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Delay Sprays: How To Use, Tips, FAQs and More

by Dr. Robert Valenzuela

Dr. Robert Valenzuela
Dr. Robert Valenzuela

Most guys have been there. 

You're planning to for a marathon session and instead end up running a short sprint, or maybe even just a 100-yard dash. 

Your partner is a long way from the finish line and you're already standing on the sidelines, fully ready for a snack and a nap. 

five-nation study found most guys managed 5.7 minutes before ejaculation, and guys with premature ejaculation (PE) issues may barely make it two minutes. 

So, if you've hit the finish line early, it's nothing to be ashamed of—many guys are in the same fast-running boat. 

Thankfully, products are available to help slow down the race. 

Specifically, delay sprays like Promescent help desensitize your penis before sex so you can last longer in bed. 

We’ll cover everything you need to know about delay sprays, including how to apply them, if they’re safe and even mistakes we see some first-time users make that you can avoid.

What Are Delay Sprays?

Promescent delay spray at bedside

Delay sprays are meant to reduce sensitivity in the most sensitive areas of the penis to delay ejaculation. 

Delay sprays, premature ejaculation sprays, penis desensitizing sprays—these products come with a lot of names attached, but they all have the same purpose, and some have similar ingredients. 

Primarily, delay sprays are made with desensitizing agents like lidocaine or benzocaine and other ingredients. 

How to Use Delay Sprays 

Trying to figure out how to use a last longer spray is not something you need a degree in sexual science to do. There's nothing complicated about tracking down a product, opening it, and spraying it on your penis.

Nevertheless, it's not a bad idea to get familiar with the technical process. 

Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions first, but most that have lidocaine and benzocaine as active ingredients are going to tell you pretty much the same thing.

1. Apply the Spray

man using Promescent spray

If you want to know how to use delay spray properly, you have to first look at how it's applied.

Application directions for most products tend to look something like: 

  1. Shake the bottle gently
  2. Hold the application nozzle close to your penis
  3. Push the spray mechanism firmly to release a full spray

Different delay sprays may give you slightly variant guidelines about the specifics of where the spray goes.

For example, if you are using Promescent we recommend the spray be applied to the frenulum of the penis and just below the head on the underside of your shaft.

 How much delay spray should I use?

Personal sensitivity levels vary. 

Most product manufacturers say to start out with two or three sprays. It's perfectly fine to start with less and adjust. 

Note: It's far better to have too little and add more than to accidentally add too much and leave yourself with not enough sensitivity at all. 

Once you've added your spray(s) to the target zones, rub it in until you don't feel any wetness.

Avoid using a full-on hand stroke to rub in the product. This will smear the product all over everything, desensitize parts that don't need to be, and you'll absorb a lot into your hands. 

Use a fingertip or two and work in a circular motion.

Tip: Wash your hands after applying a delay spray so desensitization doesn’t spread during foreplay.

2. Wait for the Spray to Take Effect

Waiting for the time to pass by

This is where the magic happens. 

You'll need to wait for the ingredients to take action once they've absorbed into your skin. Otherwise, you'll be well on your way to climax before the desensitizer gets the chance to kick in.

Most often, 10 to 15 of wait time minutes will suffice. (hint: perfect time for foreplay)

3. Ready for Action

Ready for action

Applied, absorbed, waited—you're good to go! 

You'll know it's all good by the way your penis feels. With Promescent you will not feel a ‘numbing sensation’ like Icy Hot or some other delay sprays.

Rather, sensations are slightly muted where the spray has been applied and you’ll have normal sensitivity elsewhere.

Mistakes to Avoid When Using Delay Spray

Using delay spray to prevent premature ejaculation can only work if the product is used correctly. Individual experiences are going to vary because sensitivity is not something that's the same with every guy. 

It's normal to have to experiment a few times to figure out how to use, how much to use, and where to apply the product.

Don't give up after one try, and keep expectations reasonable. 

If you get just what you want the first shot, just consider yourself lucky. 

Of course, there's room for human error too, so you'll have to avoid a few mistakes when using a delay spray. 

1. Using too Much

Yes, there's too much of a good thing. 

Start with the minimum number of recommended sprays and work your way up no matter which delay spray you're using.

If you get carried away because you figure the more spray you apply the longer you'll make it, you can desensitize your penis so much that things just don't work out because you can't feel anything.

If you do accidentally use too much delay spray and lose feeling, don't panic—the feeling will return once the product wears off. Most people regain sensitivity within 30-minutes or so. 

2. Using too Little Delay Spray 

On the flip side of using too much delay spray is not using enough. 

Start with the minimum; you can always wait a few, and try a little more if sensitivity levels don't seem low enough that you could hold back ejaculation. 

A "sweet spot" exists, and that sweet spot differs from man to man. So, before proclaiming what you're using is doing you no good, make sure you're giving the delay spray a fair chance. 

3. Applying the Spray in the Wrong Places

You've got instructions, and you're confident you know how to use a last longer spray cause you actually read them. 

