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, 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

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 and away you go.

2. You apply it just before you have sex

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, without the need for a prescription. The only exception I can think of is EMLA cream, which wasn’t designed for PE anyway.

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

Following on from the last point, unfortunately one of the common side effects of delay creams 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 no-doubt important.

But the problem can also result in weaker orgasms, or not being able to ejaculate at all. This is obviously not ideal in the long-run as you’ll soon grow frustrated by it.

3. Transference to your partner

Any numbing cream has the potential to ruin the enjoyment for your partner as well if it transfers to her. There are always instructions telling you how long to wait after applying it to avoid this. Usually no less than 10 minutes and no more than 30 minutes.

But sometimes transference still happens for various reasons, such as getting the timing wrong. An even bigger problem is transference during oral sex. For this reason it’s often advised to apply the cream and then wear a condom.

4. Having to apply it before having sex

Imagine the scenario: you’ve just been on a date with the woman of your dreams and you take her back to your place. You’re ripping each others clothes off right inside the front door.

In the steamy heat of the moment, it wouldn’t really seem appropriate to ask “do you mind if I pop into the bathroom to apply some delay cream? Oh, and can we wait 20 minutes before we go any further?”

Even if you’re cunning about it and sneak into the toilet, apply it and then engage in extended foreplay to kill time, it’s still potentially an issue.

If you have an understanding partner who you talk openly with, then it’s probably not such a problem. But for those of you who are single, dating and a bit shy it’s something to consider.

5. Not a cure – the long-term cost

Desensitizing products can’t cure premature ejaculation. So if you choose to use them on an on-going basis, you’re potentially heading for a sex mortgage.

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.


It’s a personal choice whether to use a delay cream or not; only you can decide whether it’s a good option. And you won’t know of course until you experiment to find one which suits you, the right dosage and the right timing.

As you can see from the list of potential side effects, they can potentially cause you more harm than good. If you’re still not sure whether this is the right approach, you might find it useful to read my article assessing whether desensitizing sprays or natural techniques are better.

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  • Hi, I am using Edge Delay Gel for Men 7mlfor my sex. I apply the gel one hour before sex, also I wash it off before I have sex with my wife. Just wondering if my wife give me a oral sex at that time, is that gel affecting her, if that is the case, what will happen to her? Thank you very much

    • Hi Marco
      To be honest, I’m not actually sure! It’s a non-numbing spray, so you at least know she’s not going to get a numb mouth. I don’t have this delay at the moment, so can’t check the instructions it comes with. I just took a look online, and can’t find information about using it with oral sex anywhere. Does it say anything on the instructions that came with it?

        • Ah ok, that doesn’t surprise me! Well, my advice would be to err on the side of caution if you’re not sure about the effects.

    • Hi Richard
      How long ago did you use it? If the problem continues after 24 hours, you should speak to your doctor about it.

  • I used delay dragon spray and I didn’t get a proper erection, even when I sleep and wake up no erection is found pls what should I do?

    • Hi Samuel
      That can be an effect of desensitizing sprays, unfortunately. It shouldn’t lead to you not having erections the next day or longer though, so if you continue to have problems with not getting any erections after a few days, you might want to speak to your doctor about that. But you should find you return to normal functioning quickly.

    • Hi Samuel
      Which spray did you use? Some guys will need to apply more times, so for most sprays 6 is ok if that’s what you need. Just remember to wash it off before sex, and if you experience and burning sensation, either use less next time, or use a different type.

  • hi ethan if we not follow the instruction what happened to my husband that maxman is no side effect because i worried about that thing?

    • Hi Sheila
      I don’t know a great deal about maxman, and haven’t tried it myself. I would say to follow the instructions carefully with any male enhancement product though.

  • I used tiger delay spray for intercourse but I think I used overly way too much than prescribed on the container.. after that day I’m not feeling my dick and wen it erects e head doesn’t erect so its not hard. until I touch it I don’t erect at all. not even in the mornings anymore.. what should I do

    • Hi there
      Sorry to hear this has happened. I think it’s definitely a good idea to speak to your doctor about this. I know that not sound like an awkward thing to do, but in my opinion where your penis is concerned, it’s better to get any serious problems looked at by a medical profesional just to be on the safe side.

  • Hi,
    I’ve used a condom with numbing cream in it and after that I’ve lost my erection and it was very difficult for me to get another one. Is there any alternatives to numbing products for pe?

