Vitamin E: Does It Help With Premature Ejaculation?

Dr. Wayne Hellstrom
Board Certified Professor of Urology Dr. Wayne Hellstrom
Last updated 09/14/2022
Vitamin E for premature ejaculation

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I am a 29 year old male and I frequently ejaculate earlier than I would like to, sometimes even before actual sex begins. I live a relatively healthy lifestyle and take a multi-vitamin with Vitamin E.

While looking for things to do to improve my bedroom performance, some articles mentioned that Vitamin E can be a natural way to last longer in bed in higher doses.

Will taking Vitamin E for premature ejaculation actually work, or is it just a trumped-up claim?

Vitamin E has been theorized as something that may help with premature ejaculation, even though the research into the idea is limited.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 35 subjects were given either 1000-IU vitamin E or a placebo for 28 days.

No major differences in sexual behavior were reported.

Of note, a recent study suggests that higher doses of vitamin E (2800mg daily) can increase the risk of venous thrombosis.

What we do know is that vitamin E performs as an antioxidant when introduced to the body. And vitamin E may also be good for encouraging blood flow.

Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, which are common byproducts and enzymes that can show up when we digest food. If you have an abundance of free radicals in your body, it can affect the quality and strength of muscles throughout the body, including in the pelvic region.

Because your pelvic muscles do help with ejaculation control, you could say that good vitamin E intake may help with premature ejaculation over the long term, even though specific research into the idea is lacking.

Free radicals are also thought to play a role in poor fertility in men due to oxidative stress, and blood flow is obviously important to maintain an erection.

Alternatives to Vitamin E for Premature Ejaculation

There are plenty of proven ways to treat premature ejaculation that have clinical information to support their efficacy.

Some include:

  • Delay sprays like Promescent and other topical desensitizers
  • Some exercises like; Kegels, edging, and the squeeze technique
  • Prescription-only oral medication

Learn more: Last Longer In Bed (Ultimate Guide)

Takeaways

While vitamin E may help with some level of male sexual function and sperm production, the vitamin may not necessarily help with premature ejaculation alone, at least not in any immediate or direct way.

You can try using a desensitizing spray for men or an alternative exercise to see better results.

 

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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