EMLA Cream

EMLA cream can help you last longer during sex by reducing how sensitive your penis is. EMLA cream contains 2 local anaesthetics that make it an effective treatment for premature ejaculation.

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How to use EMLA cream

To use EMLA cream, you apply up to 1 gram (1g) to the shaft and head of your penis around 20 to 30 minutes before you want to have sex.

As a quick reference guide, 1g of EMLA cream is about 3.5cm (an inch and a half) of cream squeezed out of a tube of EMLA cream. Remember to wash your hands after you apply EMLA cream to stop your hands and fingers from going numb.

EMLA cream can numb your partner’s genitals too, so wipe off any cream that has not been absorbed before you have sex. Wiping off extra cream will also help make it easier to put on a condom or apply any lubricant before sex.

You should not use EMLA on recently shaved skin.

What to do if you use too much EMLA cream

If you use too much EMLA cream, there’s a chance that the anaesthetics will be absorbed into your blood and cause side effects.

You may feel these side effects if you use too much EMLA cream:

  • dizziness
  • tingling sensation on your tongue or around your mouth
  • strange taste in your mouth
  • finding it difficult to see properly
  • ringing in your ears

Speak to a doctor if you get any of these side effects and tell them how much EMLA cream you used. If you have difficulty breathing, feel faint (due to low blood pressure) or experience seizures, call 999 immediately.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Article created: 04 Oct 2021

Last reviewed: 04 Oct 2019

(Reviews are for ZAVA UK)

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