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Premature Ejaculation Spray 101: Types, Efficacy and More

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

by Dr. Laurence Levine 13 min read


Looking for the best premature ejaculation spray on the market? If so, that’s a smart move.

When the right moment arrives, you want nothing but the best.

Most men eagerly seek a solution when they cum too soon because it can lead to disappointing sex.

Reaching orgasm before your partner can make for an unsatisfying mutual sexual experience.

Although premature ejaculation (PE) can feel isolating, it’s believed to be the most commonly experienced type of sexual dysfunction.

Up to 30% of men worldwide may be affected by it at some point in their lives.

This isn't too surprising.

After all, women take an average of 17 minutes to climax compared to the average of 5.5 minutes for men.

It's pretty easy to see how there could be an 'orgasm gap'.

When searching for a solution, it’s smart to combine several tactics to improve your performance in bed.

For an increasing number of guys, PE spray is a highly useful strategy to have available

What exactly is PE spray?

Here’s a few of the most commonly asked questions about them.

Quick FAQs

 Delay sprays like Promescent® have been shown effective in helping men to counteract premature ejaculation. However, not all delay sprays are equally effective or made with quality ingredients.

The most common delay spray side effect is more numbing of the penis than desired.

It is advised for men to rub after applying the spray in a circular motion over the surface of the glans and the underside of the shaft until absorbed. Wait 5 to 15 minutes prior to sexual intimacy.

What is Premature Ejaculation Spray?

The primary purpose of PE spray is to slightly desensitize the man’s penis during intercourse. This allows the man to last long enough to bring his female partner to climax.

Several components make for a high-quality delay spray.

  1. Effective Spray Technology. Provided the spray applicator is well-made, users get the right amount of desensitizer evenly dispersed on the penis when using a spray.
  2. Just Enough Desensitizer for the Man. You want the ideal balance of desensitizing effect as a guy. Too much desensitizer will result in lasting too long and possibly not experiencing enough sensitivity to fully enjoy the moment. Too little desensitizer may not allow you to last long enough. For that reason, the perfect amount of desensitizer is crucial.
  3. Little to No Carry-Over to the Female. Also critical is that the female partner experiences no desensitizing effects from your PE spray. She already likely lasts longer than you and has little reason to delay her orgasm. If the female experiences a loss of sensation, it defeats the purpose of helping the man to last longer during intimacy.

Lidocaine Spray for PE

What is lidocaine spray for PE?

Lidocaine takes on several brand names. It’s a useful local anesthetic meant to desensitize or numb a specific region of the body.

Lidocaine is produced in several forms and is used for a variety of medical purposes. A liquid lidocaine solution can be injected during surgery.

It also is produced in cream, spray and oral medication forms.

Common uses for lidocaine include numbing the mouth or throat before medical procedures and skin patches for topical pain relief.

Lidocaine is also beneficial as a topical anesthetic—when numbing of the skin makes the most sense.

Lidocaine has a long successful history since the FDA approved it for market use in 1948. It's a widely agreed-upon desensitizer for various parts of the body. Lidocaine is considered both effective and safe.

Sold over-the-counter in the US, lidocaine provides skin numbing effects for several health needs.

One of its valuable uses is helping men to delay orgasm if the proper amount is applied.

Since lidocaine can temporarily provide slight numbing to the penis, this can help guys hold out better during intimacy.

Common products that contain lidocaine aimed at treating premature ejaculation include Promescent Climax Control Spray and Stud 100.

Some condom brands also include a touch of lidocaine on the inside to help men last longer in bed.

Properly used, lidocaine PE spray can lead to more enjoyable sex for you and your partner, making it easier for you both to climax at the best time.

Benzocaine Spray for Premature Ejaculation

Another local anesthetic used to help manage premature ejacualtion is benzocaine. Much like lidocaine, it’s used as a topical anesthetic. It can be applied to a specific region of the body for numbing purposes.

Benzocaine also has a long history of safe use dating back all the way to 1902. Benzocaine is used for some of the following reasons:

  1. Toothaches. It helps to reduce pain associated with toothaches. Just like lidocaine, benzocaine can’t permanently erase or cure pain. It can bring temporary relief until a more permanent solution is found.

