A prospective randomized study to compare pelvic floor rehabilitation and dapoxetine for treatment of lifelong premature ejaculation

Int J Androl. 2012 Aug;35(4):528-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2605.2011.01243.x. Epub 2012 Feb 9.


Premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common male sexual disorder. We compared pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation to on-demand treatment with the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor dapoxetine in 40 men with lifelong PE (baseline intra-vaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT) ≤1 min). Subjects were randomized into the following two treatment groups: (1) PFM rehabilitation or (2) 30 or 60 mg of on-demand dapoxetine. Total treatment time for both groups was 12 weeks, at the end of which, IELT mean values were calculated to compare the effectiveness of the two different therapeutic approaches. At the end of treatment, 11 of the 19 patients (57%) treated with rehabilitation were able to control the ejaculation reflex, with a mean IELT of 126.6 sec (range: 123.6-152.4 sec). In the dapoxetine group, after 12 weeks of therapy, 5 of 8 (62.5%) patients in the 30 mg subgroup and five of seven (72%) in the 60 mg subgroup had an IELT >180 sec (mean: 178.2 and 202.8 sec, respectively). The results obtained in the group treated with pelvic floor rehabilitation are promising, and this treatment represents an important cost reduction if compared to dapoxetine on-demand treatment. The present study confirms the data that are previously available in the literature on the efficacy and safety of the new inhibitor of serotonin reuptake, dapoxetine, as well as proposes and evaluates a new type of physical treatment that may be a viable therapeutic option for treatment of PE.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Benzylamines / therapeutic use*
  • Ejaculation / drug effects
  • Ejaculation / physiology
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Naphthalenes / therapeutic use*
  • Pelvic Floor / physiology*
  • Premature Ejaculation / drug therapy*
  • Premature Ejaculation / rehabilitation*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Benzylamines
  • Naphthalenes
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
  • dapoxetine