A highly tuned and sensitive nervous system is designed to facilitate Premature Ejaculation.
The nervous system is comprised of two primary systems; central and peripheral. The central nervous system includes of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system (while connected to the brain) is responsible for reaching out to ‘everything else’. The nervous system serves many purposes, the least of which is interpreting sensory data in real time. This is facilitated by the use of electrical impulses sent to and from different areas of the body. Your nervous system is akin to a military command post that provides all the tactical data to all other areas of your body.
The peripheral nervous system is comprised of smaller systems; they are known as the somatic and autonomic systems; (the autonomic can then be further broken down into the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems). These last two systems are going to be the source of our focus due to their important roles in the sexual process.
Sympathetic and Parasympathetic
The sympathetic nervous system is involved in what is referred to as the “fight or flight response”, which determines your reactions to potentially harmful stimuli. Stress seems to be the biggest trigger for the sympathetic system. The function of this response is to prepare you for potential conflict or action. The stress can vary in type and amount; in short, sometimes it is good (sex, surprise birthday), sometimes it is bad (combat, fear).
The sympathetic nervous system can produce any of the following effects:
Increased breathing rate / lung function
Increases blood supply / circulation to the skeletal muscles (preparing for action)
Muscles become tense, the PC muscles in particular (during sex)
Limits blood flow in particular areas
Can trigger the emission (during ejaculation)
There is no ‘on or off’ switch for this system. It contains many levels, in which stress is used as a gauge for activating those different levels. When dealing with the bad situations / stimuli, it would max out in the event that a life threatening emergency was detected. In the case of positive stimuli, orgasm and ejaculation would be triggered.
The parasympathetic system works in exactly the opposite manner to the sympathetic system. So in short; sympathetic = ‘fight or flight’, and parasympathetic = ‘rest and digest’. If I could only pick one word to describe the parasympathetic system it would be ‘relaxation’. When you aren’t experiencing stress and your minds totally at ease your parasympathetic system should be in full control.
Effects of the parasympathetic nervous system include:
Decreasing rate of pulse
Mind / body relaxation
Aid in digestion
Selective blood vessel dilation
When operating at its highest level the parasympathetic system can maintain a deep state of relaxation, such as focused meditation. For most of the body’s functions, the two systems work in relation to one another; meaning, they are not both active simultaneously. The only time when they both become active is when sexual activity is being performed.
The parasympathetic system is most active system when the arousal-sexual process begins, and it’s chiefly responsible for allowing erections to occur. As things begin to heat up, the sympathetic system begins to increase breathing and blood flow; it essentially overtakes the function of the parasympathetic system at this point. Once you have reached the point of orgasm, the sympathetic system is fully engaged.
Here’s how it works…
1. You are relaxed and Parasympathetic system is dominant. Erection is caused by physical stimulation.
2. Signals are sent to the brain telling it that stimulation is happening in the genital area.
3. Once your brain interprets the stimuli as sexual in nature further changes are implemented.
4. The sympathetic system slowly begins to take over; taking the torch from the parasympathetic system. Pulse and respiratory function increases.
5. Eventually things reach a point where the sympathetic system sends the order to prepare for ejaculation.
6. Ejaculation and orgasm occur as a result of directions from the sympathetic nervous system.
The roles played by these 2 systems should be pretty clear by now.
As a general rule, the longer you maintain control of the parasympathetic system, the longer you will last in the bedroom. And of course, the quicker you reach the point of complete sympathetic control, you’ll be very close to ejaculation.
If you want to control your sexual arousal and function, you need only learn how to manage the stimuli associated with the function of these 2 independent systems. Next – Arousal control techniques