What is Emla Cream?
Emla Cream is a local anaesthetic or numbing medication that contains lidocaine and prilocaine. Local anaesthetics are used to reduce sensation in the penis to delay ejaculation.
How does Emla Cream work?
Emla cream contains two active ingredients: prilocaine and lidocaine, which are both local anaesthetics. They are used to numb areas that would otherwise feel pain.
Sensitivity is caused by the stimulation of the pain receptors at the end of the nerves. The stimulation causes the entry of sodium to the nerve ending, causing an electric signal to build up in the nerve, which when big enough, will be passed along the nerves to the brain.
Lidocaine and prilocaine temporarily block the pathway of the pain signals along the nerves by stopping the entry of sodium in the nerve endings at the site. This prevents the build-up of an electric signal and the passing along nerve fibres to the brain.
When Emla cream is applied to the skin, the lidocaine and prilocaine prevent the signals from passing from that area to the brain. This means that sensitivity is decreased and when used on the penis, it can help a man to take longer to ejaculate.
Typically, a thick layer of the cream is applied to the area of the intact skin.
In adult male genital skin, apply a thick layer of cream to the penis 15 minutes before intercourse is planned. It’s very important that you ensure to wipe away the cream and dispose of it before beginning to have sex, as you should not still have any on the skin when you enter your partner.
The following are the side effects that are known to be associated with the use of Emla cream. Not everyone who will use the cream will experience the side effects.
Common side effects:
Redness, paleness or selling of the skin in the application site
Uncommon side effects:
Mild burning, itching, tingling or sensation of warmth at the application site, especially when the cream is applied to the genital area.
EMLA cream contains the active ingredients lidocaine and prilocaine, which belong to a group called local anaesthetics. Each gram of EMLA cream contains 25mg each of lidocaine and prilocaine.
The other ingredients of EMLA cream are macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate, Carbomer 974P, sodium hydroxide and purified water.