Benzocaine condoms are a simple, though temporary, way to deal with premature ejaculation. They work by reducing the sensitivity of your penis, thanks to the addition of a small amount of benzocaine to the inside.
In this review, I’ll briefly look at the pros and cons of using delay condoms in general. And then discuss the four types I’ve tried.
Points to consider
- It’s an easy and no-fuss way to deal with premature ejaculation.
- There’s a low risk of transference to your partner (unless you put it on the wrong way round!)
- Benzocaine is safe for most people at the concentration used.
- Fewer side effects than medication.
- The benzocaine can reduce some of the pleasure of sex.
- Some men find it affects erection strength.
- You might feel a hot or tingling sensation.
Although this style of condom might not be right for everyone, in my experience they work pretty well. So it’s an option to consider if you’re looking for a simple way to last longer during sex.
So now you have a better idea of the pros and cons of using them, let’s take a look at some specific brands.
1. Trojan Extended Pleasure
Of the four different delay condoms I’ve tried, Trojan Extended Pleasure is my personal favorite.
Even opening the condom packet is easier than the others. It has a paper feel rather than the fiddly metallic material, and you can open it quickly and easily, which isn’t always the case with condoms.
It contains 4% benzocaine, which is evenly spread inside the tip of the condom. Some other brands use ‘blobs’ of heat-activated gel, which looks weird.
The condom is also larger than the others, so if you ever find them uncomfortably tight around the base of your penis, it’s a good option for you.
I’ve used this condom many times, and I find it does a good job of reducing the stimulation of sex and helps me last longer.
Importantly though, it doesn’t numb me so much that I can’t enjoy sex. My partner also has no problems with the condom, says there’s no odor and that it feels like a normal condom to her.
The only potential issue particular to this condom is that it feels quite wet out of the packet. You do end up with slightly slippy fingers after putting it on, so might want a tissue or towel nearby.
Overall, I’m a fan of Trojan Extended Pleasure. It’s a reliable brand, easy to use and works well. And that’s all you really need from a benzocaine condom.
2. Durex mutual climax / performax intense
Durex make several different delay condoms. Both my partner and I like the Mutual Climax version most, which has now been rebranded as Durex Performax Intense.
It contains 5% benzocaine, which is a little more than the Trojan’s 4%. I couldn’t personally tell the difference between the two in terms of how strong the numbing was though.
The other main feature of the Durex is the idea of raising your partner’s arousal by including dots and ribs to stimulate them more.
The idea then is that the condom both helps you last longer and stimulates them more. So hopefully you’ll both have a better chance of reaching climax together.
My partner definitely feels the extra stimulation and enjoys it a lot. I don’t think it’s enough on its own to ensure mutual climax, but it’s a nice idea and fun to experiment with.
Like the Trojan, the condom numbs me enough to last longer, that much is for sure. And again, the loss of sensitivity is noticeable, but not so much that I don’t enjoy sex.
The main let down, for me personally, is that the benzocaine is heat activated. So when you open the pack, it has blobs of gel that only melt when you put it on.
Admittedly it’s less slippy to use than Trojan. But it looks and feels a little unusual, especially if you’re with a new partner.
3. Durex Extended Pleasure
Durex extended pleasure also contains 5% benzocaine, the same as the mutual climax / performax intense.
The major difference is that this is a ‘normal’ straight condom, with no ribs or dots to provide your partner with a little extra fun.
Again, 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’ve tried them, they do help me last a few minutes longer than with a normal condom, and considerably longer than without a condom at all.
I do think the mutual climax is a better option though, unless your partner really doesn’t like ribbed condoms. The concept of slowing you down and speeding them up is a good one, so my partner and I prefer to take all the extra help we can get!
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Pasante delay condoms contain lidocaine rather than benzocaine, which is an important difference.
It only actually has 1% lidocaine, which is quite a small amount if you compare it to the 10% found in desensitizing sprays. I imagine that’s because it will be in constant contact with your skin rather than sprayed once and then wiped off.
Having said that, I wasn’t overly impressed with the numbing effect. It did reduce the sensitivity a little, but not as much as the others.
So I think that it’s perhaps one to try if you’ve either found the benzocaine has too strong an effect, or if you prefer lidocaine to benzocaine for practical reasons.
On a physical note, the Pasante felt the tightest of the condoms, which will suit some men more than others.
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