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Lidocaine Spray: How it Works, How to Use, Best Choices & More

Dr. Laurence Levine
Expert in male sexual health, leading Urologist in USA

by Dr. Laurence Levine 8 min read

Around 30-40% of men report that they have experienced premature ejaculation at least once in their lives. Given how sensitive - no pun intended - the topic is, it's likely the percentage is higher.

Up to 40% of men have reported having experienced premature ejaculation

In fact, PE is the most common form of sexual dysfunction men deal with, but fortunately, it's one of the easiest to remedy.

Premature ejaculation, if you're unfamiliar, is ejaculation during foreplay or very quickly after sex is initiated. What "very quickly" means can vary, but most urologists suggest within 2 minutes of sex starting.

With that said, "premature" can vary wildly - if it feels too soon for you and your partner, then it's reasonable to call it "premature".

Degrees of severity of PE are loosely defined as:

  • Mild - 2-4 minutes
  • Moderate - About a minute
  • Severe - Ejaculation occurs during foreplay or nearly immediately upon penetration

Luckily as we said, there are fairly simple treatments for PE, and one such treatment is lidocaine spray or wipes.

These products reduce the sensitivity of the most sensitive areas of your penis, allowing you to go longer and reducing the risk of early ejaculation.

If you've ever wondered about whether a lidocaine delay spray was right for you, you've come to the right place.

Quick FAQs

Yes, and most men see near instant satisfaction with using a lidocaine spray for premature ejaculation. Side effects are extremely rare.

Don’t worry about it too much. Once you find your correct dosage for your needs you can use the lidocaine spray with confidence going forward.

When used as directed, Promescent lidocaine spray will have little to no transference to your partner. The same can’t be said for all lidocaine sprays, however, as Promescent uses a patented formula that helps the lidocaine absorb better.

Currently, there are no scientific long-term cures for premature ejaculation, however lidocaine sprays have been a long-time, and safe fan favorite for treating early ejaculation.

How does lidocaine spray help with premature ejaculation?

First, it's important to understand why premature ejaculation happens.

Common causes of premature ejaculation

There are a few psychological, biological, and even some chemical reasons why you might experience premature ejaculation:
  • Heightened sensitivity of the nerves in the penis. This can be simply the default state of your penis, but other factors can go into it, such as infrequent masturbation or sex.
  • Sexual performance anxiety. Unfortunately, worrying about how you will perform sexually can actually accelerate your ejaculatory reflex.
  • Depression can both make it harder to orgasm sometimes, and also cause premature ejaculation at other times.
  • Some medications for mental health disorders can make you more prone to PE.
  • Thyroid and prostate issues can lead to PE as well

Just as your dentist might use lidocaine to numb you up before a procedure, lidocaine can also be used to reduce the intensity of the sexual stimulation in your penis.

With less sensitivity, you're more likely to be able to last longer in bed, making you less self-conscious, which leads to more enjoyable, longer lasting sex.

For many men, the pressure of not worrying about it can actually make the symptoms go away with time.

Is lidocaine safe for premature ejaculation?

Lidocaine has been used for countless numbing procedures since the 1940s and is one of the safest, most tested medications we currently use.

The effects are nearly immediate and they wear off naturally with very little risk. The only main concern is if you happen to be allergic to lidocaine, which is an extremely rare allergy.

Ultimately lidocaine for premature ejaculation is one of the safest, easiest, and fastest solutions that are widely available.

How does lidocaine spray work?

The topical application of lidocaine spray for sex works by blocking signals from the skin to the nerves of the head of the penis.

This reduces sensation but doesn't totally numb you, which is a key factor in why it's so useful for premature ejaculation.

Men who use lidocaine spray for premature ejaculation reported nearly the same satisfaction in their orgasms. In fact, most reports indicate a better experience for both men and their partners during sex with lidocaine applications.

Happy couple after lidocaine spray fixed premature ejaculation

This is largely because men can last longer and allow themselves to relax and enjoy the act of sex, rather than concentrate on how long they'll last. Some men report stronger orgasms due to the longer build up to climax as well.

Since lidocaine doesn't completely remove the feeling of sex, just the sensitivity level, you don't need to worry about intercourse becoming boring or unpleasurable. If anything, the opposite is true.

Tips for using lidocaine spray for men

Applying a lidocaine penis spray should be done about 10 minutes before foreplay or sex, as this is roughly the typical amount of time that it takes to start working.

Lidocaine works harder the more you apply, so with that in mind, let's take a look at some tips for using lidocaine before you use it with a partner.

The better you understand how it affects you, the better you can utilize it during sex.

Tips for correctly applying lidocaine spray

1. Do a test run

Lidocaine numbing spray usually comes in a bottle that gives a precise dosage with each spray.

It's best to determine what number of sprays you need before you actually need to use it.

If you want to do a personal science experiment at home, try using the spray, waiting about 10 minutes, and then masturbate as you normally would to see how it affects your time to orgasm.

This will give you a rough estimate of how much you'll need to appropriately desensitize your penis for when you get intimate with your partner.

Once you have this baseline, you can do it again with more, if necessary, until you figure out your perfect dose.

Keep in mind too that although mechanically stimulating yourself during masturbation can be somewhat similar to sex, you're likely to be more aroused and more sensitive during sex.

