EMLA Cream, in the UK, is a commonly used anaesthetic cream which is applied directly to the skin for various reasons, such as before injections or minor surgical procedures. EMLA cream can also be used as a premature ejaculation cream. This is the online doctor page for premature ejaculation. If you would like to buy EMLA cream for another reason, visit our shop page.
EMLA Cream contains two active substances called lidocaine and prilocaine. EMLA acts as a local anaesthetic by numbing the surface of the skin for a short time. This reduces sensitivity in the area of skin that it’s applied to. When applied to the tip of the penis, this reduces sensitivity and can help to delay ejaculation in some men.
Our doctors prescribe Emla cream for premature ejaculation as ‘off-label’ use. ‘Off-label’ means the medicine is being used in a way that is different to how it’s described in the medical license of the product. You can read more information here.
How to use EMLA cream on the penis
When using EMLA cream for PE, you should apply the cream to your penis around 10 to 30 minutes before sex. Apply a small, pea-sized amount on the glans of the penis.
The cream can also cause vaginal numbness. To avoid this happening, wash the cream off your penis around 5 to 10 minutes before sex. It will still have a numbing effect for the penis but will be less likely to affect the vagina. Wearing a condom after applying the cream will also stop the cream affecting the vagina. However, it may increase the risk of the condom splitting.
Is Emla cream effective at delaying ejaculation?
Studies have shown that anaesthetic creams can be effective at increasing the time it takes to ejaculate during sex. As with any medicine, how well it works can differ for different people.
Who can use EMLA cream?
For premature ejaculation, men over the age of 18 are able to use it. It may not be suitable for some people such as men with a previous allergic reaction to any of the ingredients. EMLA cream should not be used by men who have a cut, rash, or wound on their penis. For further information see the patient information leaflet.
A common treatment used to delay ejaculation is Priligy. This medicine is taken as a tablet 60 minutes to 3 hours before sex to help men with premature ejaculation. It can help to delay ejaculation for up to 12 hours after a dose. To order it, or to read more about the medicine, see our Priligy page.
Non-drug treatments for premature ejaculation include psychological and behavioural therapy. This includes strategies like the ‘stop start technique’ or the squeeze technique. More information on both can be found on the NHS page for premature ejaculation. Check with your doctor or nurse for information on psychological therapy for PE.
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