PC Muscles and Premature Ejaculation

What are PC Muscles?

The PC muscles (pubococcygeal muscles) are a series of muscles situated between your pubic bone and coccyx. In simpler term, it’s the muscles that sit between your anus and your testicles.

They are used, among other things, to controls urine flow when you urinate. If you try to stop peeing once it stated, that’s your PC muscles at work. If you have difficulties stopping your urination, it’s because your PC muscles aren’t strong enough.

Kegel Exercises

Besides urination, PC muscles are also solicited during childbirth. And by solicited, we mean incredibly forced. Thus, some women suffer from urinary stress incontinence (SUI) after giving birth.

A gynecologist name Arnold Kegel developed some exercises to help women who suffer from post-childbirth SUI. The Kegel exercises are a form of training to strengthen your PC muscles. It consists of the voluntary tension of the pelvic muscles.

What is the link between PC Muscles and Premature Ejaculation?

But what’s the link between PC muscles and premature ejaculation? During orgasm, those muscles contract. By doing so, they play a role in ejaculation and facilitate the sperm emission. Since PC muscles contractions are one of the signs of ejaculation readiness, keeping them relax could potentially delay ejaculation. One sex therapist specialized in premature ejaculation treatment suggested that premature ejaculators should learn to relax those muscles to gain a better ejaculation control. This therapist, Micheal E. Metz, developed a new type of exercise to gain better control over our PC muscles.

Reverse Kegel – Metz’s Exercises

Sometimes referred as “reverse kegel,” Metz’s exercises goal are to develop better control of your PC muscles. However, since those muscles aren’t naturally contracted/relaxed consciously, you first need to train them.

You can do so by contracting your PC muscles for 3 seconds and then relaxing it for another 3 seconds. In one of his book, Metz advice to start by doing series of 10 contraction/relaxation three times a day. When you have a good control of your PC muscles, you’ll need to control the level of contraction of your muscles. You need to be able to pass from a level of 0/10 (completely relax) to 5/10 (mid-contracted) to 10/10 (fully contracted) easily. If this is easy for you, you should be able to control your PC muscle contraction/relaxation level while you have sex. The more relaxed it is, the easier your ejaculation control should be.

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Philippe Côté-Léger is the founder of Premature Ejaculation Help, an informative website and blog about Premature Ejaculation. His goal is to help couple around the world to overcome their sexual difficulties and enjoy a thriving sex life.

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