Priligy is a medication used for the treatment of premature ejaculation in adult men aged between 18 to 64. It contains the active ingredient dapoxetine which is part of a group of medicines called ‘selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors’ (SSRIs). Priligy increases the time it takes to ejaculate and improving the control of the ejaculation, helping to reduce the frustration and anxiety that can be caused.
Premature ejaculation is when a man ejaculates with minimal sexual stimulation and before he wants to, resulting in emotional issues for the man and could lead to problems in sexual relationships. It is the most common male sexual dysfunction with more than one in five men being affected. Age is not a factor as it can happen to men at any age and often makes them uncomfortable to speak to their doctor about. My Chemist Plus can offer a safe and reliable treatment for premature ejaculation.
Priligy works by increasing the level of serotonin in the nervous system which can lead to an increase in the duration of ejaculation. Using a medication like Priligy can give the individual an increase in the duration of sexual activity by 300% and more control over their ejaculation.
When using PRILIGY® you may experience an/a:
- increased sense of control over ejaculation
- increase in time to ejaculation
- increase in sexual satisfaction
- impression that your premature ejaculation has improved
- decrease in levels of distress associated with your premature ejaculation
Priligy can also result in an increase in sexual confidence and an improvement in the sexual assurance of your partner too. Some men experience the improvements upon the first use of Priligy whilst others may need to use the medication a few times before they see a difference.
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How to take Priligy
The recommended dose is
- 30mg – though your doctor may increase this to 60mg
- You should only take the dose 1 to 3 hours before sexual activity is anticipated.
Do not take this medicine more than once every 24 hours or every day.
Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water to avoid a bitter taste and to lower the chance of fainting. The medicine can be taken with or without food.
You should avoid alcohol when taking Priligy.
This medicine is not suitable for use by men under 18 or over 65 years of age.
Premature ejaculation (PE) occurs when a man experiences orgasm and expels semen within a few moments of beginning sexual activity and with minimal stimulation. It is the most common ejaculation problem and whilst occasional episodes can happen, if a man begins to experience this for around half of the time during sexual intercourse it can begin to impact their emotional and sexual wellbeing. Although it may not be something they would like to discuss with their GP, it is advised to seek treatment to help improve the individual’s confidence and sexual relationships.
Causes of premature ejaculation
There are various psychological and physical factors that lead to a man suddenly experiencing premature ejaculation.
Common physical causes include:
- prostate problems
- thyroid problems – an overactive or underactive thyroid gland
- using recreational drugs
Common psychological causes include:
- relationship problems
- anxiety about sexual performance (particularly at the start of a new relationship, or when a man has had previous problems with sexual performance)
Although less common, it is possible for a man to have experienced premature ejaculation since becoming sexually active.
Factors and causes for this include:
- Conditioning –early sexual experiences could influence future sexual behaviour. For example, if a teenager conditions himself to ejaculate quickly to avoid being caught masturbating, it may later be difficult to break the habit
- A traumatic sexual experience from childhood – this can range from being caught masturbating to sexual abuse
- A strict upbringing and beliefs about sex
- Biological reasons – some men may find their penis is extra sensitive
Treating premature ejaculation
There a few things you can try before seeking medical help that may help improve the situation.
- Try masturbating for an hour or two before having sex
- use a thick condom to help decrease sensation
- take a deep breath to briefly shut down the ejaculatory reflex (an automatic reflex of the body during which ejaculation occurs)
- have sex with your partner on top (to allow them to pull away when you are close to ejaculating)
- take breaks during sex and think about something non- sexual to halt the activity
- Couples therapy
If you are in a long-term relationship, you may benefit from having couples’ therapy. During these sessions, the therapist will:
- encourage couples to explore any relationship issues they have, and give them advice about resolving them
- show the couple techniques that can help you “unlearn” the habit of premature ejaculation (the two most popular techniques are the “squeeze” and “stop-go” techniques)
The squeeze technique involves your partner masturbating you but stopping before the point of ejaculation and squeezing the head of the penis for around 10-20 seconds. They then release and wait for another 30 seconds before resuming masturbating. This process is repeated several times before ejaculation is reached.
The stop-go technique involves a similar method only this time your partner does not squeeze the penis. Once you feel more confident about delaying the ejaculation, you and your partner can begin sexual intercourse, stopping and starting where required.
Whilst simple in principle, these techniques do require a lot of practice.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are designed to treat depression, but they can also delay ejaculation. With SSRIs some men will experience an improvement as soon as treatment commences however it is usually within one or two weeks before the medication will take full effect.
Side effects of SSRIs are usually mild and should improve after two to three weeks.
Priligy is an SSRI specifically used for the treatment of premature ejaculation and has now been licenced in the UK with local NHS authorities able to prescribe this on the NHS.
It can be used when required and your doctor will usually advise that it istaken between one and three hours before sex, but not more than once a day.
Please note that Dapoxetine is not suitable for all men who suffer with premature ejaculation for instance it is not advised for some men with heart, kidney or liver problems. It can also interfere with other medications such as antidepressants.
To find out more about managing premature ejaculation please visit the following websites and organisations
The Sexual Advice Association
T 020 7486 7262
T 0300 100 1234
The Men’s Health Forum
T 020 7922 7908
PRILIGY® Patient Website