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The (Too) Fast Lane

Breaking the Pattern

Alternative Solutions

Not surprisingly, the internet is full of quick-fix products with promising names (such as Super Power and Stud 100) designed to be sprayed or rubbed on the penis to slow down ejaculation. Pryor urges caution in using any products that don't have scientific research to back them up.

But he says there may be something to a Velcro-type device called a testicular restraint, sold through mail-order erotic magazines. The idea is to restrain the testicles from their natural tendency to move during sex, which helps some men delay ejaculation. "You [would probably] have a hard time hurting yourself with this," he says. "It's probably one of the safer things to try."

A Little Sympathy

An understanding partner can lessen the trauma, too, since thinking about the last episode of too-fast sex might make a guy anxious yet again, and fostering a vicious cycle.

Ann, the disappointed date, made the best of the situation. "I didn't want to make a big deal out of it," she says of the long-ago night. "I hugged him. And he thanked me for being so nice to him about it."

Kathleen Doheny is a Los Angeles health journalist and a regular contributor to WebMD. Her work also appears in The Los Angeles Times, Shape, and Modern Maturity magazines.

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