Toothpaste to Last Longer in Bed: Does it Work?

You may have heard about people using toothpaste to last longer in bed. Does it work and is it safe?

Dr. Wayne Hellstrom
Board Certified Professor of Urology, past ISSM & SMSNA President
by Dr. Wayne Hellstrom Last updated 12/07/2023
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Burning peppers to signify a burning penis after trying to use toothpaste to last longer in bed

We get it, everyone wants to last longer in bed.

Even if you're gifted with a superhuman constitution, you probably still think you could go a few minutes longer.

You might have seen articles and videos suggesting the toothpaste on penis strategies for premature ejaculation.

These posts claim that putting toothpaste on your penis makes you last longer in bed.

So, based on this, should you put toothpaste on your penis, for any reason?

Quick FAQs

While there are numbing agents in some toothpaste, you should never put toothpaste on your penis for any reason.

You can experience anything from redness and irritation to burning and scarring.

There are a number of proven and safe products that you can use to last longer. For instance, Promescent Desensitizing Wipes or Spray can help you last longer, without the burning or scarring.

No, if you have ED you should probably talk to your doctor as ED is often a symptom of a much more serious cardiac issue.

Is it safe to put toothpaste on my penis? No!

It probably isn't a shock to you, but no, you shouldn't put toothpaste on your junk.

Men who have listened to junk science and applied toothpaste down below actually risk a mild burn. 

While we understand the desire to last longer in bed, there are so many safer and better options than toothpaste.

Pro Tip: One option that is much safer and a far more effective way to last longer in bed is with Promescent PE Wipes and PE Sprays.

One pharmacist, James O'Loan, is speaking out against this bizarre and dangerous trend.

Dr. O'Loan from Doctor 4 U online has railed against this trend in the British media, going on record about how dangerous it is.

Dangers of Putting toothpaste on your penis

The dangers of putting toothpaste on your penis

The potential dangers of using toothpaste to help you last longer in bed include, but are not limited to:

  • Redness and pain, as well as blisters if left on too long
  • Extreme sensitivity, and a mild burn as well
  • Long-term scarring
  • Inflammation of the urethra if you're unlucky enough to get toothpaste down there

The reason it's so extremely irritating to sensitive skin is because of the chemicals in toothpaste, including:

  • Peppermint oils
  • Bleaching agents
  • Micro-abrasives

None of these are things you want near your penis in any world and for any reason.

If any of that got into your urethra, the swelling alone would be excruciating and could require medical intervention.

Basically, don't trust YouTube videos - do some research and use real products designed to treat premature ejaculation.

Percentage of men that suffer from premature ejaculation

For premature ejaculation, just remember that it's very common - at least 30% of men deal with it at some point

So, as we said - very common. Put the toothpaste down.

Are there alternatives to putting toothpaste on my penis? Yes!

Man happy that there are alternatives to putting toothpaste on your penis to last longer

If you're looking for something to combat premature ejaculation, there is a wealth of safe and effective treatments available.

You'll be happy to know that none of them involve rubbing toothpaste on any part of you, either.

Delay sprays

This treatment uses a mild desensitizing spray that makes your nerves less sensitive.

Because premature ejaculation is usually caused by oversensitivity in the nerves of the penis, delay spray is highly effective.

Simply spray a dose on your penis and rub it in, about 10 minutes before you expect to have sex.

Do one dose to start and see if you need more - you don't want to totally numb yourself.

If you need more, it's safe to add more and find exactly where you need to be.

The best part of delay spray is that there are no long-term risks associated with it.

You can use it as often as you have sex. 

Delay wipes

Like a delay spray, these desensitizing wipes apply a mild agent that desensitizes the penis.

Wipes are nice because they're discreet in a way that a canister of spray can't be.

Sprays do tend to be more effective and it's up to you to decide which you prefer, as both are proven effective to treat PE.

Should I see a doctor about my premature ejaculation?

Premature ejacualtion doctor sitting at desk

PE is usually never due to a health problem, at least to the level that ED can be. That said, your doctor can still help you find the right solution.

While delay wipes and sprays work great, there can be underlying causes of PE that should be addressed as well:

  • Many mental health drugs cause premature ejaculation as a side effect. Conversely, they can also make it extremely difficult to reach orgasm. These side effects can be mitigated or avoided by finding a different medication.
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression when untreated can cause PE.
  • Other medications can make your nerves overly sensitive and can cause PE.

Again, the conditions that might contribute to PE are rarely dangerous, but they can make your life difficult.

If anxiety is causing PE, and you're having anxiety about PE, then you're on the cusp of a spiral.

You should definitely speak with a counselor or a GP for any sexual dysfunction you happen to have.

Will putting toothpaste on my penis help with erectile dysfunction?

No, if you're experiencing ED, especially along with shortness of breath or other cardiac issues, you need to talk to your doctor.

Over 50% of men who experienced cardiac problems had ED as a precursor.

Because of the restriction of blood flow that cardiac problems cause, the first areas affected are usually extremities.

70 percent of men experience some form of ED as a precursor to heart problems

You'll see this in your hands or feet as well if you have chronic blood flow constriction - tingling in the fingers and toes is common.

The tell-tale numb and tingly arm as a sign of a heart attack is because of acute restriction of blood flow from a clot.

If you're older, have a history of heart disease, or several risk factors for heart disease and you're experiencing ED, see your doctor.

Other reasons to see your doctor if you have ED are:

  • You have diabetes
  • You're dealing with mental health problems, like anxiety or depression
  • You're taking medicine for anxiety or depression - these medications can cause ED and PE
  • The ED is occurring at the same time as a high degree of stress, like with a major life change
  • You have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or other health problems

For many men, erectile dysfunction can act as a canary in a coal mine, alerting them to a growing problem before it's too late.

Pro Tip: Get generic ED meds online from Promescent.

If you don't have a medical or psychological reason for ED, then it's likely a trip to your health care professional is necessary.


Warning sign for putting toothpaste on your penis 

As you can see, there are many options for treating PE and ED and none involve minty spreads on your penis.

Invest in an actual solution and stop watching YouTube videos, unless they have cats.

Oils and other chemicals in toothpaste are great for your teeth and polishing silver, but that's about as adventurous as you should get.

If you're dealing with PE, then delay sprays and wipes is your best bet.

The sprays and wipes are affordable and available to order discreetly online.

They are proven safe, highly effective, and simple to use.

What's even better is that the longer you use them, the more effective they are.

And last but certainly not least, is that, these sprays and wipes, when used correctly, don't transfer to your partner.

Dr. Wayne Hellstrom

Dr. Wayne Hellstrom

Dr. Wayne Hellstrom is a board-certified Professor of Urology and Chief, Section of Andrology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He works as a urologist at Tulane University, University Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in New Orleans. Wayne received his MD from McGill Medical School followed by a residency there in General Surgery. He completed a residency in Urology at UC San Francisco, and an AUA scholar-funded fellowship in Andrology at the UC Davis. Dr. Hellstrom is the past President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the International Society of Sexual Medicine. He has authored or coauthored over 100 book chapters and more than 500 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.


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