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Friday, March 07, 2008

bring on the men!

now that the word's out about how yoga can improve men's performance in bed, maybe there'll finally be a better male-to-female ratio in the yoga classes i've been going to. it's about time! :)

here's a post i found on the that's fit website:

Yoga may help men last longer in bed
Posted: Mar 5th 2008 9:57PM by Chris Sparling

Thanks to the breathing and pelvic-strengthening techniques of yoga, many couples may be able to put some of their bedroom troubles behind them.

According to a study out of India, and published in a recent issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, men who practiced yoga on a regular basis had less instances of premature ejaculation.

Following a group of men, all of whom admitted to regularly having premature ejaculations during intercourse, researchers found that practicing an hour of yoga each day for 12 weeks helped them triple the time they normally lasted in bed. This exceeds the effects created by medications designed to help with this particular issue.

Sting was unavailable for comment.

and being the science geek i am, i found an abstract of the research findings. here it is:

The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Volume 4 Issue 6 Page 1726-1732, November 2007

Yoga in Premature Ejaculation: A Comparative Trial with Fluoxetine

Vikas Dhikav, MD, Girish Karmarkar, MBBS, MD, Mallika Gupta, MBBS, Kuljeet Singh Anand, DM

Introduction. Yoga is a popular form of complementary and alternative treatment. It is practiced both in developing and developed countries. Use of yoga for various bodily ailments is recommended in ancient ayvurvedic (ayus = life, veda = knowledge) texts and is being increasingly investigated scientifically. Many patients and yoga protagonists claim that it is useful in sexual disorders. We are interested in knowing if it works for patients with premature ejaculation (PE) and in comparing its efficacy with fluoxetine, a known treatment option for PE.

Aim. To know if yoga could be tried as a treatment option in PE and to compare it with fluoxetine.

Methods. A total of 68 patients (38 yoga group; 30 fluoxetine group) attending the outpatient department of psychiatry of a tertiary care hospital were enrolled in the present study. Both subjective and objective assessment tools were administered to evaluate the efficacy of the yoga and fluoxetine in PE. Three patients dropped out of the study citing their inability to cope up with the yoga schedule as the reason.

Main Outcome Measure. Intravaginal ejaculatory latencies in yoga group and fluoxetine control groups.

Results. We found that all 38 patients (25–65.7% = good, 13–34.2% = fair) belonging to yoga and 25 out of 30 of the fluoxetine group (82.3%) had statistically significant improvement in PE.

Conclusions. Yoga appears to be a feasible, safe, effective and acceptable nonpharmacological option for PE. More studies involving larger patients could be carried out to establish its utility in this condition.

Vikas Dhikav MD, Girish Karmarkar MBBS, MD, Mallika Gupta MBBS, Kuljeet Singh Anand DM (2007) Yoga in Premature Ejaculation: A Comparative Trial with Fluoxetine
The Journal of Sexual Medicine 4 (6) , 1726–1732 doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2007.00603.x