If you’ve ever searched for information about lasting longer in bed, you may have come across guides to a technique referred to as “edging.”
Edging involves practicing sexual stimulation, either through sex or masturbation, right up until the point just before orgasm. As you’re just about to reach orgasm (the “edge”), you slow down to regain your composure and take a break, then repeat the process.
Proponents of edging claim that it offers a range of benefits, including stronger orgasms and an increased ability to control when you ejaculate.
While there’s relatively little research available on edging, some research shows that techniques similar to edging may offer benefits for premature ejaculation and sexual performance.
Below, we’ve explained what edging is and how it works, as well as the potential benefits it may offer. We’ve also explained how you can use edging during masturbation or sex to delay orgasm and last for longer.
Finally, we’ve answered a few questions about edging and shared other science-based options to keep in mind if you’d like to increase your stamina in the bedroom.
Edging is a technique that involves sexual stimulation almost to the point of orgasm. When you approach the “edge,” or point or orgasm, the sexual stimulation is reduced, allowing you to get close to the edge without ever reaching climax.
You can practice edging yourself through masturbation, or during sexual intercourse by slowing down your movement as you approach orgasm.
While edging might seem like a modern invention, the reality is that it’s a variation of the stop-start technique -- an old-fashioned technique for preventing premature ejaculation.
Just like edging, the stop-start technique involves stimulating the penis until just before orgasm, then stopping until the urge to ejaculate gradually fades away.
A similar technique, known as the squeeze technique, has also been used to control orgasm and ejaculation. This technique involves stimulating the penis until just before orgasm, then putting pressure on the head of the penis to reduce arousal.
Edging during sex or masturbation offers several benefits, the biggest of which is being able to delay orgasm and have sex for longer. Benefits of edging include:
If you have premature ejaculation, techniques such as edging (and similar methods, such as the stop-start and squeeze methods) might allow you to have sex for a longer amount of time before you reach orgasm and ejaculate.
Research suggests that the stop-start and squeeze techniques are often effective at increasing sexual stamina in the short term.
This increase in sexual stamina may improve your sexual self-confidence and pleasure, making sex a more enjoyable experience for you and your partner.
Some men claim that edging results in more pleasurable sex or masturbation by making their eventual orasm more intense and pleasurable.
While there’s little research on this topic, delaying your orgasm through edging could make the experience more pleasurable. The psychological side of delaying your orgasm may also make the eventual moment more significant and special.
Since edging allows penetrative sex to last for longer, it may also increase sexual pleasure for your partner.
Although there’s no reputable research on this topic, some proponents of edging believe that it can improve the psychological side of orgasm control, giving you more control over yourself in bed.
If you usually reach orgasm and ejaculate quite quickly, a confidence boost provided by edging may have this effect. However, there isn’t yet any science to back this up.
Currently, there’s no research to show that edging, the stop-start technique or similar methods of delaying orgasm and improving sexual stamina are bad for your health.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s no proof that edging causes semen to “build up” inside your body or put pressure on your testes.
Orgasm and ejaculation is a complex, multiple-step process that involves multiple parts of your body including your nervous system, your cardiovascular system, and your reproductive system. Until you get to the point of no return, your reproductive system won’t actually supply any sperm or semen to your penis.
In the event that you don’t reach orgasm and ejaculate after edging during sex or masturbation, any unused sperm is simply absorbed by your body.
Performing edging is a simple process. The basics are the same whether you edge during sex or masturbation -- get close to the point of orgasm, then slow down to let yourself fully recover before you continue sex or masturbation.
Edging is easiest during masturbation. If you want to use edging during sex to last longer, it may be helpful to practice once or twice when you masturbate to get used to the feeling and work out when you need to stop stimulation before orgasm and ejaculation.
To perform edging during masturbation:
If you want to, you can also use the stop-start or squeeze methods while edging. Doing this may help you to control your orgasm and avoid ejaculating too early.
Edging during sex is more or less the same as edging during masturbation. Make sure that you let your partner know that you’re going to edge before you start having sex. This way, they’ll be able to slow down at the same time as you and help you avoid orgasm and ejaculation.
To perform edging during sex:
If you’re edging for the first time and want to have as much control over the process as possible, try to have slow sex. This way, you’ll be able to slow down and stop more easily as you begin to approach orgasm.
It is important to discuss things with your partner before engaging in sexual intercourse and ensure you’re on the same page about edging. Make sure you both agree on how long you’re willing to go so that neither of you are frustrated or unfulfilled in the process.
To make things more interesting, you and your partner can change positions, speed things up or slow things down every time you approach the edge and take a break.
You can repeat the process above as many times as you like until you feel ready to orgasm and ejaculate.
Edging is a good way to improve your sexual performance and last longer in bed, especially if you’re prone to reaching orgasm and ejaculating relatively quickly.
However, it’s certainly not the only option available for increasing your sexual stamina. If you’d like to last longer in bed, you may also want to try the following treatment options:
Edging is a safe, simple and relatively effective way to increase your sexual stamina and avoid reaching orgasm too early.
Although some of the claims made about edging on forums and other communities may not be fully supported by science, there’s little to prove that edging is dangerous or bad for your sexual health in any way.
If you’d like to try edging with your partner, make sure to let them know before. This way, you’ll be able to work together to help you avoid reaching orgasm too quickly and make your sexual experience as enjoyable as possible.