What is Lidocaine-Prilocaine cream used for?

How to combat premature ejaculation

Lidocaine-prilocaine is a widely used anesthetic commonly used in root canals or dental surgical procedures. The cream is regularly used to numb your gums before the dental procedure. It works by reducing the sensitivity after application to the skin.

Premature ejaculation occurs when your penis is too sensitive causing you to ejaculate earlier than desired. Lidocaine-Prilocaine Cream works by making your penis less sensitive, which is a simple and quick way of helping you last longer in the bedroom. The cream used for dentistry procedures vs for premature ejaculation differs in dosage. Compared to dental procedures, lidocaine that is prescribed for premature ejaculation is at a much lower dose. This ensures that along with numbing the penis, sex still remains pleasurable. It ensures that the penis is not completely numb but only reduced sensitivity is experienced during sex or foreplay.

How do I use Lidocaine-Prilocaine Cream?

The tip and glans is the most sensitive part of your penis. The cream is to be applied to this area. By making these areas less sensitive, you’ll feel more sensation in these areas and thus the likelihood of premature ejaculation is reduced. The cream contains an equal portion of lidocaine and prilocaine. A study from 2002 found that the average time for premature ejaculation increased by 8.7 minutes after using 5% Lidocaine-Prilocaine Cream. It should be used 20-45 minutes before the start of any sexual activity, however, the optimal time is application 30 minutes before sexual activity. 

What are the advantages?

The biggest advantage of Lidocaine-Prilocaine Cream is that it works for most men. It is an inexpensive cream you can get readily from most pharmacies with a doctor’s prescription. After application (preferably 30 minutes before sexual activity), there is a noticeable increase in pre-ejaculation time allowing for a more enjoyable time during intercourse. 

What are the disadvantages?

As a cream, it can get very messy. After application, you’ll have to wash your hands thoroughly and ensure you don’t accidentally apply the cream to other parts of your body. 20-30 minutes after application, it is important to wash away the cream as there is a risk of the cream affecting your partner. So make sure you have a bathroom nearby so you can easily wash it away. The cream causes a small decrease in sensitivity during sex, however, it is important to remember that the cream does not affect the quality of your orgasms or the overall pleasure you’ll experience during sex. 

Lidocaine-prilocaine is not the only option when it comes to lasting longer. There are a few other alternatives:

  • Lidocaine spray 
  • Climax control condoms 

How does Lidocaine spray work?

Lidocaine spray works in the same way as the cream - making your penis more sensitive to touch. It should be applied to the tip, glans of your penis along with the underside of the shaft. Lidocaine spray only contains lidocaine, unlike the Lidocaine-Prilocaine Cream. A study has shown that the spray works are as effective as the cream. It can help increase the time of sexual activity by 6 to 7 times longer. The spray is designed to be used 20-15 minutes before sex. 

How does the climax control condom work?

These condoms are available over the counter as work in a similar way to the cream and spray. The condoms contain either lidocaine, benzocaine which are numbing agents or are made of a thinker layer to latex which helps delay ejaculation. These condoms brands include Trojan Extended, Durex Performax Intense and Lifestyles Everlast Intense. 

Premature ejaculation can be embarrassing and reduce the pleasurability of sex for both you and your partner. However, worry not! There are multiple options out there to counteract this issue. To get a hold of the cream or spray make sure to book an appointment with your doctor and get a prescription, however, the condoms are readily available over the counter.

References:

"Premature ejaculation - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic", in Mayoclinic.org, , 2020, <https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premature-ejaculation/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354905> [accessed 19 February 2020].

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