Recently, the medical community made headlines when it emerged that some doctors were using Botox as a way to treat premature ejaculation. The development took many men by
surprise but it signals a new approach to how medical professionals and patients are approaching premature ejaculation treatments.
For years, conventional wisdom stated that the best way to treat premature ejaculation was to take a proactive approach and prevent the condition from finding a foothold in the first place. While this remains the best approach, there are now more options for men who need a treatment that can offer help and hope even after the condition becomes firmly entrenched.
Botox has emerged as one of the newest methods doctors have at their disposal for men who need help NOW. Many people think of cosmetic procedures when they hear the word Botox but in truth, the drug has been used for years for a number of conditions. Migraine sufferers have been using Botox injections to reduce the number of headaches they experience each month. People with spastic movement disorders such as cervical dystonia have also found relief by using the drug.
Men coping with premature ejaculation may also be able to find that same relief. Botox works to treat this common and chronic condition by essentially numbing the area. This is, to be fair, an extreme version of the gels and other numbing agents men have been using as a treatment option for years,
The difference, of course, is in the potential for serious side effects posed by this option. Using Botox requires a doctor’s supervision during the procedure itself and for follow-up care. The potential side effects for Botox carry a higher potential for serious issues. Side effects for the treatment include
• Neck and/or back pain
• Muscle stiffness
• Difficulty swallowing
• Shortness of breath
• Nausea and vomiting
• General weakness and fatigue
• Injection site reactions (redness, bruising, bleeding, etc.)
• Flulike symptoms
• Difficulty urinating
• Urinary tract infections
• Bleeding while urinating
These side effects can be eye opening for men who saw Botox as an instant and reliable cure. But this illustrates the importance of knowing everything about a treatment, especially when it comes to newer approaches.
Off label prescribing is another popular treatment options, but this too carries the risk for serious side effects. The medications used for this are most often anti-depression medications. Side effects for these medications run the gamut from weight gain and skin problems to lowered libido and erectile dysfunction. This obviously presents some unique challenges since a man could easily find himself with the ability to last longer, but struggling to find the desire or even the ability to achieve an erection.
To say the side effects of the most current treatment options for early ejaculation are a bit counterproductive is putting it lightly. Still, the promise of help these treatments provide often mean that men are willing to put up with just about anything in order to find relief.
There’s no doubt that the future of premature ejaculation treatment is full of promise. But that doesn’t mean it’s without risk. Today, the best defence for premature ejaculation is still a good offence. But methods to prevent the problem are of little comfort for men already coping with the condition. The newest developments in treatments, however, prove there are people still working on finding the best ways to improve sexual performance, health and happiness for all men.