Premature Ejaculation Condoms: Do They Work?

Premature ejaculation condoms can be a great way to treat premature ejaculation. Here’s everything you need to know to see if they’re right for you.

Dr. Laurence Levine
Expert in male sexual health, leading Urologist in USA
by Dr. Laurence Levine Last updated 12/07/2023
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Numbing condoms for premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation can lower a man's self-esteem, lead to dissatisfaction in the bedroom and even cause emotional distress from a lack of being able to perform.

The good news is that there are ways to manage premature ejaculation - one of them is using premature ejaculation condoms to help last longer.

In this post, we'll take a closer look at the best condoms for lasting longer, examine how these condoms work, and discuss more techniques to prolong ejaculation in the bedroom.

Here's what you need to know:

Quick FAQs

They are typically made of a thicker latex, or they are pre-treated with a desensitizing agent like benzocaine.

No, wearing two condoms actually increases the likelihood of both of them breaking during intercourse due to the increased friction.

The only real potential side effect would be an allergic reaction to the numbing agent used in the condom, typically benzocaine.

If used correctly, the product is not likely to transfer to your product. However, since there is no way to control where the product is inside the condom, there is a chance it will numb other parts of your penis as well.

Pros and Cons of Numbing Condoms

There are two types of condoms for premature ejaculation:

  • Thick Condoms
  • Desensitizing Condoms

Desensitizing condoms contain benzocaine, which slightly numbs the penis and decreases sensitivity.

As you might imagine, a desensitizing condom has several pros and cons.


  • They're safe to use when used properly.
  • Studies show that even conventional condoms can reduce vibratory thresholds, or friction, during sex. A numbing condom can help reduce sensitivity even more.
  • Condoms don't just permit longer-lasting sex but offer safe sex benefits, such as preventing unwanted pregnancy and the transmission of sexually-transmitted diseases.


  • They can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to work, so they have to be worn properly and given time to take effect.
  • To some couples, condoms are an inconvenient mood killer. Those in monogamous relationships may even find them unnecessary.
    • Delay condoms may take some time to get used to before men can maximize their potential in the bedroom.
    • There's a small risk that the desensitizing agent may transfer to a man's partner during sex.
    • They may not delay ejaculation significantly, and men may still require other methods to last longer.

      What are the Best Condoms to Last Longer?

      Which condoms are best for lasting longer? Let's take a look at a few of the top options on the market today:

      1. Trojan Extended Pleasure

      Trojan extended pleasure condoms

      Trojan's Extended Pleasure condoms are among the best condoms for long-lasting pleasure, thanks to the inclusion of a climax control lubricant that decreases sensitivity.

      These climax control condoms don't just help desensitize the penis, but they're also lubricated on the outside to help please the partner as well.

      One of the more affordable condoms that make you last longer, a box of Trojan Extended Pleasure condoms, can be purchased for less than $20 on Amazon and can also likely be purchased at your local convenience store.

      2. Pasante Delay Infinity

      Pasante Infinity premature ejaculation condoms

      Pasante's Delay condoms include benzocaine to help desensitize the penis and help men last longer in bed.

      Benzocaine is an ingredient that's often used to ease discomfort during tattoo application, piercings, laser treatments, and even some minor surgeries, so it's able to get the job done for men with ultra-sensitive penises.

      If located in the United States, purchase these either from the Pasante brand website, Amazon UK, or a specialty condom store.

      3. Lifestyle Extra Strength

      Lifestyle extra strength numbing condoms

      Unlike some of the desensitizing condoms that we've mentioned in this section which work on desensitizing the penis to prolong sex, Lifestyle Extra Strength condoms work in a different way.

      They are a type of extra thick condom meant to help men last longer during sex.

      Lifestyle Extra Strength condoms feature an extra thick barrier and include lubrication.

      They're absent of any desensitizing ingredient but instead are about 90 microns in thickness compared to the conventional 70 microns.

      These types of premature ejaculation condoms help reduce sensation and are ideal for men who dislike desensitizing condoms or may have an allergy to the ingredients used in such condoms.

      You can purchase a box for less than $15.

      FAQs About Premature Ejaculation Condoms

      Do condoms make sex better? Do condoms make you last longer? We cover these questions - and more - in this FAQ section below:

      How long do desensitizing condoms work?

