Have you heard of maca? 

It’s a plant that comes from the high Andes mountains in Peru, and it belongs to the same family as vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale. The root of the plant is used for both food and medicine, and it’s believed to have some pretty impressive sexual health benefits. 

For example, people use it to boost their energy, improve male fertility, and increase libido. It’s a tough plant that can grow in harsh conditions, like high altitudes and poor soil. In fact, it’s been used by indigenous people in South America for centuries as a natural way to promote good health.

These days, you can find maca in supplement form, and it’s often marketed as a natural alternative to Viagra. Although it helps you improve your libido and sex drive, does it help you last longer in bed? Well, in this article, we’ll dive into if Maca can help with premature ejaculation (PE).

What Exactly is Maca Root Extract?

The maca plant is known scientifically as Lepidium Meyenii and is sometimes called “Peruvian ginseng.” You can find it in powder or capsule form, and people use it for a variety of things, like boosting energy, improving fertility, and easing menopause symptoms.

Maca root is well-known for increasing blood flow and energy levels. Some people also try to use it as a natural treatment for sexual problems, like PE.

What Is Premature Ejaculation?

Ejaculation refers to the ejection of semen from the body. This is controlled by the central nervous system, where sexual stimulation sends signals to the spinal cord and brain.

PE is defined as ejaculating within a minute of starting sexual activity or sexual penetration, or before the desired time by the participants. It can cause distress and relationship problems. 

There are two types of PE: acquired PE and lifelong PE.

Acquired PE occurs later in life and is often the result of physical or psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety, or the use of certain medications. Acquired PE can go away and may improve with time, lifestyle changes, or various treatments.

Lifelong premature ejaculation, also known as primary PE, is present from the first sexual encounter and tends to be a chronic issue. It is often the result of a combination of physical and psychological factors, and it may be more difficult to treat than acquired PE.

It is important to note that the timing of ejaculation is subjective and varies from person to person. What is considered premature for one couple may not be for another.

What Are The Causes Of Premature Ejaculation?

PE can have a variety of causes. Sometimes it’s down to mental or psychological causes, like being stressed out or having sexual performance anxiety. Other times, it’s caused by physical factors, like hormonal imbalances or nerve damage. And sometimes, it’s a combination of both.

For example:

  • Feeling anxious about how you’ll perform in bed.
  • Stress
  • Having other life events happening
  • If you’re feeling down in the dumps or depressed
  • Relationship issues like communication problems or not trusting your partner    
  • Feeling guilty or ashamed about sex
  • Cultural or religious beliefs about sex can impact your ejaculation.

For physical causes:

  • Things like hormone imbalances (like low testosterone levels)
  • Nerve damage
  • Certain medications, like antidepressants, can also cause the problem as a side effect.

Overall, there are a bunch of different things that can cause PE, and it’s different for everyone. If you’re dealing with this issue and it’s causing problems in your life or relationship, it’s worth chatting with a healthcare provider to see what might be going on and what can be done about it.

What is the Evidence for Maca as a Treatment for Premature Ejaculation?

There have been a few clinical studies that have investigated the effectiveness of Lepidium meyenii, maca for PE. However, the results of these studies have been mixed, and more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of maca root for this condition. We’ll review some of the findings in the next section.

Clinical studies on the effectiveness of Maca for PE

One small, randomized, double-blind clinical trial published in the journal Andrologia in 2015 examined the effects of maca on improving sexual function in men with mild erectile dysfunction.

The study found that treatment with maca resulted in a significant improvement in sexual function, including an increase in the time to ejaculation. However, the study was small and had several limitations, so the results should be interpreted cautiously.

Another study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2010, looked at the effects of maca on men’s sexual function. The study found that treatment with maca resulted in a significant improvement in sexual function, including an increase in sexual desire and a increase  in the time to ejaculation. However, this study was also small and had limitations, so the results should be interpreted cautiously.

In 2007, a study investigated the effects of Maca on male sexual behavior  by using rats. They found that maca had a small effect on male rat sexual behavior and sexual performance, but after taking Maca for 7 days, the rats took longer to ejaculate.

Limitations of existing research to improve sexual performance

There only have been few studies that have looked at whether maca can help with PE, the results have been mixed, thus we need more research to know for sure. When one study puts that it might help, another one finds that it doesn’t have much of an effect.  Overall, we just don’t have enough information to say whether or not maca is a good treatment for premature ejaculation.

It’s always a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider before taking any supplement, including maca, to treat premature ejaculation. They can help you figure out if it’s safe and appropriate for you, and whether there might be other treatments that would work better.

How to Use Maca for Premature Ejaculation

Listen, we know Maca root powder has many benefits if you have low sexual desire, but the studies done on it to treat PE lack clear evidence.

Considering this, if you want to give it a shot, we’ll discuss the dosage recommendations and precautions.

We always recommend you talk to a healthcare provider before taking new supplements, Also, if you are experiencing premature ejaculation, speak to a licensed doctor for professional medical advice.

Dosage recommendations

There isn’t a set recommended dosage for maca that’s been officially established. However, in studies on humans, people usually take 1500 to 3000 mg of maca daily for 6 to 16 weeks. This is usually taken with food.

Since different brands of maca powder and supplements contain different amounts, it’s a good idea to start with the recommended amount on the label. Then you can see how your body responds and adjust the dosage up or down as needed. It’s always a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement.

Potential side effects and precautions

Maca is generally considered safe and isn’t usually linked to health risks. Most people can take it without any problems, even in moderate doses.

In fact, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll experience any side effects from taking maca. That being said, everyone is different, and it’s always a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider before starting it.

Alternatives to Maca for PE or erectile dysfunction

There are several other methods you could try. Here’s a list of herbal remedies to possibly help you last longer. Some examples include:

Ashwagandha

This herb is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to improve sexual function, increase stamina, and sexual pleasure.

Ginkgo biloba

This herb is thought to improve sexual desire and blood flow, which may improve sexual function and potentially help with PE.

Epimedium (also known as horny goat weed)

This herb is thought to improve blood flow and increase levels of the hormone testosterone, which may potentially help with PE.

Damiana

This plant is sometimes used as a natural treatment for sexual dysfunction, including PE.

It’s important to note that just like Maca, the evidence for the effectiveness of these herbs as a way to control ejaculation and other male sexual dysfunction is limited and more research is needed. Perhaps reach out to your doctor for more traditional medicine to improve sexual performance.

So, Is Maca an Effective Treatment for Premature Ejaculation? A Review of the Evidence

Overall, it’s important to carefully weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of using Maca or any other supplement to boost sexual performance. The studies still do not show a clear result if maca root can treat PE.

It’s always a good idea to speak with a healthcare provider about your overall sexual health before taking any new supplement or herb to treat this medical condition.

Dr. Frehiwot Tekie

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