EMLA Cream

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EMLA is an anaesthetic (numbing) cream that is applied directly to the penis prior to sex. It can lengthen the time between gaining an erection and ejaculating for men who suffer from premature ejaculation (PE).

About EMLA Cream


Making use of EMLA cream

Apply a small pea-sized amount of EMLA cream to the underside of the penis near the frenulum (commonly known as the ‘banjo string’ 15-30 minutes before having sex.

Wipe away any excess cream before intercourse to avoid it rubbing off on your partner, and apply more if you don’t feel it working (across a slightly wider area – not on a focused point). Exact instructions are provided in the information leaflet when you receive your treatment.

What exactly is EMLA cream?

Because EMLA Cream is oil-based, it has the potential to weaken latex condoms and increase the likelihood of them splitting. As a result, it is even more critical to take appropriate precautions to avoid pregnancy or transmission of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). You might want to consider investing in polyurethane condoms, which are not affected by EMLA.

How does EMLA work?

The active ingredients in EMLA cream are local anaesthetics prilocaine and lidocaine. This means that the cream lessens sensitivity in the area where it is applied. For some men, decreased sensitivity at the tip of the penis can cause ejaculation to be delayed.

Is EMLA really effective?

There is evidence that EMLA cream is effective in up to 77 percent of cases. It was found to significantly increase the time between gaining an erection and ejaculating in these studies.

Effects of EMLA

When applied to the skin, EMLA cream can cause redness, slight swelling, tingling, or turn the skin pale. It may occasionally cause mild burning or itching. Please read the manufacturer’s product information leaflet that comes with your medicine for a complete list of side effects.

See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and how to use it correctly. If you are concerned about any side effects, please contact us through your Patient Record.

Can I use EMLA?

Men over the age of 18 can use our service to request EMLA. However, if you have a G6PD deficiency or certain blood disorders, you will be ineligible for this treatment (such as methaemoglobinaemia). If you have an open wound on your penis, you should avoid using EMLA because it can irritate it.

Drug interactions with EMLA cream

If you have been prescribed EMLA cream after a thorough consultation, you should be able to use it with other medications. When completing your consultation questionnaire, please let us know which prescription, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can safely prescribe EMLA.

Treatment options for PE

Counselling or hypnotherapy may be beneficial to some men in exploring and treating psychological causes of PE. Others successfully manage their PE by employing behavioral techniques.

We can also give you Priligy, which affects how your brain receives information. This can result in a delayed reaction in the areas of the brain responsible for ejaculation, allowing you to last longer during sex.

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