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

Everything from tips to help, to common mistakes to avoid. When it comes to delay sprays, we've got you covered!

Dr. Robert Valenzuela
Diplomate of the American Board of Urology

by Dr. Robert Valenzuela 7 min read

Cum too soon from not using delay spray

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.

What Are Delay Sprays?

Promescent climax control delay spray

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

You may have heard them called:

  • Delay spray
  • Premature ejaculation spray
  • Penis desensitizing spray
  • Lidocaine spray

No matter what they are called, most of them are made with the same active ingredient, either benzocaine, or lidocaine.

How to Use Delay Sprays

Trying to figure out how to use a lidocaine delay spray is not rocket science.

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

So let's get started.

Apply promescent delay spray to the most sensitive parts of your penis

1. Apply the 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 this:

  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

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 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: 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 a delay spray so the 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.

Typically, 10 minutes wait time 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 with 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 penis 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 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, but with just a little practice you'll get there.

3. Applying the Spray in the Wrong Places

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 reallyknow 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.

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 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 the 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 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.

Can I use desensitizing spray if my partner is pregnant?

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.

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.


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.

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.

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:

  • Skin irritation
  • Tingling
  • Burning

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.

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

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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.