Men who are currently having issues with their marriage due to premature ejaculation can now smile as scientists from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City have recently found a special wipe to treat the disease.
The special “wipes” surrounded with a mild anesthetic called benzocaine appear to help reduce premature ejaculation, the study found.
The condition occurs when a man ejaculates sooner during sexual intercourse than he or his partner would like. Premature ejaculation is a common sexual challenge.
Premature ejaculation is the most common form of male sexual dysfunction, affecting about one in three men aged 18 to 59, according to the American Urological Association (AUA).
Adding that currently, most drug treatments for the disease in the world are limited to creams or sprays.
Explaining further on what premature ejaculation is, Dr David Samadi, a chief urologist at the hospital said it means ejaculating in less than 2 minutes after penetration.
He also noted that while benzocaine and other anesthetics have been used before to treat the condition, their use in a bedside wipe is new.
“Premature ejaculation can break up relationships and have a profound effect on people’s lives,” says David Edwards, a GP in Chipping Norton and president of the British Society of Sexual Medicine (BSSM).
According to findings on ResearchGate, the prevalence of premature ejaculation among sexually active men in Nigeria is over 71 percent, majority of them seek for help from spiritual leaders, hospitals, chemist shops and traditional leaders.
The new study funded by the wipes’ maker, Veru Healthcare included 21 men with premature ejaculation who were in monogamous heterosexual relationships.
Fifteen used the wipes, which contain 4 percent benzocaine, while six others received a placebo wipe with no anesthetic.
After two months, the men in the treatment group showed significant improvement in premature ejaculation compared to those in the placebo group, said a team led by Dr Ridwan Shabsigh, who specializes in men’s sexual health in New York City.
“This study is encouraging in demonstrating a new and innovative way to reduce the symptoms of the condition,” AUA spokesman Dr Tobias Kohler said in a meeting news release.
“Premature ejaculation can cause a variety of issues related to negative feelings and emotions that can lead to problems with sexual relationships. This data shows topical 4 percent benzocaine wipes is a promising therapy to treat the most common form of sexual dysfunction among men,” he said.
Kohler is associate professor and residency program director at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
But Samadi brought up one potential downside: benzocaine’s effect on the man’s sex partner.
“The study has not mentioned a common problem of using topical anesthetics, which is absence of an orgasm in the female partner,” Samadi said. “Topical anesthetics can be absorbed through the vaginal wall and reduce the partner sensation if a condom is not used.”
Dr. Harris Nagler, a urologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Centre in New Hyde Park, N.Y, reviewed the study and agreed that the wipes are a “novel technique for application of topical anesthetic to decrease penile sensitivity and premature ejaculation.”
But he added that the study was small and was also too vague about a number of factors, such as a “lack of consistency of measurement of time to ejaculation.”
And Nagler said topical anesthetics won’t help every man battling premature ejaculation.
That’s because the treatment has “also resulted in erectile dysfunction in some men due to penile numbness, and vaginal insensitivity — affecting partner satisfaction,” Nagler said.
“However, it is reasonable to assume that there would be men who would benefit by this novel approach,” he said.