Behavioral therapy – Some patients respond to techniques such as starting and stopping. Although effective at times, most patients report limited sexual satisfaction with these methods. There are several other options available for treating the condition.
- Topical medications – Topical anesthetic medications are typically the first treatment option for premature ejaculation. They are effective, easy-to-use, low-cost and have a negligible risk of systemic side effects.
- One option for patients is a new product, Promescent®, from Absorption Pharmaceuticals, which provides improved ejaculatory latency (the time from penetration to ejaculation) with minimal loss of sexual sensation.
- Oral medications – Some men respond well to low doses of the antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These are prescribed off-label, with some side effects.