  • Hello there ,
    My name is Dan and I am 29 years of age ,consider myself athletic,strong for my weight,agile and overall in great health of body and mind with not being previously sick from a serious illness !My question is how I can get rid of PE once for all since my normal intercourses dont last more than 2 min.I hanent tried any medical or homeoaptic way of treating it ,however I fell like I have to strenghten the muscle between the rectum and the balls sack.I do have a bad habit of scratching it for no reason and I am strating to think that because of that that muscel area becomes really week and thats way I cant hold ejaculation too long.I have started doing some kegel exercises but still havent got improvment ….Could that be the reason of my hardship.thank you very much in advance))(

    • Hi Dan
      To be honest, I don’t know if scratching that area would cause this problem. Can I ask, do you scratch it because there’s something internal or external irritating or hurting you? If so, I would mention that to a doctor to check there’s nothing going on that needs attention.
      Otherwise, in my opininon, the best way to deal with PE once and for all is through behavioral techniques. Learning arousal control and doing the start and stop technique for example. Kegels can also help, as long as you do them correctly – so I recommend checking out my articles about them for clear instructions. Delay sprays and various pills can help, but they are unlikely to cure you – you have to use them on an on-going basis. To get a better idea of the different methods you can try, I recommend having a look at my article discussing how to choose the best premature ejaculation treatment.

  • Hi,
    I am married person and my age is 30 yes, also I have a baby boy, can you suggest me any product for increase the sex timing without any side effect. Now m not good on bed. Whenever I do sex with my wife, it’s completed within 1min then I felt embarrassed so kindly suggest me any product to increase the sex timing.

    • Hi Raj
      If you want to use a product specifically, rather than learn control naturally, I recommend looking at these delay sprays and choosing one which sounds right for you, and you can get in your region.

    • Hi Pavel
      The best thing I can do it point you in the direction of my overview article of premature ejaculation, which you can read to get an idea of the main approaches to dealing with it. If you check out that article, you’ll get a better idea of the options that might suit you best.

    • Hi Sheila
      Sometimes these type of creams can cause a slight tingling or itching sensation, but usually they are ok as long as you follow the instructions.

  • I feel pains in my Penis for two day after using dragon spray
    I find It difficult when urinating

    What should I do guys?

    • Hi there
      Sorry to hear you’re having that problem, it doesn’t sound good. I think you should probably get a doctor to check that out.

  • Hi
    I have never used any delay cream or spray, today I bought Shark power cream, I am asking that when should I use it just before having sex? Or any time, and when I apply it how long should I keep it on my penis?

    • Hi Ajmal
      I haven’t used shark power cream myself, so can’t really answer your question from personal experience. I just looked it up though, and it’s sold as a penis enlargement cream, not a delay cream. Or does the one you have say something different?

    • Hi there
      Some are fine to use with oral sex, others it’s better not to. Generally, as long as you wipe off any excess with a wet cloth and wait for the time the instructions tell you to before having oral sex, you should be ok. But it’s important to check the specific product before having oral sex.

    • Hi Vishal
      Yes, that should be fine – I can’t see any reason why you can’t change the spray each day if you want to try new ones.

  • Sir,from look of things, I undrstand using of spray and cream is not helpful then what’s the natural ways of treating premature ejaculation

    • Hi papah
      I wouldn’t say it’s unhelpful – for many guys, it works great and improves their sex life immensely. However, I think it’s good to practice the natural techniques too! If you have a look around the site, you’ll find lots of articles about the natural techniques.

  • i made sex with my wife last two days ago but i didnt use condom after cream lidocaine on the glande of my penis…so i want to know if the lidocaine get problems to my wife because i used with out condom ?…and we are trying for baby. It effects on baby.

    • Hi Randy
      I’m sure your wife will be ok, but it’s best to make sure you use the cream correctly in the future. There haven’t been studies about the effects of lidcaine use and pregnancy, so it’s best to avoid using it if you’re trying to have a baby.

    • Hi tapa
      To be honest I’m not sure if there are any which the manufacturer says are safe to use while trying to get pregnant. I guess the best thing would be to try and contact directly the companies that make them.

  • I used dragon oil men spray for two times but I get fail to have sex for some reason, But on the third time when I used after 2-3 minutes I feel nothing not erecting at all
    It was really embarrassing
    do you have any idea??

    • Hi KB
      Unfortunately, desensitizing sprays can have this effect on some guys. My advice is either to try a different one or try a different type of product, such as a condom. And of course, you can always try the natural techniques as well rather than going down the desensitizing route.

  • Hello sir I wish to get large and girth penis but I am confused will u plz help with the best product, how & when to use it what is the best penis size, is there any side effects using the product, where to buy it…? Plz help me

  • Please i want to buy dragon spray 6000 if I apply it how long it lasts in my body before it disappear. For example when I apply it around 7:00 and i didn’t have sex, can I still have sex in the next 10:00 o’clock without applying again ?

    • Hi Quaresma
      It will last longer for different people, but I think 3 hours is probably too long to wait before using it.

  • Hey Ethan. I run marathons and experience massive chaffing. With my chronic allergies to an array of bandages my nips get real REAL tender. Wuld this sprey work on nips? Please hurry.

    • Hi Todd
      You could probably just get a basic lidocaine numbing cream and it would help. I’m not sure about the long-term effects of putting it regulaely on your nipples though!

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