Viagra, Cialis and Levitra for Premature Ejaculation

Can Viagra, Cialis and Levitra help you last longer in bed?

viagra, cialis and levitra for premature ejaculation
Viagra, Cialis Levitra are all drugs that are intended to treat erectile dysfunction. Still, they are often confused as an effective treatment for men with premature ejaculation. Can these drugs help you last longer in bed? Yes, but only if by lasting longer in bed you mean being able to have an erection firm and long enough for intercourse. Normally, Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are not prescribed for men who suffer from premature ejaculation.

So, what could be the source for this confusion? Well, it could be that people are simply confused about the differences between premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. It could also be related to some myths and misconceptions about how Viagra, Cialis Levitra work.

The purpose of this article is to resolve the confusion you might have about Viagra, Cialis and Levitra and erectile dysfunction.

What is the difference between premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction?

Premature ejaculation is a disorder in which a man ejaculates too early during sex. In more severe cases, ejaculation may happen even before penetration. Premature ejaculation can happen only occasionally for some men while for others, it happens every time they have intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction, on the other hand, is a condition in which a man has difficulty getting and/or keeping an erection, and is therefore unable to have sex.

Premature ejaculation is a common issue among men of all ages. According to a research study aimed at exploring types of sexual dysfunction in men published in the European Urology journal in 2010, as many as one-third of all men experience premature ejaculation at some time in their lives. According to the same study 5-20% of men have moderate to severe ED. Unlike PE, ED is more common in older men.

Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation can often co-occur, leading to the need to find a treatment that is suitable for both conditions.

*If you are not sure whether or not you have PE, try our online premature ejaculation diagnostic tool.

Do Viagra, Cialis or Levitra help with premature ejaculation?

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are typically not prescribed to men who experience premature ejaculation. Viagra, Cialis Levitra are the commercial names of sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil – drugs from the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5) family.

PDE5 drugs are intended for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. What drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra do is cause an increase in blood flow to the penis, which allows men with ED to get erect and maintain erections when they want to have sex. However, this increase in penile blood flow does not impact the ability to delay orgasm. Erections and orgasms are two separate processes that happen in the body.

It’s important to note that in some cases, erectile dysfunction can be caused by performance anxiety. This condition is called psychological erectile dysfunction. In other cases, performance anxiety can also be the cause for premature ejaculation.

Do you stay erect after ejaculation with Viagra, Cialis and Levitra?

This is a common myth. Although Viagra, Cialis and Levitra can help with getting an erection initially, the erection does not remain after ejaculating. Only in a small percentage of cases the penis remains erect even after ejaculation. Usually though, after ejaculation the penis become flaccid. These drugs could work to reduce the refractory period (the period of time in between ejaculation and the ability to get another erection again) for some men, but using this drug is no guarantee that an erection will occur again after ejaculation has happened.

When are Viagra, Cialis or Levitra prescribed for men with premature ejaculation

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra can be prescribed for men with premature ejaculation when it co-occurs with erectile dysfunction. Some studies were conducted to see if PDE5-Is drugs are effective for the treatment of premature ejaculation. This 2005 study that was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, for example, found that although the times until ejaculation “were not significantly improved, sildenafil (Viagra) increased confidence, the perception of ejaculatory control, and overall sexual satisfaction, and decreased the refractory time to achieve a second erection after ejaculation in men with PE.

With that said, these drugs should usually not be considered to be a solution for men with premature ejaculation. There are other effective solutions for premature ejaculation.

So, how do you treat premature ejaculation?

There are multiple treatment options available for men who are suffering from premature ejaculation. These include using antidepressant medications and pain-reducing medications that can be helpful for reducing premature ejaculation, topical anesthetic creams, sprays and gels that are designed to numb the skin of the penis and can be used as a premature ejaculation treatment, and behavior modification techniques geared toward training the mind to recognize the “point of no return” (where orgasm is imminent) and to edge away from that point once it is recognized.

You can learn more about treatment options for premature ejaculation, by reading the comprehensive article we wrote on this topic.

In summary

Premature ejaculation can have various causes and may be treated through a variety of means. However, drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra may not be an appropriate first-line treatment for most cases of PE even though they can sometimes be helpful for men who experience erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction can co-occur alongside premature ejaculation, but for men who experience only PE and do not have ED, drugs like Viagra may be of little to no help in improving their sexual performance and enjoyment. Viagra increases blood flow to the penis, but does not work to prolong the time between penetration and ejaculation. Behavior modification techniques may be more appropriate as a treatment method for men who are struggling with PE and want to gain control over how long they last in bed.

About Dr. Zvi Zuckerman

Medical Doctor and Sex Therapist

Dr. Zvi Zuckerman is a medical doctor and sex therapist whose exemplary career has spanned forty years. Among the positions he has held, Dr. Zuckerman has served as the director of the Andrology and Sex Counseling Unit at the Rabin Medical Center.

Today, Dr. Zuckerman serves as a professional consultant for the Between Us Clinic, which provides sex therapy online programs for couples and men experiencing premature ejaculation. He also treats patients at his private clinic.