Are There Premature Ejaculation Treatments That Don't Require a Prescription?

Dr. Laurence Levine
Expert in male sexual health, leading Urologist in USA Dr. Laurence Levine
Last updated 12/06/2023
Treating premature ejaculation without a prescription

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I recently saw a Facebook advertisement for a company hawking prescription medications for premature ejaculation. I don't want to take a daily prescription medication, especially antidepressants, for the rest of my life.

There are too many side effects with these medications and I'm only having intercourse a couple times a month.

Are there treatments available for premature ejaculation that do not require a prescription?

Yes, there are treatments out there for premature ejaculation that don't require a prescription.

If you're looking for help with premature ejaculation, it helps to know which treatments are available and how effective they can be.

Here's a quick rundown of PE treatments:

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Physical Exercises


In some cases, strengthening your pelvic muscles can help you maintain better control during sex.

The most common is the kegel exercise, which has you squeeze your pelvic floor muscle for about three seconds, then release and repeat a few times.

If you're not sure which muscle we're referring to, try stopping your urination mid-stream next time you use the bathroom.

That's your pelvic muscle.


Edging is another popular exercise for men wanting to treat premature ejaculation.

It's an east exercise, however, does require a lot of self-control. Start by:

  1. Stimulate the penis as you would normally
  2. Pull back when you get close to orgasm and stop all stimulation
  3. Repeat over and over again

Learn more: Edging Technique For Premature Ejaculation: 5 Simple Steps

Topical Treatments

Research suggests that individuals who experience early ejaculation regularly have hypersensitive penises. So, applying a topical anesthetic can help delay ejaculation.

This treatment can be easy to master for most, and is one of the quickest ways to prolong ejaculation as it is an on-demand solution.

An example of this treatment is Promescent Desensitizing Spray, which does not require a prescription.

Learn more: Premature Ejaculation Spray 101: Types, Efficacy And More

A Note About Oral Medication

If you don't want to talk to your doctor, you may be tempted to buy over-the-counter pills. Unfortunately, most of them have no proven effects, so at best, you could simply be taking a placebo.

Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications that address this problem specifically, although evidence shows that antidepressants can mitigate early ejaculation.

If you decide to get a prescription and to ensure that your treatment is safe, it's best to get a prescription directly from your healthcare provider.


Since premature ejaculation is thought to affect 1 in 3 men, there is a large market for treatment options.

While some may require a prescription, most don't. You should be mindful of which treatment option will work best for you and seek professional help if the problem persists.

Topical sprays and various exercises, in combination, have been shown to dramatically increase sexual stamina in men that report wanting to last longer.


The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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