The Benefits And Side Effects Of Delay Creams & Sprays

image of several different delay sprays and creamsDelay creams and sprays are a temporary solution for premature ejaculation that appeal to many guys.

They can be especially useful if your problem is caused by physical sensitivity rather than factors like anxiety or a lack of arousal control.

Despite being an immediate and effective solution in many cases, it’s important to bear in mind that they aren’t always the perfect solution. And they can sometimes lead to side effects or practical issues which need to be dealt with.

So in this article you’ll find out more about the pros and cons of using a delay cream or spray, hopefully helping you work out if it’s the right option for you or not.

If you’ve already got your heart set on trying one, you may find it useful to check out my list of the best delay creams.

The benefits of delay creams & sprays

blackboard with the writing pros and cons of delay creams

1. An easy option which requires minimal effort

Using a delay cream is perhaps the quickest and easiest approach to dealing with premature ejaculation. All you need to do is apply it before you have sex, wait a few minutes before washing it off, and you’re good to go.

2. Use on demand

A delay cream only needs to be applied each time you have sex. So if you don’t have sex often, you don’t need to worry about continually taking something just in case. This is in stark contrast to some other treatments such as anti-depressants, which would need to be taken every day.

3. The ingredients are usually safe

The ingredients used are typically Benzocaine and Lidocaine, topical anesthetics which are generally thought to be safe for most people. Durex condoms, Promescent, Super Dragon 6000, Doc Johnson, Rock hard and Stud 100, for example, all use either of those.

Some people may have adverse reactions to a topical anesthetic cream, but it’s quite rare and most people tolerate the ingredients well.

4. Available without a prescription

Most delay creams can be bought over the counter or ordered online, without the need for a prescription. So if you’re not keen on talking to your doctor about it, this is a discreet self-help option that can avoid any potential embarrassment.

5. The numbing is usually effective

The most important question when considering a delay cream is of course whether it actually works of not. Most of them do work, and sometimes very well.

However, the numbing action is sometimes a little too strong and causes other problems, as you’ll see in the next section.

Possible issues and side effects


1. Loss of erection

One of the common side effects of delay products is too much numbing. If the cream is too strong, or you put too much on, you may end up with reduced sensation.

This can sometimes also result in difficult getting or maintaining an erection. You then have to wash off what you can, and wait for the anesthetic to wear off before trying again. Not an ideal situation in the throws of passion.

2. Loss of pleasure

Another common problem with desensitizing creams is that you effectively have a trade-off. You should last longer in bed, but you might enjoy the sensation less.

It could be argued that you have less pleasure, but have it for longer so it’s a good trade. And you also get pleasure in knowing that you’re satisfying your partner, which is of course very important.

3. Transference to your partner

Any numbing cream has the potential to cause some problems for your partner if it transfers to the, either through penetrative sex or oral.

So it’s important to follow the instructions carefully (If you bought one that doesn’t have clear instructions, have a read of my article about using delay sprays correctly).

But sometimes transference still happens for various reasons, such as getting the timing wrong or not washing it off properly. An easy way to avoid this is to use a condom, and if you have unprotected sex make sure you wash it off properly before sex.

4. Having to apply it before having sex

Depending on your personal situation, the act of applying the spray or cream can be an issue.

If you’re in a relationship, or with an understanding person, it’s probably not so much of an issue – especially if you know exactly when you’re going to have sex.

But if you’re with a new partner, or it’s spontaneous sex, it can be a bit of a passion killer to pop into the bathroom to apply it and then wait to wash it off.

My advice is to just be up front about it and make the most of that time to focus on giving your partner some amazing foreplay. Hopefully they’ll be too busy being pleasured to make you feel awkward about the cream.

5. Not a cure – the long-term cost

Desensitizing products can’t cure premature ejaculation, so if you choose to use them on an ongoing basis, you’ll have to keep buying them.

If you have the money, you might feel that it’s worth the cost. And even if you don’t have all the money in the world, the chances are you’ll still find enough for the upkeep of your sex life. But at the end of the day, the cost will add up if you have an active life between the sheets.


