As you probably know if you’re reading this article, the physical pleasure of sex can be overwhelming.
So if it’s overwhelming to the point of having premature ejaculation, it might help to reduce how much physical stimulation you have to endure.
There are various ways to do that, with some popular over the counter options being sprays and condoms that contain numbing ingredients like benzocaine or lidocaine.
Using a standard or thicker condom might help take the stimulation down a notch. But a condom that contains numbing gel can buy you even more time.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the trade-off for the numbing may be a significant reduction in physical pleasure. But in my experience, it can be a worthwhile trade as long as the reduced sensitivity doesn’t affect your ability to get an erection or enjoy sex.
Some men will find this is an effective option; others might find the numbing too much. But these condoms are fairly inexpensive, so it’s not a bad idea to try them before spending money on more expensive sprays or other treatments.
Durex and Trojan are the main manufacturers of delay condoms, so I’ll be focussing on those in this review. Both are good options, so perhaps experiment to see which works best for you.
1. Trojan Extended Pleasure
Of the four types I’ve tried, Trojan Extended Pleasure probably worked best for me. I’ve used them many times, and I find they do a good job of reducing the stimulation of sex.
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 a bit odd.
The condom is also larger than the others, so if you ever find them uncomfortably tight around the base of your penis, this one will be a good option for you.
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.
2. Performax intense
It contains 5% benzocaine, which is a little more than 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 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 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 issue 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 Prolong
Durex extended pleasure also contains 5% benzocaine, the same as the Performax intense. It also has a ribbed design to provide your partner with extra stimulation.
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.
The main difference between this one and the Performax Intense seems to be the thickness. The Intense version are, well, more intense as they are slightly thinner. So I think Prolong condoms would be better if you want all the help you can get – thicker shield, benzocaine, and ribs for her pleasure.
When I’ve tried them, they definitely help me last a few minutes longer than with a normal condom, and considerably longer than without a condom at all. So on balance, I think it’s worth experimenting with both Durex delay condom versions to see which works best for you personally.