Now take a second and think. 

Do youreallyknow what the frenulum and glans are? 

Frenulum

This part connects the head of the penis with the shaft of the penis. It’s the small ridge of tissue between the glans and shaft. 

Think of when you're looking in the mirror and lift up your tongue to get that annoying piece of food out of your teeth. Your tongue is connected to the floor of your mouth via the ‘lingual frenulum’. 

Glans

This is what is commonly referred to as the head of the penis. Typically, the underside of the glans is the most sensitive. 

Researchers think this has to do with the grinding and rubbing your undergarments put on the front of the glans on a daily basis.

4. Not Waiting Long Enough After Using the Spray 

Every delay spray is going to have different timing. As already noted, most are going to require at least a 10 to 15-minute wait.

Even a short wait can seem like an eternity in the heat of the moment, sure. But if you're not waiting, you're likely getting in the groove before the spray even has a chance to work.

So, apply, wait, test for sensitivity, and then go for it. 

Common Questions About Using Delay Sprays

By now, you've got the technicals about how to use delay spray. You've probably even Googled how to use delay spray with pictures for good measure. 

Still got questions? Below are the most frequently asked questions when it comes to using delay sprays.

How many sprays should I apply?

Start with two or three and work your way up. 

Check the manufacturer's recommendations to find the spray limit on the product. Some state to use no more than five sprays, but some can allow up to ten. 

Where do I apply premature ejaculation spray?

You’ll want to target the most sensitive parts of the penis - the frenulum (see above) and the underside of the head/shaft of the penis. 0

How long do the effects of delay spray last?

Results are going to vary depending on: 

  • Your sensitivity levels 
  • How much product you use 
  • What product you use

Promescent lasts for about an hour after application.

Can I apply delay spray when flaccid or erect?

Your choice here. 

Soft or hard, products should work the same either way. 

If you'd prefer to get things ready in advance before a partner steps into the scene that’s perfectly fine.

For some guys, it's easier to target their sweet spots when they're fully or partially erect.

Can I wear a condom along with delay spray?

It depends on the product, so check your product's directions. 

Most state delay spray is fine to use with condoms, but some clarify to only use latex condoms. 

Do I need to wash off delay spray before sex?

A lot of guys ask this question, and it's easy to get confused. 

A lot of products do tell you to wipe off any excess residue before sex to avoid desensitizing your partner and slowing both of you down.

Promescent doesn't require a wipedown when used as directed due to it’s TargetZone™ Technology and advanced absorption capabilities.

The formula allows the active ingredient to get beneath the skin's surface to affect those sensitive nerves instead of hanging around on the surface of your skin.

But, if you've applied any other product, rubbed it in, and still see moisture, it's best to wash off the extra with a wet towel. It may even be a good idea to wipe it off even if you see nothing.

Tip:If there's going to be oral sex involved, it is best to wash off your penis after absorption even if you're using Promescent.

Can I use desensitizing spray if my partner is pregnant?

Erring on the side of caution if your partner is pregnant is best. 

Since products like lidocaine or benzocaine have not been established to be safe to use during pregnancy, you may not want to take any risks. 

Will the effects of the spray transfer to my partner? 

The effects of delay spray shouldn't transfer to your partner—as long as you're using the product properly. Remember:

WIPE away excess if that is required with the product you use

WAIT the allotted time frame

WASH your hands.

If your partner is complaining of numbness, you've missed one of these steps. 

What are the side effects of using delay sprays?

Side effects should always be checked out before you buy a product. 

Keep in mind that every product is different and may contain different ingredients that are linked to specific side effects. The primary side effect should be what you would expect: temporary penis desensitization.

Too much delay spray can cause temporary sensitivity loss and possibly the loss of an erection for a short period of time. 

Skin irritation, tingling or burning, and excessive numbing with normal use should spur you to immediately wash the product off with soap and water and talk to a physician if symptoms last longer than 12 hours.  

Takeaways

While delay sprays may seem like a pretty simple medication to use it’s important to know what works and what doesn’t.

Always be sure you are targeting only the most sensitive areas and try not to go overboard on application. 

It may take a few tries to really dial in your dosage. Start small with 2-3 sprays and work your way up if you feel like it wasn’t enough on your first go-around. 

There are a lot of delay sprays on the market claiming to be the best, but do some research and find out for yourself which one you want to give a shot. Remember, if you had a bad experience with one delay spray, another more reputable brand could be just what you need. 

Give Promescent a shot and see if it works for you. We’re so certain you’ll like it more that we have a 60-day money back policy that allows for a refund if you don’t like it, even if you use it.

Dr. Robert Valenzuela
Dr. Robert Valenzuela

Dr. Robert J Valenzuela, MD serves as a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and is the Director of Penile Prosthesis Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He specializes in male sexual dysfunctions and practices at Washington Heights Urology in New York. He founded and is President of the Northeast Mission of Hope, an organization which provides free surgical care to those in need around the globe.


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