  2. Sore Throats. When sore throats, usually associated with the common cold and other seasonal ailments pay a visit, benzocaine can help to reduce throat pain. Chloraseptic sprays and Cepacol lozenges are some of the more regularly used products to manage throat discomfort.

  3. Canker Sores and Cold Sores. Just about everyone has experienced these painful sores. Topical creams containing benzocaine can help to soothe the pain until they heal up. A common brand name used to assist with this is Orajel.

  4. Reduce Skin Irritation. Benzocaine is also used to help manage skin pain, irritation, and itching caused by a host of conditions. That could include cuts, scrapes, insect bites and poison ivy among other ailments. Most households are quite familiar with the brand name Lanacane, which can be bought over-the-counter as a soothing cream or gel.

  5. Benzocaine Delay Spray. Another common use for benzocaine is as a PE solution. It’s been made into wipes, gels, creams, and ejacualtion spray to provide a slight numbing effect to the penis. This, in turn, helps those struggling with premature ejaculation to delay climax during intimacy. Common products that contain benzocaine include Verge and Mandelay. Like lidocaine, some brands of condoms also include benzocaine inside to slightly reduce sensitivity with the goal of delaying orgasm.

As local anesthetics, both benzocaine and lidocaine are tolerated well by most people. Adverse reactions are quite unusual.

Still, some individuals do experience reactions to lidocaine or benzocaine.

Just because one of them causes a reaction doesn't necessarily mean the other will.

For instance, if benzocaine causes a problem, lidocaine can often be substituted or vice versa.

Does Premature Ejacualtion Spray Work?

Premature ejacualtion sprays have been shown effective in helping men to counteract premature ejaculation.

Having said that, you don't want to choose just any spray for premature ejaculation.

Not all PE sprays are equally effective.

The wrong PE spray can make intimacy more difficult in some scenarios.

For instance, an inferior spray nozzle or product could cause too much or too little desensitizer to be distributed.

This can throw off the delicate balance of climax for both partners.

Provided the spray chosen is one of the go-to sprays in the industry, however, these concerns should be minimal.

Top-of-the-line PE sprays have been found highly effective for helping men last longer during sex. The result can be a previously frustrating sexual experience that transforms into regularly fulfilling intimacy.

How to Use Delay Spray

Using a spray for premature ejaculation is quick and easy.

I advise men to start by simply spreading over the entire surface of the glans and the underside of the end of the shaft 5 to 15 minutes prior to sexual intimacy.

After that, rub in the spray in a circular motion until it’s absorbed into the penis.

At first, you may need to experiment to see how many sprays it takes for you to achieve the best results. However, it’s recommended that you try 3 sprays when using this product for the first time.

If it doesn’t turn out to be enough desensitizing spray, you can always add to your dose in the future. Also, remember to stay within the instructions set forth by your product.

Every guy is different in terms of the number of sprays they need to balance out sensitivity. After you figure out your dosage, it’ll be easier to know the exact amount of delay spray you need in the future.

If you anticipate having oral sex then simply wipe off any residual solution with a damp washcloth.

That way, you’ll avoid leaving any additional residue on your skin that could desensitize your partner.

One common mistake for those using a delay spray for the first time is assuming it'll work right away.

For best results, you’ll need to wait between 5 and 15 minutes for the spray’s full effect to set in.

Because of that, it’s beneficial to hold off a few minutes before foreplay or sex.

The Best Sprays for Premature Ejaculation

What are the best delay sprays available?

That’s an important question to ask since there are so many options out there.

What follows are some of the best all-around desensitizing sprays to consider.

1. Promescent

Promescent climax control spray

Promescent delay spray is in high demand because it delivers consistent results.

An IRB-certified clinical study found that men who use this delay spray can last longer during sex.

Here are the results of one study focused specifically on Promescent delay spray.

And with thousands of five-star reviews and more than a million bottles sold, the widespread demand for this spray speaks for itself.

