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What’s the best place to start when treating premature ejaculation?

One of the simplest ways to address premature ejaculation is through solo sex an hour or so before sex with a partner. Other options include numbing creams and sprays that contain ingredients like lidocaine that dull sensation. Wearing a regular or sensitivity reducing condom is an option, but can be problematic for couples who are trying to conceive.

It’s important to note that if you use a numbing cream or spray, you have to give it a few minutes to take effect, and then use a tissue to wipe away any excess before commencing sexual activity. If you don’t get rid of any excess cream or spray, the numbing agent can be transferred to your partner, which can disrupt their experience.

If the simple, over-the-counter methods of addressing premature ejaculation don’t work, it’s time to talk to a physician. You may or may not be a good candidate for a prescription drug like an SSRI or Viagra, and your doctor will need to understand your medical history to make the determination.

The concept of taking Viagra, or any drug designed to make erections stronger, as a way to address premature ejaculation may seem counterintuitive, but in some cases it works. If you’re unable to control problems with premature ejaculation through simpler methods, it may be worth discussing the possibility of taking prescription medications to address them.

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