Does Delay Cream for Men Work?

Dr. Laurence Levine
Board Certified Urologist, expert in male sexual dysfunction Dr. Laurence Levine
Last updated 12/06/2023
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I'm a guy in my 30s, and let's just cut to the chase—I've got a problem with finishing too fast in bed. Tried some stuff like Kegel exercises, even tried that "start-stop" thing, but no dice.

Still quick on the draw, you know? So, I've heard about these "delay creams," and I'm kinda curious.

Do delay creams actually work, or is it all just hype? And let's talk safety—any long-term issues I should know about if I go this route?

Hey, I hear you—finishing too quickly can be a real downer, especially when you've given other methods a go without much luck. Here’s some medical insight I can provide you.

Do Delay Creams Work or Not?

Yes, delay creams, often containing Lidocaine, can be effective in treating premature ejaculation by reducing penile sensitivity, thereby delaying ejaculation and prolonging sexual activity. But everyone's different, so what works well for one guy might not work so well for another.

Nonetheless, a study found that after applying and waiting 20 minutes prior to intercourse, there was an increase in ejaculation time without any erection loss.

What About Safety?

Generally, yes, it is safe. However, caution is advised as some users have reported excessive numbing with higher concentrations of lidocaine. Keep the following in mind:

  • Feeling Numb: If too much is applied, delay cream may cause over-de-sensitization, which could make sex less pleasurable for you or your partner.
  • Skin Issues: Some guys may get some irritation, but it's usually not significant
  • Long-Term Concerns: Using these creams long-term hasn't been shown to cause any serious issues.

Need-to-Know Tips

  • Timing is Everything: Apply it on for about 5-10 minutes before you and your partner get intimate.
  • Heads-Up for Your Partner: Depending on the type of lidocaine, if you're not using protection, your partner might also get a bit numb. In contrast, Promescent Desensitizing Spray has a separate ingredient which drives the lidocaine through the skin where the nerves reside, which usually reduces the surface exposure of lidocaine to your partner.

What Else Can You Do?

Try practicing mindfulness and distraction techniques, or employing physical strategies like Kegel exercises

You can also make lifestyle adjustments (such as modifying diet and exercise routines), and explore pharmacological treatments such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), to manage premature ejaculation.

If you're still struggling, you might also look into trying a delay spray. Or, consider chatting with a doc for a personalized game plan.

I hope this gives you the information you need to make an informed decision about your sexual health.

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  • Atikeler MK, Gecit I, Senol FA. Optimum usage of prilocaine-lidocaine cream in premature ejaculation. Andrologia. 2002 Dec;34(6):356-9. doi: 10.1046/j.1439-0272.2002.00511.x. PMID: 12472618. Accessed on Oct, 18, 2023.
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