Promescent works because of its unique formulation which allows for the drug to penetrate the surface skin and stays there where the nerves are - so the surface can be wiped off and yet the drug remains active where we want it.

This allows you to have your release only when you and your partner are ready. The solution also helps to prevent your partner’s sensitivity from being dulled.

Promescent uses lidocaine as its active ingredient in an oil-aqueous form.

As a result, the spray only affects the most sensitive regions of the penis instead of the whole thing.

Many other desensitizing products affect the sensation of the entire penis instead of having the ability to be more localized.

With clinical research, (K P Mark1,* and I Kerner2) that backs the effectiveness of Promescent’s delay spray, it’s well worth considering.

It’s also recommended by more than 2200 healthcare professionals and Urologists just in the US.

2. Stud 100


This UK-based delay spray also uses lidocaine. Each metered pump spray consists of roughly 10 mg of product.

The recommended spray dosage per use is between three and 10 sprays.

This allows the user some flexibility depending on the level of sensitivity required. Each container consists of roughly 120 metered pump sprays.

Stud 100 has been sold for nearly 50 years and continues to be a go-to desensitizer for men struggling with cumming too early.

Besides online, you’ll find this delay spray available in a variety of outlets including adult stores and pharmacies.

And although the spray is manufactured outside of the US, it still meets all FDA desensitizing spray standards.

3. Verge


ASTROGLIDE Verge is another delay spray with a solid track record.

With the buzzwords of, “Go Further, Longer,” on the front of the box, this product typically includes 72 sprays per container.

Unlike Promescent and Stud 100, Verge uses benzocaine instead of lidocaine as its active desensitizing ingredient.

Here’s how ASTROGLIDE promotes its product:

“Remember, nice guys finish last—and they have more fun in the process. Push the boundaries of pleasure together with Verge prolonging spray.”

Where Can You Buy PE Sprays?

One of the best routes to take when purchasing your delay spray is to shop online. You’ll find far more available options than you would at your local retailer without ever having to leave your home.

Having said that, online ordering won’t help you much if you need a desensitizing spray now.

If you need a delay spray available within a few hours, having it shipped to you several days or a week later isn’t going to help much.

The good news is there are several business types that are likely to carry delay spray products.

Here are a few of the more likely places to find what you need.

  1. Supercenters: For starters, you can try your local Target or Walmart. Other larger grocery store chains with a sizable personal care product section should also carry delay sprays.

  2. Pharmacies: For a quicker, more convenient purchase than a supercenter, consider going to your local CVS, Walgreens or any other pharmacy close by. There’s a good chance you’ll find some delay sprays in stock.

  3. Other Possibilities: If you need another option, consider other local stores with a respectable personal care section or try an adult store.

What Do Other Users Think About Delay Sprays?

As with every imaginable product and service on the market, you’ll find a variety of positive, mediocre and less-than-great reviews.

Since everyone is different and since experiences can vary considerably depending on the person, that’s not too surprising.

Of course, you’ll feel far more comfortable purchasing a product if the reviews are predominantly good instead of negative.

The following is an example of both negative and positive reviews out there about PE sprays.

Before purchasing a delay spray, it’s always wise to compare the reviews of several products.

Positive Reviews for PE Sprays

Here’s an excerpt from one of the many five-star reviews out there for Promescent Climax Control Spray.

This particular one was posted by Michael Smith:

"I am not one to review this sort of product but I felt it deserved one after my first use. This stuff works! Like, it actually freaking works. I had two concerns about this product.

  1. Will it ruin her experience?
  2. How and where am I supposed to spray?

Both concerns were quickly put to rest.”


Here’s another five-star review by Benjamin entitled, ‘This definitely works!!!!’:

“I usually climax within 30 seconds after penetration. I was not 100% sure when I bought this product. But after I tried it for the first time, I took more than five minutes to ejaculate. I increased the number of sprays to eight, and now I can keep going for more than 10 minutes.”


Negative Reviews for PE Sprays

Although there are many positive reviews for Promescent’s Climax Control Spray, here's a negative one by Anonymous1.

