Benzocaine condoms are theoretically an easy temporary solution for premature ejaculation. All you do is put one on and hopefully have sex for longer than usual.
They work by dulling the stimulation of the nerve endings on the tip of your penis. When I first heard about them, the concept made a lot of sense to me as I knew that even normal condoms helped a little.
So I decided to test the most popular brands to get a feel for how well they work or not. In this review, I’ll explain the pros and cons of using benzocaine condoms in general, as well as my thoughts on the specific Trojan and Durex benzocaine condoms.
- They’re relatively easy to use. You just put the condom on and then spread the numbing gel over your penis.
- There’s a low risk of transference to your partner.
- They can be used discreetly.
- Benzocaine is safe for most people at the concentration that you find in these condoms.
- You may find that the benzocaine reduces your pleasure during sex.
- You may find it difficult to keep an erection once the benzocaine kicks in.
- Some guys may feel some tingling or itching. However, I don’t know of any reported serious side effects from these condoms.
- It can be difficult to massage the lumps of benzocaine onto the right places once you’ve put the condom on.
Overall, delay condoms may be a useful addition to your toolbox of ways to improve your stamina in the bedroom. However, they aren’t without potential problems as you can see.
So now you have a better idea of the pros and cons of using them, let’s take a look at the 3 main types.
Durex Performax Intense
Durex Performax contains 5% benzocaine, which is more than enough to numb your penis effectively, especially when you already have some reduction in sensitivity from the condom itself.
The benzocaine is heat activated, so it only spreads when you put it on. Before you put it on you’ll see little lumps at the end of the condom, which will then melt with your body heat and some massaging.
When I tried the Durex Performax Intense I found it did help me last a few minutes longer than with a normal condom, and considerably longer than without a condom at all.
My partner could feel the extra design features of the dots and ribbing, and though it was subtle, did enjoy it. So the idea is that the condom works in two ways: it makes you last longer, and reduces how long she lasts for.
This is generally a good idea, though I’m not sure that a delay condom alone can accomplish much balancing of arousal levels.
I didn’t think the scent was particularly special, but it’s better than it smelling bad when you get it out of the packet.
So overall, I found it was an effective way to reduce the sensitivity during sex, and my partner enjoyed the ribbed sensation, finding it stimulated her more than a smooth condom.
You know with Durex that you’re getting a reliable brand of condom. So the other reasons for wearing a condom – avoiding pregnancy and any sexually transmitted infections will also be covered.
Trojan Pleasures Extended
There were two main differences that I found between the Trojan and Durex:
- Trojan only has 4% benzocaine, compared to the 5% in the Durex condom. So that’s technically 20% less desensitizing gel.
- The Trojan felt considerably thicker than the Durex. This then covers premature ejaculation from another angle since thicker condoms also help reduce sensitivity.
Like the Durex Performax, the Trojan Extended Pleasures condoms are odorless. And Trojan is also a reliable brand, so you know you’re getting solid protection from accidental pregnancy or contracting any sexually transmitted infections.
It’s not all good news though, as I found that they were a bit too good at the job. Even though the percentage of benzocaine is lower than in the Durex condom, the additional thickness seemed to add even more lasting power.
That might sound great, but it came at the expense of pleasure for both the man and the woman. These condoms may make you last longer then, but with the risk of reducing both enjoyment and erection strength.
My feeling then is that the Trojan benzocaine condoms are only better than Durex for guys who have the most severe premature ejaculation.
Benzocaine condoms can definitely be useful in the battle against premature ejaculation. You do run the risk though of having erection problems due to the combination of numbing from the anesthetic and the layer of latex on top.
If you want to try them, go for it. But don’t be too disappointed if you find they cause other problems or reduce your sensitivity a bit too much.
Where to buy
These condoms are very easy to find in most countries, often available in pharmacies, supermarkets, sex shops and many other places that stock condoms.
If you prefer to buy them online, you can probably find them on any online sex shop that delivers to your region.
And if you’re not sure which you can trust, you can find both the Durex and Trojan at my recommended online shop lovehoney.com
As well as benzocaine condoms, you also have the option of trying one of the many delay sprays available.
I also recommend learning arousal and ejaculation control using natural techniques. This is the only way to stop premature ejaculation on a permanent basis.
To find out more about this approach, there are some good sexual stamina guides which provide a clear and effective training program to follow.