Reducing Penile Sensation

Reducing the sensitivity of the penis can increase the time to ejaculation in men with premature ejaculation. Common techniques include the use of multiple condom and anaesthetic creams or anaesthetic sprays.

Anaesthetic treatments are applied directly to the head of the penis between 5 and 30 minutes before sexual intercourse. While they can be effective, anaesthetics can be messy and sometimes cause numbness of the penis or vagina which reduces pleasurable feelings during sex.


There are medications to treat premature ejaculation. These include:

  • Pills which you can take orally
  • Creams to numb the penis
  • Penile injection therapy

Your doctor can advise you if the medicine would be effective for you and monitor your progress while you are on treatment.

Medicine from sources other than a doctor or a licensed pharmacy should be viewed with suspicion. They may be an imitation product and present a significant risk to your health. Some imitation products may be branded closely to the original brand name or may be named suspiciously (e.g. penis pills, sex pills, PE pills). The World Health Organization defines counterfeit drugs as drugs that have “been deliberately and fraudulently mislabeled with respect to identity and/ or source”. Substance used to adulterate medicines can vary from chalk to antibiotics to highly lethal substance that cause mortality. These cheaper substances are used to mimic genuine drugs.

See your doctor for a treatment that suits your needs.

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