Prescription treatments to help you delay ejaculation
If you suffer from premature ejaculation, or feel that you ‘come’ too quickly, our doctors can suggest suitable treatments to help you last longer.
Take our free assessment and our doctors will advise you on which treatments are appropriate for you. Depending on your general health and preference, our doctor may approve a numbing cream or tablets.
Complete our free assessment and our doctors will let you know which of our products can help you.
There are several alternative treatments for premature ejaculation including:
Psychological counselling that may help when the premature ejaculation is caused by anxiety, distress or relationship problems;
Behavioural techniques such as the Masters and Johnson's 'stop-start' technique;
Topical creams from sex shops that may decrease the sensitivity of your penis.
If you would like to discuss your condition with one of our doctors, you can book a telephone consultation. Our doctors will be able to give you personalised advice on how to tackle premature ejaculation.
Priligy helps men who cannot naturally control their ejaculation and who normally ejaculate within less than 1-2 minutes to last longer during sex.
It doesn’t cure premature ejaculation, but it can treat it temporarily by boosting your serotonin levels. It is taken one to three hours before sex and it wears off an hour or two afterwards. Priligy’s active ingredient is dapoxetine.
EMLA Cream contains two local anaesthetics: lidocaine and prilocaine. It reduces the sense of feeling in the skin of the penis, which slows down ejaculation.
You apply a small amount of cream to the head of the penis 15-20 minutes before sex. Once you feel your penis has become numb, wash off any excess cream just before you have sex so that it does not numb the sensation for your partner.
Premature ejaculation is when a man cannot control or delay ejaculation. Ejaculation is usually considered to be premature if it occurs within the first 2 minutes of sex. It can be treated with psychological counselling and medical treatments, such as a serotonin boosting drug called Priligy and a local anaesthetic cream (EMLA) that temporarily numbs the sensation in the penis.
Doctors don’t completely understand the causes of premature ejaculation, but your serotonin level affects sleep, appetite and sexual desire. Premature ejaculation can occur when there is insufficient serotonin in your brain stem. Reasons for premature ejaculation are therefore thought to include: stress, guilt, depression, emotional distress, excessive excitement, performance-related (and other forms of) anxiety, relationship issues, along with physical causes such as: hypersensitivity of the skin of the penis, diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, prostate disease, and binge drinking.
Damage to nerves caused by multiple sclerosis can also cause premature ejaculation.
Premature ejaculation is more common in men aged 35 or younger than in older men, but it seems to occur in men who are dealing with a new relationship, a new experience, or a stressful situation in a relationship.
Emla cream and Priligy are not the only possible premature ejaculation treatments. If your premature ejaculation is caused by oversensitivity of the penis, you may find that a thicker condom helps you last longer. You can also buy condoms which are coated with a numbing gel on one side.
You can treat premature ejaculation by introducing behavioural changes and try techniques such as the start-stop technique, which involves pausing at regular intervals to prevent ejaculation. You can also experiment with more passive sexual positions to see whether you can prolong intercourse this way.
If your premature ejaculation is caused by anxiety, you might find counselling or therapy helpful. Your GP can tell you where to get help.