The review is entitled ‘Couldn’t Get an Erection’:

“I have NEVER had a problem with erectile dysfunction before, but there was no way I could get erect after applying three sprays ten minutes prior. How embarrassing and terrible! I'm glad for others, but I for one will never again put lidocaine on my penis unless I'm having surgery.”

This review brings up an important point. Although Promescent’s Climax Control Spray offers an effective solution for most PE strugglers, not every user’s sensitivity level is alike.

I would also note that this customer could have tried less than 3 sprays as he may be very sensitive to lidocaine and may simply do better with 1-2 sprays.

The newer user could experience an undesirable side effect. Thankfully, these occurrences are rare and don’t pose any long-term health concerns. And as shared earlier, the safety of lidocaine is well-documented.

Let’s take a look at some of the more common side effects associated with delay sprays next.

Delay Spray Side Effects

The most common delay spray side effect is more numbing of the penis than desired.

Although most guys can regulate this through the number of sprays they use before intimacy, it’s possible that some may still experience more numbing than they want.

A less-likely side effect as mentioned in the above review is the slight possibility for situational erectile dysfunction after using a delay spray.

Besides these side effects, some also report that their female partner was unable to get an orgasm because her sensitivity was dulled.

By choosing one of the best delay sprays on the market and using it as directed, this concern will be kept to a minimum.

Alternatives to PE Spray

Although PE sprays are considered one of the most dependable on-demand methods to delay orgasm, there are several other options out there too.

First, desensitizing products are available as sprays and wipes. And, as mentioned earlier, some condoms also include desensitizing properties inside them.

Here are a few other possibilities:

  1. Condoms: Since any condom will reduce sensation to some degree, they can help guys last longer in bed. If you don’t have a PE spray on hand when you need it, this could do the trick.

  2. Oral medications: In some cases, doctors can prescribe oral medications to help with your PE symptoms.

  3. Exercise and Diet: Over time, exercise, a healthy diet, and a Kegels regimen can help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, giving you more control.

  4. Get a Release Before Sex:Another way to last longer bed is to ejaculate before anticipated sex.

Sprays Vs Wipes

One of the key motivating factors of which desensitizer you choose will be the means of application. Do you find sprays more suitable to your preferences or wipes?

Both premature ejaculation wipes and sprays do a decent job of providing a uniform distribution of numbing components.

One major way sprays excel over wipes is you can experiment to determine the best dosage of desensitizer.

In other words, you have more control over how much or how little desensitizer works best given the unique sexual needs of you and your partner.

Arriving at the correct desensitizing dosage is more difficult with wipes.

Sprays Vs Creams


Another common application means for premature ejaculation products are creams.

While creams can contain adequate desensitization ingredients, they're a bit more difficult to be precise and consistent with the amount you apply.

One time, you could apply too much cream, leading to more numbing than you intended. This could cause decreased sensitivity for you and your female partner.

The next time, you could apply too little cream or fail to evenly disperse it, possibly failing to prevent premature ejaculation.

For this reason, sprays make an excellent choice when you want to apply the perfect amount of desensitizer.

You’ll get the consistent results you need instead of possibly having some unwanted surprises.

The inexact application provided by creams can sometimes add to frustrations instead of taking them away.

In particular, lidocaine sprays are generally simpler to use, cleaner and faster acting than lidocaine creams.

Will Spray Cure Premature Ejaculation?

Delay sprays are not meant to cure the underlying causes of premature ejaculation, however, having success with this therapy can reduce anxiety.

This can certainly lead to more success and may make it so that the solution may be needed less over time

Instead, delay sprays should be seen as an on-demand solution to a perplexing problem.

It still makes sense to get to the bottom of why early ejaculation is occurring. In the meantime, sprays makes for a powerful ally when you need a quick fix for your intimacy needs.

The spray is only meant to help during the immediate moments of intercourse. Each time you want the benefits of this product, you’ll need to reapply the desensitizer.


Hopefully this info was helpful as you decide on the best PE spray for you and your partner.

Your next best step is to try a desensitizing spray that catches your eye. It may be just what you need to last longer in bed.

And if you don’t get the results you hoped for, the great news is you have plenty of other available options.

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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.​