serotonin by nerve cells in the body, leaving more serotonin in the brain, leading to a delay in the reflex that triggers ejaculation.[2]

Priligy helps with preventing secondary premature ejaculation, which can occur due to physical factors like drinking alcohol excessively as well as psychological factors like performance anxiety. This differs from primary premature ejaculation which is thought to be caused solely by psychological factors.

Recommended reading: How Does Priligy Work?

STUD 100 (topical spray for lasting longer in bed)

STUD 100 is a climax delay spray for men that contains an anaesthetic to reduce sensitivity in the penis before sexual activity. The STUD 100 spray helps with lasting longer in bed provided that 3 to 8 sprays of the treatment are applied to the penis approximately 5 to 15 minutes before sexual activity.

Specialised condoms

Specialised condoms can help increase ejaculation time by reducing the sensitivity of the penis during sexual activity. For instance, Durex Extra Safe condoms are made using slightly thicker rubber latex and feature extra lubricant in comparison to other condoms. These features can help reduce the intensity of sensations felt during sex, prolonging ejaculation.

It might also be worth considering condoms that contain a mild topical anaesthetic in the lubricant such as Durex Extended Pleasure condoms. These condoms can help men last longer during sex by helping to reduce the sensitivity of the penis during intercourse.

Techniques for longer-lasting sex

Precoital tips to last longer in bed

Kegel exercises

Kegel exercises can be used to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which relax and contract during ejaculation.[3] These exercises can be completed by tightening the pelvic floor muscles for 5 to 10 seconds before releasing for 5 to 10 seconds and repeating the process.

The easiest way to identify the pelvic floor muscles is to think of them as the muscles used by the body to stop urination midstream. Kegel exercises to strengthen these muscles can be done sitting or lying down and may improve control over the ejaculatory reflex over time.

Recommended reading: How to stop premature ejaculation

Controlled masturbation

Controlled masturbation (colloquially known as ‘edging’) can potentially help increase sexual stamina in men who ejaculate prematurely. It involves taking the time to understand how the body responds to sexual stimulation to feel more comfortable, which can reduce anxiety regarding sexual performance and potentially delay climax during sex.

Some studies suggest that controlled masturbation using techniques like penis-root masturbation can be used to delay climax as it can affect the degree of stimulation felt by the man before engaging in additional sexual activity.[4,5] There is also limited research to suggest that controlled masturbation can have the same effect as kegel exercises, strengthening the muscles responsible for controlling the ejaculatory reflex.

Nutritional changes

Research on the impact of nutritional changes on premature ejaculation is ongoing. It is thought that certain nutritional changes can help support overall sexual health and potentially alleviate some of the symptoms of premature ejaculation.

For example, some studies suggest[6] that increasing the intake of magnesium-rich foods such as almonds, cashews and spinach can contribute to improved nerve functioning which might result in better control over ejaculation. With that said, it is not recommended to rely on nutritional changes as the sole way to prevent premature ejaculation given the limited amount of empirical evidence on this topic.

Controlling premature ejaculation during sex

Taking breaks

Taking a short break each time ejaculation is imminent can help with achieving better control over the ejaculatory reflex. Repeating this process can help build sexual stamina and control while also strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, reducing the probability of ejaculating prematurely over time.

Individuals who are especially sensitive to sexual stimulation may wish to consider stopping intercourse when taking breaks during sex for additional control over the ejaculatory reflex.

Avoiding overstimulating positions

Sex positions that allow for deeper penetration can potentially overstimulate the penis, resulting in premature ejaculation. It might be worth avoiding these types of positions until the frequency of premature ejaculation is reduced through improved control.

Improving partner communication

Partner communication plays a vital role in helping to overcome issues that may hinder normal sexual functioning.[7] Discussing premature ejaculation with a partner and the reasons why it might be occurring can help destigmatise the condition and reduce anxiety during intercourse. This can subsequently reduce the probability of experiencing premature ejaculation.

Distracting the mind

Research[8] shows that sexual behaviour is defined in both subjective and physiological terms, meaning it has both a physical and psychological element to it. Distracting the mind in the moments leading up to orgasm through methods like thinking non-sexual thoughts can reduce the level of stimulation experienced and potentially delay ejaculation.

Over time, mental distractions can help condition the body and mind for better control over the ejaculatory reflex.

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Kamran Bell

Written by: Kamran Bell

Pharmacist・GPHC Number 2231070

Kamran graduated with a four-year master's degree in pharmacy from Aston University in 2021. He completed a pre-registration year at a community pharmacy before working there for a further year. At Pharmica, Kamran provides expert patient advice and addresses clinical questions to ensure the health and well-being of our patients.

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