Premature Ejaculation Spray 101: Types, Efficacy and More

The world of premature ejacualtion sprays can be confusing. If you're ready to give them a try, then let us help you choose the right one.

Dr. Laurence Levine
Expert in male sexual health, leading Urologist in USA
by Dr. Laurence Levine Last updated 03/29/2024
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Premature ejaculation Spray For Men

Looking for the best premature ejaculation spray on the market? If so, you've come to the right place.

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

After all, reaching orgasm before your partner can make for a mutually disappointing sexual experience

While premature ejaculation (PE) sprays, like Promescent, are highly effective, it’s smart to combine several tactics to improve your performance in bed.

What exactly are PE sprays?

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

Quick FAQs

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

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

Once applied, rub the spray in a circular motion on the most sensitive parts of your penis, then wait for 5 to 10 minutes prior to sexual intimacy.

What is Premature Ejaculation Spray?

The primary purpose of PE sprays is to desensitize the man’s penis during intercourse, allowing him to last longer in bed and bring his female partner to climax.

There are several things to consider when choosing the right premature ejaculation spray. Here are the most important ones:

  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 man. Too much and you run the risk of not experiencing enough sensitivity to fully enjoy it. Too little may not allow you to last long enough. 
  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 lasts longer than you, so the last thing you want to do is prolong her orgasm.

Lidocaine Spray for PE

What is lidocaine spray for PE?

It’s a useful local anesthetic meant to desensitize or numb a specific region of the body.

Lidocaine is produced in creams, sprays and oral medication forms.

Approved by the FDA in 1948 it has long since been agreed on to be one of the best topical desensitizer on the market.

Properly used, lidocaine spray for PE can lead to more enjoyable sex for you and your partner, making it easier to close the orgasm gap.

Benzocaine Spray for Premature Ejaculation

Another local anesthetic used to help manage premature ejaculation is benzocaine.

Much like lidocaine, it’s used as a topical anesthetic and has been since 1902.

It can be applied to a specific region of the body for numbing purposes.

Benzocaine is used for some of the following reasons:

  1. Toothaches: It helps to reduce pain associated with toothaches. It can help bring temporary relief until a more permanent solution is found.
  2. Sore Throats: When sore throats pay a visit, benzocaine can help to reduce throat pain.
  3. Canker Sores and Cold Sores: Topical creams containing benzocaine can help to soothe the pain until they heal up.
  4. Reduce Skin Irritation: Benzocaine is also used to help manage skin pain, irritation, and itching caused by a host of conditions. Including cuts, scrapes, insect bites and poison ivy among other ailments. 
  5. Benzocaine Climax Control Spray: Another common use for benzocaine is as a PE solution. It’s been made into wipes, gels, creams, and ejaculation spray to provide a slight numbing effect to the penis. 

Both benzocaine and lidocaine are generally tolerated quite well by most people.

Although quite rare, some individuals will experience reactions to lidocaine or benzocaine, but 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 Ejaculation Spray Work?

Premature ejaculation sprays have been shown to be effective in helping men control PE.

However, not all PE sprays are created equal.

Let's take a quick look at what sets Promescent apart from the rest:

Eutectic Method: Our patented formula contains liquid lidocaine rather ground up lidocaine crystals. This means better absorption and less chance of transferring it to your partner.

Targetzone Technology: What does this mean for you? This gives you the ability to apply the spray where you want it and nowhere else.

Metered Dose Spray: This means you can consistently rely on Promescent to always give you the same dosage amount for repeatable results.

How to Use Premature Ejaculation Spray

Using a spray for PE spray is quick and easy.

We advise men start by applying the spray to the underside of the shaft and head.

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

Pro tip: For best result, it's best to try experimenting by yourself first. We recommend 3 sprays to start, then adjust accordingly from there.

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

For best results, you’ll need to wait between 5 and 10 minutes for the spray’s full effect to set in. 

This is the ideal time for foreplay.

If you anticipate oral sex, then wipe off any residual solution with a damp washcloth as to avoid desensitizing your partners mouth.

The Best Sprays for Premature Ejaculation

What are the best PE sprays available?

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

Let's take a look at the best premature ejaculation sprays on the market today.

1. Promescent

Promescent climax control spray

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

And with over 2,200 Urologist recommendations, thousands of five-star reviews, and more than a million bottles sold, the spray speaks for itself.

Promescent works because of its unique oil-aqueous formulation, which allows  the drug to penetrate the surface of the skin and stay there.

As a result, the spray only affects the most sensitive regions of the penis instead of the whole thing, unlike some of the other products out there.

With clinical researchers, (K P Mark and I Kerner) backing the effectiveness of Promescent, it’s well worth considering.

2. Stud 100


This popular UK-based spray also uses lidocaine.

The recommended spray dosage per use is between three and 10 sprays, and there are roughly 120 sprays per bottle.

This allows the user some flexibility depending on the level of sensitivity required.

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

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

3. Verge


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

With the buzzwords “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.

Where Can You Buy PE Sprays?

One of the best routes to take when purchasing your climax control 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.

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
  2. Pharmacies: For a quicker, more convenient purchase than a supercenter, consider going to your local CVS, Walgreens or any other pharmacy close by.
  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 Pe Sprays?

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

That’s not too surprising, since everyone is different and since experiences can vary depending on the person or situation.

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

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 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 these over-the-counter premature ejaculation prevention options.

Common Side Effects

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

Although most guys can regulate this through the number of sprays they use,  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 from using too much of the spray.

Others have reported that their partner was unable to orgasm because her sensitivity was dulled, but if you use the products as directed then this concern will be kept to a minimum.

Alternatives to PE Spray

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

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 and some even have numbing agents already in the condom.
  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.

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 that you need.

Sprays Vs Creams


Another common application means for premature ejaculation products is 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 over desensitization.

The next time, you could apply too little cream and fail to prevent premature ejaculation altogether.

Lidocaine sprays are generally simpler to use, cleaner, and faster acting than creams and can give you reproducible results.

Will Spray Cure Premature Ejaculation?

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

Instead, PE 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 make for a powerful ally when you need a quick fix for your intimacy needs.


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.

Get Promescent Climax Control Spray

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.​


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