Everything from tips to help, to common mistakes to avoid. When it comes to delay sprays, we've got you covered!
Most guys have been there.
You're planning for a marathon sex session and instead end up running a short sprint.
The problem: your partner is still a long way from the finish line.
A five-nation study found that men, on average, last for 5.7 minutes before ejaculating, but for men with premature ejaculation issues, they barely make it two minutes.
Thankfully, Promescent makes some great products to help you slow down the race.
We’ll cover everything you need to know about delay sprays, including mistakes we've seen some first-time users make, so you can avoid them.
Delay sprays are meant to reduce sensitivity in the most sensitive areas of the penis to delay ejaculation.
You may have heard them called:
No matter what they are called, most of them are made with the same active ingredient, either benzocaine, or lidocaine.
Spray two to three sprays below the head of the penis and the underside of the shaft. Rub it in until you don't feel any wetness. Wait ten minutes until the product's absorbed into the skin.
For a more detailed explanation on how to use delay spray, here's the step-by-step process:
If you want to know how to use delay spray properly, you have to first look at how it's applied.
Application directions tend to look something like this:
If you're using Promescent, we recommend the spray be applied to the frenulum of the penis, or just below the head, and on the underside of the shaft.
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: With delay sprays, it's far better to have too little and add more than to accidentally add too much.
Once you've added the spray to the target zones, use a fingertip or two to rub it in a circular motion until you don't feel any wetness.
Pro Tip: Wash your hands after applying delay spray so desensitization doesn’t spread during foreplay.
This is where the magic happens.
You'll need to wait for about 10 minutes for the ingredients to be absorbed into your skin (hint: this is the perfect time for foreplay).
Otherwise, you'll be well on your way to climax before the desensitizer gets the chance to kick in.
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 with some other delay sprays.
Rather, sensations are slightly muted where the spray has been applied and you’ll have normal sensitivity elsewhere.
Using delay spray to prevent premature ejaculation can only work if the product is used correctly.
Individual experiences are going to vary because penis sensitivity is not something that's the same with every man, experiment and see what works best for you.
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.
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 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.
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, but with just a little practice you'll get there.
You've got instructions, and you're confident you know how to use a delay spray because you actually read them.
Now take a second and think. Do you really know what the frenulum and glans are?
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 lifting 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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Results are going to vary depending on:
Promescent lasts for about an hour after application.
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.
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.
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 its 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.
If your partner is pregnant, erring on the side of caution is always the 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.
The effects of delay spray shouldn't transfer to your partner—as long as you're using the product properly.
WIPE away the excess
WAIT the recommended time
WASH your hands
If your partner is complaining of numbness, you've missed one of these steps.
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.
Too much delay spray can cause temporary sensitivity loss and possibly the loss of an erection for a short period of time.
Like with all lidocaine and benzocaine products the side effects are typically mild but can include:
If you experience any of these issues then you should immediately wash the product off with soap and water.
While delay sprays may seem like a pretty simple medication to use it’s important to know what works and what doesn’t.
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 if you do the research you'll see that one stands out above the rest.
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 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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