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EMLA Cream: Your Frequently Asked Questions

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Within this article, we will be answering frequently asked questions about EMLA cream, establishing why it is such a popular treatment for premature ejaculation.

What is EMLA?

EMLA is a topical local anaesthetic cream that delays premature ejaculation. It contains the active ingredients Lidocaine and Prilocaine. This trusted product has been in the UK for over 20 years and has been certified by the UK medicines authority (MHRA).

What’s EMLA cream used for?

Being a local topical anaesthetic, EMLA is used to numb certain areas of the skin. It’s usually applied before medical needle or laser procedures like in tattoos and cosmetics. More recently, EMLA has gained in popularity through being a treatment for premature ejaculation.

How Does EMLA Work?

EMLA works by numbing the treated area — making it less responsive to stimulation. It’s two active ingredients prevent nerve signals from the treated area from reaching the brain. In terms of premature ejaculation, EMLA numbs the sensitive part of the penis so you last longer in bed.

How long does EMLA last for?

Premature ejaculation is a common problem in men who cannot control or delay ejaculation within the first two minutes of sexual intercourse. Premature ejaculation is caused by several psychological and physical factors including stress, guilt, anxiety, excitement, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

As treatment for premature ejaculation, several clinical studies suggest that EMLA is an effective alternative. According to this particular study published by St James University Hospital in Leeds, EMLA can increase Intravaginal Ejaculation Latency Time by up to six times with negligible side effects. EMLA cream itself can last on the skin for one to five hours.

How To Use EMLA Cream

Using EMLA is easy. Just apply a pea-size amount of the cream to the head of the penis about 30 minutes before intercourse. Remember that EMLA cream is formulated as an oil in water emulsion which may cause condoms to weaken. Make sure to wipe off the cream before continuing intercourse.

Is EMLA cream dangerous?

Like all medicines, EMLA also has its own share of side effects. These include:

  • Slight puffiness on the affected area
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Paleness or redness of the skin

These side effects are normal and go away on their own.

Although rare, EMLA may also have some serious side effects like bruising on the skin, increase in blood sugar levels, fatigue, increased levels of methemoglobin in the blood, and dizziness.

It’s also possible to develop an allergic reaction to EMLA. Stop using the treatment if you experience swelling (lips, tongue, face, and throat), hives, and difficulty breathing.

Can I buy EMLA cream over the counter?

Yes. You can buy EMLA cream without any prescription. Express Pharmacy stocks EMLA cream that you can order safely and discreetly online.