Premature Ejaculation: What you need to know (Part 1)

Premature Ejaculation (PE) is a hot topic at this very moment in the UK. Now, what seems like a taboo subject is an everyday chat in all walks of life. As we are will be releasing a product to help with this, we wanted to answer your main questions with answers from our pharmacist, Scott. Enjoy our 2 part series.

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation (or PE) is the most common ejaculation problem. It is when a man ejaculates before penetration or too quickly after starting sex, on all or nearly all occasions. Although there is no scientific answer as to what is defined as ‘too quickly’, it is often defined as less than 2 minutes after starting sex. However, it is up to each couple to decide if they’re happy with the time taken.

What is the average time taken to ejaculate during intercourse?

The average time taken to ejaculate during intercourse is around five-and-a-half minutes. However it is up to each couple to decide if they’re happy with the time taken, there is no set answer.

Are there any non-medical solutions for PE?

There are a few things you can try yourself before seeking medical treatment:

Masturbate 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 boring.
Alternatively, try couples therapy.

How does alcohol affect PE?

If Priligy is taken after drinking alcohol it can increase feelings of dizziness, drowsiness and slow reactions. Therefore it is not recommended to take Priligy and drink alcohol together, as it can increase the risk of fainting.

What is Priligy?

Priligy is the only licensed tablet in the UK to treat PE.

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Where is your Priligy manufactured?

It’s manufactured in Italy & Germany.

How does Priligy work?

Priligy can increase the time a man can last by 2-3x. Dapoxetine is the active ingredient in Priligy and it belongs to the family of medicines called SSRI’s (This stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). These work by increasing the activity of serotonin in the body’s nervous system, selectively inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin by the neural cells.

This action stops the ejaculation expulsion reflex from reaching the brain too quickly, increasing the time it takes to ejaculate and improving control over the ejaculation. The tablet should be taken 1-3 hours before sexual activity to help you last longer.

Are Priligy tablets effective?

Priligy can increase the time a man can last by 2-3x. Around 80% of men taking Priligy see an improvement in the time it takes them to reach ejaculation. The results are slightly higher with the 60mg strength but there is also a higher chance of side effects with this dose. You should only use Priligy 60mg after you have found Priligy 30mg ineffective with few side effects.

Do Priligy tablets numb the penis?

Priligy does not numb the penis. This means that you gain greater control over ejaculating too early, without losing the sensation in your penis.



Scott McDougall (MPharm) is a clinical pharmacist and in addition to being Cornerstone’s senior in-house pharmacist, is the co-founder of The Independent Pharmacy, one of the UK’s leading independent online pharmacies.

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