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Premature ejaculation

A mint-flavoured pill could hold the key for men who suffer from premature ejaculation, says study.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 18, 2004 22:24 IST

A US company has developed a mint-flavoured pill, which they say, could hold the key for men who suffer from premature ejaculation.

According to Marina Murphy's report in Chemistry & Industry Magazine, trials by the company have shown the pill, compound LI 301, to have an effect on everyone tested.

Thirty men with a staying power of under a minute took part in the tests and found that they could delay their ejaculation by 11/2 to two minutes or more with one of them having a previous record of 11 seconds.

However, there is no definite date set for the release of LI 301 although some estimates suggest it could be available as soon as 2007.

Other compounds being investigated for premature ejaculation are producing mixed results, but the new pill works in a different and unique way.

It is thought that its success in trials is due to an analgesic effect that causes a dulling of sensation and a reduction in feeling. But, at the right dose, this does not affect orgasm and normal sexual function is retained.

'People do not like the interference factor of creams and devices and are moving toward being able to take a pill,' says Chris Every, CEO of Enhance Biotech, New York, the company developing the drug.

'Anything that improves the sex lives of men and women has to be a good thing,' says Jim Pollard, editor of Male Health,

'But, this has to be balanced with the over-medication of the area. The secret to good sex is really communication between the two people involved,' he added.

First Published: Feb 18, 2004 21:41 IST