If you need a simple and effective way to boost your sexual stamina and regain your confidence in bed, delay sprays are a great option.

I personally had good results from using them when I most struggled with premature ejaculation. I liked the fact that you can get them discreetly without a prescription, and that they work without much effort on your part.

These are some of the main reasons why I think it’s a good idea to try one:

  • It can help you last longer by reducing the physical sensitivity during sex.
  • It’s an easy, hassle-free way to deal with premature ejaculation.
  • You can apply it quickly and subtly just minutes before having sex.
  • It can improve your confidence in bed with the increased control.

It’s worth bearing in mind that delay sprays won’t cure premature ejaculation. Nevertheless, they have the potential to make a big difference to your sex life.

1. Promescent

  • Ingredients: lidocaine 10%
  • Application: metered pump spray
photo of the standard size and trial size of promescent delay spray

In my experience, Promescent is the best delay spray currently available. It ticks every box in terms of effectiveness, reliability, and lack of side effects. It’s also one of very few that are FDA compliant.

At a time in my life when I was struggling with premature ejaculation, it helped me last between 10 and 20 minutes on average. This was a notable improvement from the usual 1 to 5 minutes.

It has a unique design in that the spray is absorbed quickly by the skin to numb the sensitivity and minimize the risk of it affecting erection strength.

The rapid absorption means you can apply it just 5 to 10 minutes before sex, and it’s less likely than other sprays to transfer to your partner. It can also be used with oral sex, and with or without a condom.

Importantly, I experienced no side effects like tingling sensations, which is often an issue with numbing sprays.

So considering the improved control that it gave me and the lack of side effects, promescent remains my personal favorite.

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2. Dynamo Delay

  • Ingredients: lidocaine 13%
  • Application: metered pump spray
dynamo delay package and one spray bottle

Dynamo Delay is made by the adult toy company ‘Screaming O’, and has the most powerful numbing of the lower-priced sprays I’ve tried.

It has the highest lidocaine content I’ve seen, with 13% USP. That will be a good thing if you’ve found in the past that you need a large quantity to get the desired effect.

But if you’re new to desensitizing or have had erection problems in the past, I’d be cautious and start with just 1 spray. It has a useful metered pump like Promescent though, which will help you get the same dosage each time.

It takes action quickly, in just 5 to 10 minutes, and there’s only a light smell, which is to be expected. It’s fine to use it for both oral and intercourse. There was some tingling, but it wasn’t a serious issue as it is with some sprays.

My only criticism is that the strong numbing can be an issue if you get the dosage wrong. I found it numbed me way too much with 3 sprays, so try not to overdo it.

Overall, if you’re looking for a reasonably priced and strong spray, Dynamo is a good choice.

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3. Stud 100

  • Ingredients: lidocaine 9.6%
  • Application: metered pump spray
photo of stud 100 spray bottle and package

Another decent low price delay spray is Stud 100, which is also FDA compliant. The difference between the many lidocaine sprays isn’t always obvious; it often comes down to some small, but important details.

Like Promescent and Dynamo, Stud 100 has a metered pump so you can apply the same amount each time. It also takes action quickly and can be used with oral sex as long as you wipe off any excess first.

I found it helped me last several minutes longer during sex. And once I got the dosage right, I found it to be an effective spray that was easy to use.

The main potential downside to be aware of is the same as all sprays – it can take some experimenting to find the right dosage. Until then, they either don’t work, or work too well and affect your erection quality or pleasure.

On the plus side, there was only a mild tingling sensation, which was tolerable. And we didn’t have any problems with it transferring to my partner.

On balance, the difference between these first 3 sprays boils down to the quantity of lidocaine and the way the spray is absorbed by the skin.

I personally use Promescent because it absorbs so well and it’s very effective. Dynamo is good if you need a stronger effect. But Stud 100 is also worth trying, especially at the low price.

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4. K-Y Duration

  • Ingredients: spray: lidocaine 9.6%. Gel: benzocaine 7%
  • Application: spray or gel depending on which you use

K-Y duration is one of very few delay products that are made by a trusted brand. They have a spray and a gel version, which is slightly confusing – both aim to do the same thing though.

I found the spray is basically the same as most of the other lidocaine sprays I’ve tried. It works well when you get the dosage right, but numbs too much with just 1 or 2 sprays too many.

I’m not sure why, but K-Y advises not to use a condom with the spray, despite having the same active ingredient as brands that don’t warn against using a condom. And that, for me, is a bit of a deal-breaker.

However, they do have a gel version, made with benzocaine instead, which is latex condom friendly. I didn’t find it nearly as strong though, and had to use many doses to get even a mild effect.

Despite that, I’ve included both in this review for two reasons. Some men are unable to use lidocaine, so this presents one of the very few benzocaine alternatives – even if it’s a mild effect.

And secondly, K-Y provide clear instructions and safety advice, which is useful when using a product on your delicate bits. Having good instructions is something that’s frustrated me in the past with less well-known companies, so I highlight this point when applicable.

A couple of final points for both versions is that they are fine to use with oral sex, and only have a faint smell. So with their relatively fast action, they are both worth trying if you’re experimenting with different sprays and gels.

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5. Fortacin

  • Ingredients: lidocaine (7.5 mg per spray), prilocaine (2.5 mg per spray)
  • Application: metered pump spray
photo of fortacin spray

Fortacin, also known as Tempe and PSD502, made headlines a few years ago when clinical trials showed it helped men last 6 times longer. An increase from 0.6 minutes to 3.6 minutes on average was widely reported in the news.

I found it worked fast – just 5 minutes is enough for it to take action. And it was definitely effective, helping me last several minutes longer.

Like the previous sprays in this review, it has a convenient metered pump to ensure similar dosage levels each time. It’s also fine to use with oral sex, and with or without a latex condom.

My main complaint is that it gives a hot tingling sensation, even with smaller doses. It’s not a deal-breaker, but I found it slightly more uncomfortable than those that only use lidocaine.

On the plus side, Fortacin has undergone more clinical trials than any other spray. It was approved as safe and effective by the European Medicines Agency, which is no easy feat.

One issue to be aware of is that it’s only available in the U.K. and some other European countries on prescription or online. You would have to check in your specific region. It’s not available in the US yet.

6. Edge Delay Gel

  • Ingredients: ginkgo biloba, ginseng, horny goat weed, velvet bean, and uncaria gambir.
  • Application: gel
photo of a tube of edge delay for men

Edge delay gel takes a somewhat different approach to the typical lidocaine delay sprays. It contains a wide range of ingredients used in different parts of the world for sexual problems like premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and low libido.

It’s also different in that it takes a long time to work – around an hour for full effect – but then lasts considerably longer than lidocaine-based sprays. I found it was still working several hours after applying it.

Since it’s a gel rather than a spray, it’s a little trickier to apply the same amount every time. And I found that even with a little too much, there’s quite a strong tingling sensation. So it’s important to be careful with how you use this one.

The actual numbing wasn’t as powerful as lidocaine sprays for me, but that might be a good thing if you’ve had issues with getting an erection because of the numbing. But on the whole, it was good enough to take the edge off the sensitivity and help me last a little longer.

A final point in its favor is that my partner and I have had no problems using it with oral or unprotected – there was no transference, smell or greasy residue.

So on balance, I personally prefer lidocaine sprays, but if you prefer to avoid those, Edge is an interesting alternative.

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