Combination therapy for premature ejaculation: results of a small-scale study

Martin J. Steggall, Christopher G. Fowler, Anthony Pryce

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Premature ejaculation (PE) has an estimated prevalence of 22% of sexually active men. Treatment options are being drawn towards poles of clinical management, i.e. sole use of an anti-depressant or behavioural therapy. We speculated that a combination approach may offer both an improvement in ejaculatory delay, but also facilitate engagement with behavioural therapies. Our aims were to to compare ejaculatory delay between paroxetine 20mg daily or Premjact Spray™, followed by a behavioural therapy that did not include solitary or mutual masturbation. A randomised trial of pharmacological intervention for two months was followed immediately by a standardised behavioural therapy programme for a further two months. It was found that both paroxetine 20mg and Premjact Spray™ provided a statistically significant delay in ejaculation (measured by stopwatch); combination therapy indicated that ejaculatory delay had been maintained. Self-reported improvement to relationships was established, but did not correlate to the timed ejaculatory delay, i.e. successful treatment did not depend on a time delay, but on a reintroduction of intimacy. We conclude that combination therapy may provide a viable option for clinical management in men with psychogenic PE. Using medication, an initial stabilising effect to a relationship can be established, thus improving the uptake of behavioural therapy resulting in an improvement from baseline ejaculatory latency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-376
JournalSexual and Relationship Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Premature ejaculation
  • PE
  • paroxetine
  • Premjact Spray
  • behavioural therapy
  • clinical management


Dive into the research topics of 'Combination therapy for premature ejaculation: results of a small-scale study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this