As you can see, there are good reasons for and against using a desensitizing product. The main positives are that they are easy to get, work quickly and you don’t have to put any effort into learning ejaculation control.

The main problems are that it’s not a cure and it can cause a loss of pleasure and erection strength.

My advice is that if you need something to help right now, it’s worth trying one to see if it suits you. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully and don’t skip the part where you wash it off before sex.

Your thoughts

Have you tried a desensitizing product before? Did it help you last longer without any issues, or did you have any difficulty using it?

And if you’re thinking of trying one for the first time, feel free to ask any questions that might be on your mind.

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  • I heard folks talking around that delay cream can extend lenght of an penis and could enlarge it Permanently at the same time if use it oftenly. Is it true?

    • Hi Zayden
      Unfortunately that’s not true. Maybe some dodgy companies will tell people their cream has some ‘special’ ingredient that can do that, but it’s simply not true.

  • Hey I have used ky duration and I think I might spray more than 10x and my penis changed what should I do?

  • Hi, my name is Peter. Please, I bought tiger delay spray for men and read the instructions but didn’t notice in the instructions if I’m suppose to wash it off before sex or not. So please, I would like to know if I’m suppose to wash it off before sex or I should ignore since it wasn’t part of the written instructions. Thank you.

    • Hi Peter
      I think it’s best to wash any desensitizing spray off before sex, just to be on the safe side and make sure it doesn’t transfer to your partner.

  • Is it necessary or very important to wash the dragon spray before sex and can it cause harm if not washed.How do we wash the dragon spray,with just water or special liquid?

    • Hi Ypee
      Yes, it’s important to give it a wash before sex so it doesn’t make your partner numb. You can use a cloth with warm water and soap. You don’t need to scrub it like it’s dirty – just a gentle wipe around the area your applied it.

  • so if i use some prolong spray & use no condom, how much possibility is their that the girl will enjoy sex. or her vagina will get numb & she don’t feel a shit.

    • Hi Aman
      Well, as long as you wait for the time the instructions tell you too, and then wash it off, she shouldn’t get numb. Just be careful not to use too much and to clean it properly, and you should be fine.

    • Hi Amir
      In my experience, Promescent is the best. It’s quite expensive though, so if you want a cheap alternative, Stud 100 isn’t a bad choice either.

  • Hi,
    I’ve been using the Dragon 6000 delay spray for a while mostly when i have a play to make. For some days now I’ve been discharging off some thick creamy fluid. I thought it was a gonorrhoea and want for a lab test only to be told I have no sign of infection!
    Since my body is very sensitive, I would like to know if these creams has other side effect which is not know yet?
    Please advice..


    • Hi Jay
      That doesn’t sound very nice at all. I haven’t heard of this spray causing problems like that before. I think it might be good to talk to your doctor about it as well as getting a lab test done. There could be something else physical causing the discharge that’s not connected to the spray.

  • Hello
    Please I have used the dragon spray once and since that time I haven’t been able to get my normal early morning erections. What do I do to get the chemicals out of my body and have my normal early morning erections.

    • Hi Mykel
      Sorry to hear the Dragon Spray seems to have affected you negatively. Usually problems like this go away on their own after a couple of days. Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg to help your body flush and recover. But it should be fine after the chemicals naturally leave your body. If it continues after a week, speak to your doctor.

    • I bought dragon spray and once I saw your comment I am shocked and wasn’t sure whether to use it. So does this happen if I don’t wash it before sex or over dosage????
      Please give me some suggestions Mykel and Ethan. Thanks in advance

      • Hi Alex
        I know this kind of story can be very worrying. Most guys are fine with these kind of sprays, and it seems to be that problems occur when they apply too much and/or leave it on too long without washing it off. And in some cases, there can be a reaction to the ingredients.
        That’s why I always recommend starting with just one spray to see how you react to it. And if you want to be really sure, test it on your forearm first to see how your skin tolerates the ingredients.