If you find you're orgasming quicker than you would like with only a few sprays during masturbation, you'll likely need to apply more for intercourse.

2. Apply it correctly

The goal here is to ensure the glans (head) of your penis and frenulum (the underside of the penis where the head meets the shaft) is where you are applying the spray.

Using the spray applicator, apply the dosage you’ve decided on to the underside of your penis and work it around the shaft and tip.

Wait about 10 minutes to see where you're at in terms of sensitivity. You should wash your hands afterward, especially if you intend to engage in foreplay.

3. Be mindful if you're using condoms

Lidocaine plus condoms is a great way to stay safe but it's also going to significantly reduce your sensation.

This might be a good thing, as condoms are a very basic way to further reduce the occurrence of PE, but you also might not realize if the condom slips off or breaks during sex.

If you're using them together, it might take some adjusting to get your dosage correct and be aware about your condom situation during the act.

Are there side effects to lidocaine for PE?

As we talked about before, lidocaine is one of the safest, most studied, and used drugs in existence. Side effects are well-tolerated, understood, and thankfully, not severe.

The main concern is if you're allergic to lidocaine, you shouldn't use it, but that should be obvious.

Possible short term side effects of lidocaine spray

1. Allergic reaction

For men who are allergic to lidocaine but don't know it, they could experience heightened numbness, itchiness, or general discomfort. Reactions are varied but typically mild.

2. Over-desensitization

Some men experience simply too much loss of sensitivity, and for them, it's important to test dosage and dial it back.

Over-desensitization can lead to a temporary loss of erection, but as soon as the lidocaine effects start wear off, all functions will return to normal.

For example, Promescent Delay Spray lasts about up to an hour after application.

3. Numbness

Some men report that penile application of lidocaine actually causes numbness, and this could be for a few reasons.

  • They may simply have a high level of sensitivity to lidocaine.
  • Too much lidocaine was used in that particular instance.

The men who reported numbness were in a small sample of a small study, and it resolved within a few hours. Again, this is not common and it should go away on its own in any case.

The best lidocaine sprays for premature ejaculation

If you're interested in using lidocaine to treat premature ejaculation, there are plenty of options on the market.

Some of the most trusted names in men's health have created their own products, and many can be shipped directly and discreetly to you in the mail.

Let's take a look at the best examples.

Promescent Delay Spray

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Approved and endorsed by over 2,000 urologists, Promescent Delay Spray was developed to absorb fully into the skin. This means it can last longer after applied, but also that it has little to no chance to transfer to your partner during sex when used as directed.

It's safe to use, rigorously tested, and made in the U.S. so you can be confident it's of the highest quality for maximum orgasm control and because Promescent is delivered through a metered spray process you can be sure to get the same dosage every time.

Promescent's spray also indicates that it works within 5-10 minutes, and those extra 5 minutes can feel like a lifetime when you're wanting to jump in bed with your partner.

Being able to apply, wait minimally, and not worry about transferring the product to your partner makes this product stand out among its peers.

Stud 100 Prolonging Spray

Stud100 male genital desensitizer

One of the oldest commercial uses of lidocaine topical spray for premature ejaculation - or simply for men who want to last a long time during sex - Stud 100 was developed in the 1970s.

The starting dosage according to the manufacturer is 3 sprays, and you can work up from there. There is something to be said about a product that's been available for 50 years and counting!

Hims PEJ Spray

Hims has done a lot to remove the stigma of men's health medication for treating conditions like ED or PE.

Their no-nonsense, direct-to-you prescriptions and delivery subscriptions have changed the men's health market for years now, so it's no wonder they have their own lidocaine spray.

Easy-to-use, and highly effective, Hims PEJ spray is conveniently shipped in discreet packaging to help you get the sex life you want back into your bedroom.


There are few products that do exactly what they say they do, but lidocaine spray for premature ejaculation delivers.

Lidocaine is one of the safest, most tested, and trusted products available, and its use for PE is decades old, making it one of the best products for men's health around.

One of the most important aspects of this spray is that it's an on-demand solution. There's no real risk of long-term problems, and shy of allergic reactions, there are no real harmful side effects, either.

The many benefits of lidocaine spray

Application is easy and once you've determined the perfect dosage for you, being ready for sex will be easier than ever.

Follow the guidelines of applying at least 10 minutes before foreplay or intercourse, rubbing the spray in thoroughly.

It’s also recommended to wash your hands and wipe any residual product from the penis. This will ensure you get maximum effect and lower the chances of transferring the substance to your partner and affect their sensitivity.

It's worth noting too that for the overwhelming majority of men, lidocaine spray doesn't affect or decrease orgasm quality whatsoever.

If you want to last longer with your partner, few products exist that work as effectively and as quickly as lidocaine spray.

Even if you don't suffer from premature ejaculation, it's safe enough to use when you want to simply have a night-long romp.

And for men who do deal with premature ejaculation, lidocaine spray can save relationships, reduce anxiety related to intercourse, and make sex enjoyable for them and their partners.

With access to multiple delivery services and the fact that lidocaine spray is available without a prescription, there's no reason you shouldn't give it a try.

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Dr. Laurence Levine
Dr. Laurence Levine

​Dr Laurence Levine is a Professor of Urology and practices at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is focused specifically on Male Sexual Health and is past President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA). Dr. Levine graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he received his MD and completed his training in Urology at the Harvard Program in Boston.​