      The answer to this question largely depends on the type of condom that a man chooses.

      For instance, some condoms with desensitizing agents are able to extend sex by up to 15 minutes. 

      According to a 2008 survey, the ideal length of sex varies from 3-13 minutes.

      However, it should be noted that, for women, the average time to orgasm is about 13.5 minutes.

      What are the side effects?

      While they're considered just as safe as a conventional condom, condoms for premature ejaculation can have side effects, including:

      • Rashes or hives 
      • Over desensitization
      • Numbness is transferred to their partner

      This is especially true if a man or his partner is allergic to latex or any of the other ingredients used in such a condom.

      Can I just use two condoms instead?

      No, while one might think that wearing two condoms reduces sensitivity, studies show that it can actually increase friction and the chance of one or both condoms breaking during sex.

      Condom breakage can lead to unintentional pregnancy and increase the chance of disease transmission.

      If you don’t like the idea of using a condom with a desensitizing agent in it, consider wearing extra thick condoms to reduce friction and sensitivity.

      How much longer will I last?

      Again, this depends on the type of condom that a man is using and the man himself. Some of the best condoms to last longer advertise that they can extend sex up to 15 minutes when worn properly.

      However, these condoms may take some time to get used to, and likely won't take effect for 5 to 10 minutes after being put on.

      While they may prolong sex, men can also wear premature ejaculation condoms while practicing other techniques to last even longer.

      Will it transfer to my partner?

      While there's always the chance that the desensitizing agent could transfer, it's far less likely to occur when the condoms are worn correctly, and the proper size condom is purchased.

      Since the desensitizing agent is inside of the condom, it's designed to only make contact with the penis.

      However, if the condom is too tight and breaks or is too loose and comes off during sex, the agent may transfer.

      If you're worried about desensitizing agent transfer, extra-thick condoms don't include numbing agents and are still considered among the best condom to last longer.

      How long do I have to wait after putting on the condom?

      You should always check the box for directions, but most numbing condoms advise waiting anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes before engaging in sexual intercourse after they're put on.

      Alternatives to Numbing Condoms

      If you don't like wearing condoms or want to complement condom usage with other techniques, there are a variety of other things that you might try.

      Here's a look at some of them:

      Edging/start-stop: This method involves getting close to climax during intercourse and then stopping until the urge to ejaculate subsides before continuing again.

      Squeeze technique: The squeeze technique involves firmly squeezing the tip of the penis when a man gets close to climax. It can be done either by the man or by his partner.

      Kegel exercises: Kegel exercises are most associated with urinary incontinence, but they can help men control ejaculation as well. When done regularly, men will likely notice results within a month or two.

      Delay sprays: If numbing condoms aren't right for you, consider trying delay sprays. These come in spray bottle form and contain the same agents found in condoms to desensitize the penis to help prolong sexual intercourse.

      Pre-sex masturbation: While there aren't any studies to back up longer-lasting sex if masturbation occurs prior to intercourse, it's been found to work for many men. It can even make for enjoyable foreplay if a man's sexual partner is willing to do it for them.

      Delay مناديل مبللة: These are similar to delay sprays, except rather than spraying the numbing agent on, it's wiped on the penis with a one-time towelette.

      Prescription medications: Unwilling to try a numbing condom or any of the other methods listed here? Consider speaking with a doctor or physician about the issue. They may prescribe medication designed to help prolong ejaculation.

      Sex therapy: Premature ejaculation can be worsened by underlying psychological issues. If you believe this may be the case, speaking with a sex therapist may be able to help you work through such problems and lead to a more satisfying sex life for a man and his partner.


      Do condoms make a man last longer in bed? If they're worn correctly and fit properly, the answer is likely "yes."

      Keep in mind that premature ejaculation condoms that contain a desensitizing agent usually take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to begin to work.

      However, with thick condoms, there is no waiting time as there is no desensitizing agent to absorb into the skin.

      If premature ejaculation condoms don't work or either you or your partner have latex allergies, there are other methods to prolong sex that you can try.

      Dr. Laurence Levine

      Dr. Laurence Levine

      ​Dr Laurence Levine is a Professor of Urology and practices at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is focused specifically on Male Sexual Health and is past President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA). Dr. Levine graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he received his MD and completed his training in Urology at the Harvard Program in Boston.​


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