    • Hi Mykel
      The main reason is so it doesn’t transfer to your partner – especially if you don’t use a condom. If it transfers to their vagina, anus or mouth, then they could feel a numbness too, and depending on the type it is and their sensitivity to the ingredients, it could cause a burning sensation to.
      And it’s just better for you too to get rid of any excess product.

  • Hi I think the delay medicine prepared in spray, in tablet, and in cream so which one is better to use I mean has less side effect with more functional thanx.

    • Hi Sino
      My personal preference is for a spray. It’s easier than a cream to use the same amount each time, so you get the dose you need. And as for tablets, I’m just not a fan of taking pills because they have more side effects than sprays.

  • M very confused. I used or not. I can’t decide it weather it should b used or not. M 18years 10 month old year.
    What can I do? Use it or not.
    Or time to time my capacity and enhancement should and size should increase or what in the future?
    Pls tell me.

    • Hi Dev
      It’s your choice to use a delay spray or not. There’s nothing wrong with using it, and it can be very helpful. So if you’re interested, give it a go. But it’s also good to work on your sexual stamina naturally at the same time.

    • You can use it, but follow the instructions. Also remember there is probablity of lose of erection and pleasures.

    • Hi Khanyisa
      I wouldn’t personally. I can’t comment on exactly how dangerous it might be or not, and it might depend on the specific type and how it was stored. I really don’t feel like I can advise you on this – sorry!

  • My cock is very small now which medicine i use to long my penis?
    Also my penis has no such power to please a women or boy
    What medicine i use?

  • Hello
    I applied the prolong cream but after 15 min my penis feel nothing and totally numb so i washed it but nothing feel for the whole night.after 2 days i got erection but not as good no feeling not for a long time so plz tell me what to do to get rid of the affects.

    • Hi Usman
      Sorry to hear you’ve had that problem – it must be worrying for you! Hopefully the effects will go away naturally after a while – I don’t know how long, but it should wear off. If it’s still the same after another 24 hours, I’d perhaps ask your doctor about it.
      In the mean time, make sure you drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruit and veg and keep your body in as good a condition as possible to help it get rid of any chemicals that might be causing it.

  • I have used Promescent for 4 years now and it never disappoints me. The more I use it he easier it is to find the exact number of sprays. I had tried every other option out there before before finding it and it is superior in every way. I use some KY products and got a free sample of their new delay spray product to evaluate in their customer loyalty program. Just another typical Stud100 knockoff. Promescent is still far and away #1 in my experience.

    • Hi Todd
      Thanks for sharing your opinion – it’s always good to hear from readers and their experience. I know there’s some controversy with the KY delay spray apparently trying to copy promescent, so it’s interesting to hear that it might have turned out to be just another generic lidocaine spray without the absorption part that promescent has.
      I have a question for you – after 4 years of use, do you have any advice for using it well that other readers might benefit from knowing?

  • I have used this dragon spray 600 and I never know how to use it. is never sleep with a woman and I spray it in all my private part with out clean. now I feel so painful I have been to doctor to see. The answer is all is good. in over one to two years today I will go also to doctor now it as cause my white blood low

    • Hi Isibor
      Sorry to hear you had problems because of the dragon spray. I think your story illustrated why it’s important to be careful with the sprays and wash them off before and after use, and only use a small amount to start.

    • If I sprayed then it enters the penis hole then having too much irritating . Just spray paint on your left hand and take littke amount by your right hand finger and apply it on the head of the penis. Don’t apply more.

    • Hi Nana
      Not that I’m aware of, no. Though if they get it in direct contact, perhaps it might create a reaction in them. I really don’t know though as I’ve never seen anything about this happening on any delay spray manufacturer’s website on in research.

  • I used a delay cream ,worked good you have to use it only a little bit and keep some sensitivity and wash it off otherwise ur partner won’t even feel anything because they it will num them as well so I would recommend only under ur dickhead area and keep sensitivity at top

    • Hi there
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You’re absolutely right in that it’s good to use just a little to start with, and make sure you wash it off so it doesn’t transfer to your partner.

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