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Benzocaine Wipes 101: Everything you Need to Know

Dr. Wayne Hellstrom
Board Certified Professor of Urology, past ISSM & SMSNA President

by Dr. Wayne Hellstrom 8 min read

Board Certified Professor of Urology, past ISSM & SMSNA President
Slow Down Sex to last longer

Ever wish you had a personal slow-motion button specifically for sex?

Don't worry, you're not alone.

About 1 out of 3 men in the world probably feel the same. At least, this is how many men have an issue with premature ejaculation (PE) at times.

Study showing almost 1 out of every 3 men suffer from premature ejaculation

The average time to ejaculation is somewhere around five minutes, but guys with PE often times don't make it to two minutes. And, a lot of men with heightened sensitivity may barely make it to that.

The truth is, premature ejaculation can be a real problem.

Pro Tip: You can treat premature ejaculation with Promescent Delay Spray.

From edging to the squeeze technique, you can find all sorts of tips and tricks online to use to delay ejaculation, but, if you need a little extra, benzocaine wipes may be something to consider.

Benzocaine wipes are single-use wet wipes preloaded with the desensitizing agent benzocaine.

When used properly, these over the counter wipes for premature ejaculation can desensitize your penis just enough to last longer in bed.

Quick FAQs

Yes, according to a study done in 2017, 100% of men saw in improvement in their ejaculation time after using benzocaine wipes.

Two studies from 2017 and 2019 showing similar results where men using benzocaine wipes reported an average of 166.9 seconds increase or about a 300% increase.

If used correctly benzocaine wipes should not transfer to your partner.

Benzocaine wipes take about 10 minutes to fully take effect and last for around 30 minutes at full strength, most men report having full sensation back after 90 minutes.

It's no surprise you may be asking yourself if benzocaine wipes:

  • Do benzocaine wipes work?
  • Are they safe to use?
  • Could these wipes be the key to slowing your climax in bed?

Let's take a closer look to get your answers.

Do Benzocaine Wipes Work for Premature Ejaculation?

Benzocaine delay wipes have been examined more than once to find out if they actually help men who want to last longer in bed.

First, the wipes were tested on 15 men in 2017; 6 more men were given a placebo as a control for the study.

Initially every man included in this study reported:

  • They had little control over when they ejaculated
  • Experienced a great deal of distress because they ejaculated too fast
  • They usually ejaculated in less than two minutes after initial penetration
2017 study showing 100% improvement with PE using benzocaine wipes

All men given the benzocaine wipes saw an improvement in ejaculation time during penetrative sex with a female (an average of 166.9 seconds). A follow-up study performed in 2019 found similar results.

As an adage, the men given benzocaine wipes in both studies reported:

  • Less intercourse-related distress
  • More control over ejaculation
  • Greater satisfaction with sex

So, yes, desensitizing benzocaine wipes for premature ejaculation can work.

What can you expect using benzocaine wipes?

Where performance gains are concerned, you can expect to see some pretty noticeable differences in your time to ejaculation.

Keep in mind that every man can have his own unique experience with premature ejaculation solutions.

For example, if you normally hit a climax at about a minute, you may see only another 60-seconds or so in gains.

Nevertheless, that's double the usual and still a significant difference in terms of time during sex.

    Studies show benefits of extended use of benzocaine for PE can increase over time

In a study performed in 2019, the study participants self-reported an average time-to-ejaculation increase of nearly 3 minutes (165 seconds) after just 30 days of using the wipes with four percent benzocaine.

After 2 months, the effects were even greater at 5.5 minutes (329 seconds). The group of men given a placebo wipe, however, saw no significant changes.

How to Use Benzocaine Wipes

Benzocaine wipes are super simple to use, but it can take a few tries to get what works for you down.

The general steps involve application and waiting.

1. Apply

Using only one wipe, rub the most sensitive parts of your penis to moisten your skin.

The head and underside of the shaft of your penis tends to have the most concentrated collection of nerve endings.

So, it's preferred if you only target these locations.

If you have a lot of sensitivity in the shaft, you can rub the wipe on your shaft as well, specifically on the frenulum just under your head on the bottom side of your shaft.

2. Wait

The benzocaine takes about 5 to 10 minutes to fully absorb into your skin once applied.

After application, you have a few minutes to mess around, literally and metaphorically.

Before getting into foreplay, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water to prevent numb fingers and passing the numbness onto your partner.

Once the allotted time has passed, feel free to test out your newly desensitized penis.

FAQs About Benzocaine Delay Wipes

Where can you buy them?

You can buy desensitizing benzocaine wipes for premature ejaculation through several online retailers including Promescent. To make sure you get the best wipes:

  • Look at the ingredients listing in any product
  • Make sure you are buying from a reputable company
  • Check out reviews from real customers

Reviews for benzocaine premature ejaculation wipes are not hard to find. For example, you could find a Promescent orRoman premature ejaculation wipes review with a little investigative work on Google or Reddit.

Some drug stores also sellbenzocaine wipes, but if you prefer confidentiality, buying your wipes online is always a good option.

How to choose the best benzocaine wipe for you


How do benzocaine wipes work?

The wipes are made with benzocaine, which is a topical anesthetic commonly used as a temporary desensitizing agent for everything from cold sores to dental procedures.

When you use the wipe to moisten your skin, you are transferring the numbing benzocaine onto the skin of your penis.

The nerve endings just under the skin are sensitive to benzocaine and it helps to block nerve signals sent from beneath your skin to your central nervous system.

How long will the desensitizing effect last?

