What Does Promescent Delay Spray Actually Do?

Dr. Rachel Rubin
Board certified Urologist and assistant clinical professor in Urology Dr. Rachel Rubin
Last updated 12/06/2023
Promescent Delay Spray

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I found Promescent Delay Spray when looking for a treatment option for my quicker than normal orgasm times. Shortly after that, I found what seemed to be hundred of alternative sprays that claim to help as well – some at a cheaper price.

I'm not sure I fully understand what makes one spray work better than others.

How is Promescent Delay Spray different, does it actually work, and what can I expect from using a spray like this?

When it comes to premature ejaculation, evidence suggests that topical anesthetics can help increase the time it takes to orgasm.

While there are multiple products on the market, Promescent offers an easy-to-use delay spray with proven results.

Learn more: Desensitizing Sprays: How To Use, Tips, FAQs And More

Clinical studies showed that men lasted significantly longer when using Promescent.

Tip: When using topical anesthetics men report different results. Sprays like Promescent come in metered doses, so it’s a good idea to experiment a bit and find the right number of sprays that works best for your needs. No two penises are identical and what works for some, may not work for you.

Promescent Delay Spray provides three primary benefits:

Fast and Nearly Full Absorption

One potential issue that can come from using a topical anesthetic is that it can take a while to absorb into the skin.

Lidocaine, in its ‘natural’ form, is a sugary-type substance that can remain on the surface of the skin after use.

Likewise, some of the lidocaine crystals may absorb too quickly into the bloodstream numbing the whole area, which can make it a challenge to maintain erections.

Promescent’s spray uses a patented formula that alters the structure of lidocaine from a sugary-type substance to a liquid-type substance.

This allows for the desensitization agent to suspend next to the sensitive nerves and remain there for an extended period of time before being absorbed into your bloodstream and filtered by your kidneys.

You should apply Promescent Delay Spray about 5-10 minutes before intimacy to allow sufficient time for absorption.

The good news is that some studies suggest this is the perfect amount of time for foreplay. So, get busy while you're waiting.

Little to No Transfer to Partner

Another problem that can occur with topical anesthetics is that they can transfer during sex.

This means that your partner could experience numbness, which may make the session far less satisfying.

For women, if the numbness spreads to the clitoris, it could make it much harder to climax, defeating the purpose of using a desensitizing spray in the first place.

Once Promescent Delay Spray gets absorbed, it has a small chance of transference.

This, again, is due to the unique way the formula works to change the structure of lidocaine from a sugary-type substance to a liquid-type substance.

The lidocaine in its new form can now penetrate the top layers of the skin effectively, leaving little to no traces of desensitizing molecules behind.

Long-Lasting Effects

While the exact timeframe for sexual encounters depends on the couple, most intercourse lasts between three and seven minutes.

Even if you plan on going longer than that, you shouldn't have to stop and reapply the spray midway through.

The product is designed to allow you to focus on the pleasure of sex without worrying about whether it will wear off too quickly.

Once applied, Promescent will have noticeable effects for up to an hour.

Where to Buy Promescent

Promescent can be bought over the counter online or at some nationwide retailers. They have a store finder here if you choose to buy in person at a location near you.

Some places you can find Promescent are:

  • Directly on their website here
  • At Target stores in the United States
  • A few hundred local pharmacy or adult retailers (be sure to check the store locator)


There are many different male genital desensitizers on the market today. Most can be bought easily online without a prescription from a physician.

It’s important to understand how each works and why some may work better than others.

Promescent is one of the only male genital desensitizers that has clinical evidence and is used by thousands of healthcare professionals as a treatment option.

While it may take a few times to understand what number of sprays works best for your personal sensitivity levels, most men report significant improvement in ejaculatory control when using the spray.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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