How fast benzocaine wipes last and how long they last

How long the desensitization lasts after using benzocaine wipes can vary depending on several factors, such as:

  • Where the wipe is used on the penis
  • How sensitive your nerves are to the numbing agent
  • Your own body chemistry
  • The amount of sexual activity after application

For the most part, the desensitization will be at a peak at around the ten-minute mark and then start to wane slowly beyond that point.

It can be a little worrisome when using benzocaine wipes for the first time because a desensitized penis can feel a little strange and definitely out of the ordinary.

Rest assured, your sensations are not lost forever, usually for only about 30 minutes.

Does the desensitizing effect transfer to your partner?

You may want to delay your ejaculation to last longer for a partner that already makes it longer than you, so your concerns about the effect transferring are not unwarranted.

When used correctly, there will be little to no transference to your partner during sex.

Just make sure you wait the allotted time for the solution to absorb into your skin before penetration and make sure your hands are washed before touching your partner during foreplay.

What will your penis feel like after using benzocaine wipes?

Every man can have a different experience with using benzocaine wipes because every man's level of sensation can be unique.

And, your individual experience may vary depending on where you rub the wipe during application.

While benzocaine does offer desensitizing action, the agent does not usually offer complete loss of sensation.

You may initially feel a slight tingling or warming sensation as the desensitizing agent slips into your skin. From there, you will likely notice less sensitivity.

Most guys have no problem feeling the pressure on their penis during sex, but the strong sensations that can lead to premature ejaculation may be somewhat muted temporarily.

How Using Benzocaine Wipes Can Help Your Sex Life

Obviously, the number one perk of using wipes with benzocaine is the fact that you can last longer during sex. This enhancement alone can bring along a lot of secondary benefits, as proven by the aforementioned studies.

Increased Confidence

Confident man kissing wife after gaining confidence with benzocaine wipes

When you are slipping into your sexual role in the bedroom and feel like you can actually please your partner, your self-confidence grows automatically.

Further, when you don't have the stress of premature ejaculation weighing on your mind, you can feel more confident about initiating sexual interactions.

Your self-confidence is not only beneficial for you, but also for your partner.

Keep in mind, confidence is one of the traits women rank the highest when considering how attractive a man is in her eyes.

Happier, Healthier Sex Life

Did you know 95 percent of men always orgasm during sex with a female but only a fraction of women have the same experience during sex with a man?

The science of sex differences between women and men is an interesting topic to consider.

While not set in stone, most researchers understand there is an arousal gap between men and women.

In other words, men can oftentimes reach their peak arousal point faster than a woman, which means he usually orgasms before her as well.

By using benzocaine wipes, you are calming those sensitive nerves that are associated with your heightened state of arousal.

Therefore, you could essentially narrow the gap between your orgasm and hers.

Of course, this kind of change can lead to a happier, healthier sex life.

Side Effects and Risks of Benzocaine Wipes

The wipes are associated with relatively few side effects and are considered safe when used appropriately.

To ensure the lowest risks of side effects, be sure you:

  • Follow the manufacturer's directions for use
  • Use only what you need
  • Avoid application to irritated or broken skin
  • Don't wrap or heat your penis after application

Keep an eye on adverse effects and stop use immediately if you spot problems.

These side effects can sometimes come along with excessive use of the wipes or using too much benzocaine on your skin as well.

Common side effects of benzocaine

Here is a look at some of the most common side effects associated with topical benzocaine.

1. Skin Irritation

Discontinue use of the wipes if you notice:

  • Inflammation
  • Itching
  • Burning or stinging sensations
  • Dryness or flaking skin
  • Skin pain or tenderness
  • Discoloration or redness

If you do experience any of these issues, wash the product off of your penis and hands immediately.

2. Prolonged Desensitization

Usually, prolonged desensitization is a sign you have used too much benzocaine on your penis.

Wash your penis with soap and water thoroughly. You should see the numbness subside soon after.

3. Methemoglobinemia with Unreasonable Benzocaine Use

Another note to keep in mind, excessive use of benzocaine can lead to methemoglobinemia, which is a blood disorder that can change how oxygen is carried to your cells.

The condition is usually only prevalent among young children exposed to benzocaine, and responsible use of benzocaine by adults is not likely to cause issues.

Methemoglobinemia can cause symptoms like heightened heart rate, shortness of breath, and pale skin or lips.

If you experience any of these symptoms, discontinue use and seek medical attention.

Key Takeaways

Premature ejaculation is a highly prevalent problem that most guys deal with at some point in their lives.

And, even men who last an average amount of time may need or desire a little more time to enjoy the experience and please their partner.

While benzocaine wipes are not a cure-all for PE, studies have shown the wipes can definitely help.

While benzocaine is considered relatively safe for skin application, watch out for any side effects.

Couple happy with benzocaine wipe premature ejaculation help

Be sure to follow guidelines for use, get to know how the wipes work with your body, and be mindful of not inadvertently numbing your partner in the process.

With a little trial and error, you could potentially delay your ejaculation quite significantly.

So, you may get an effect just like that slow-mo button you've been wishing for during sex.

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Dr. Wayne Hellstrom
Dr. Wayne Hellstrom

Dr. Wayne Hellstrom is a board-certified Professor of Urology and Chief, Section of Andrology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He works as a urologist at Tulane University, University Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in New Orleans. Wayne received his MD from McGill Medical School followed by a residency there in General Surgery. He completed a residency in Urology at UC San Francisco, and an AUA scholar-funded fellowship in Andrology at the UC Davis. Dr. Hellstrom is the past President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the International Society of Sexual Medicine. He has authored or coauthored over 100 book chapters and more than 500 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.