Benzocaine Condoms Review: An Easy Way To Last Longer

photo of 4 types of delay condom

You might already know that the pleasure of unprotected sex can be overwhelming – especially if you struggle with premature ejaculation.

Using any kind of condom usually takes the edge off, at least a little. So the double protection of both a condom and some numbing gel inside can help even more.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the trade-off for the numbing is sometimes a significant reduction in physical pleasure. But if you have a real problem coping with the physical stimulation of sex, they can work wonders.

There are a few companies that make them, and in this review I’ll be talking about the four best ones I’ve tried.

1. Trojan Extended Pleasure

trojan extended pleasure condom

Of the four types I’ve tried, Trojan Extended Pleasure worked best for me. I’ve used them many times, and I find they do a good job of reducing the stimulation of sex, which helps me last longer.

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 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, it’s 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.

Where to buy

You can find them in many pharmacies. Personally, I prefer to order them discreetly online either from Amazon.com or my favorite adult store Lovehoney.com.


2. Durex mutual climax / performax intense

durex mutual climax

Durex make several different delay condoms. Both my partner and I prefer the Mutual Climax version, 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 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.

Where to buy

Again, they are widely sold in pharmacies. I’ve even seen them in supermarkets in some countries. You can also find them on Amazon.com and the adult store Lovehoney.com.


3. Durex Extended Pleasure

durex extended pleasures condom

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!

Where to buy

As with the other Durex, they are sold in many pharmacies. And again, you can get them from Amazon.com.


4. Pasante Infinity

pasante delay condoms

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.

Where to buy

I haven’t seen Pasante in any local pharmacies, but they are available on Amazon.com.

32 thoughts on “Benzocaine Condoms Review: An Easy Way To Last Longer”

  1. Hi, can I still feel the feeling of ejaculating? I’m afraid that I might not feel it after using these kinds of condom.

    1. Hi Bojan
      There is no way to tell, unfortunately, which is why I don’t state a specific time. It depends on the person, the sex, the reason for the lasting time problem and other factors. But if it’s purely a physical sensitivity problem, you could last half a minute longer, or many minutes longer – there’s just no way to know until you try one.
      Ethan

    1. Hi
      It’s best to avoid getting benzocaine in the mouth. Personally, I would probably avoid oral sex with these condoms because the gel tends to be quite messy.
      Ethan

  2. Hi! My partner suffers from a UTI since we had sex from a latex condom. She has troubles during urination. What could be done?

    1. Hi James,
      Has she seen a doctor about it? Usually they will prescribe medication to help with a UTI. There’s not much else I can offer to help – sorry.
      Regards
      Ethan

  3. Is it possible to get burned on the inside (edge) of your penis by using this type of condom?

    I used Durex and while having sex, I felt something very hot on the tip of my penis like poking with a needle. It was very abnormal and it was a itching so I took a look at it and there is a small scar inside. I think it must have been burned.

    I was worried if it was std but then after reading your post, I’m pretty sure it was the condom. What do you think???

    1. Hi Jack
      I’ve never heard of this happening. I guess if you’re very sensitive to benzocaine it’s possible. But for a scar to form so quickly seems unusual. Maybe there was something already there and the condom, benzocaine or sex friction irritated it. But just to be on the safe side, I would avoid benzocaine products. And if it’s still there when you read this reply, I would get a checkup anyway.
      Ethan

  4. Hey Ethan, is it recommended to have oral sex straight after having used a condom that contains benzocaine? Assuming that you don’t finish during sex.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Kobe
      Good question. Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea. One thing is the risk of transferring the numbing to your partner’s mouth. Secondly, it’s probably going to taste unpleasant.
      Ethan

  5. Anonymous

    WE found the Durex worked for us by putting the condom on 20 minutes before hand & carefully spreading around the gel in the condom. I was still able to get erect and the Hitachi vibrator is brought into play for about 5 minutes then the condom is removed after about another 10 minutes vibratory work I would reach an orgasm. After following this procedure ; once week for couple of months the delay condom was not required. Arvin

    1. Hi there
      Thanks for sharing your experience. I understand from your comment that you didn’t then use the condom for sex, just to give yourself the benzocaine numbing? Or did you keep it on for sex?
      Ethan

  6. Jack Symes

    Hi, can these desensitising condoms cause permanent election problems?

    1. Hi Jack
      Not that I’m aware of. Some readers have mentioned that they have had erection problems after using delay sprays, which usually have lidocaine rather than benzocaine. But I have never seen any research suggesting that they can cause permanent erectile dysfunction.
      I’ve been thinking recently about what it might be, as the idea of it being coincidence seems odd to me. I wonder if sometimes they cause numbing that leads to erection loss and a bad sexual experience. That perhaps kicks in some psychological effects of worrying about future erection loss and embarrassment etc. That’s just my personal feeling about it. So I would try them with a clear message in the back of your mind that if you have erection loss, it’s nothing to worry about, just the desensitizing product’s fault, and there’s nothing more to it.
      Ethan

  7. Could you effectively kill two birds with one stone and take Viagra to keep the erection and a desensitising condom to make you last longer? I worry that not feeling (or reduced feeling) would cause loss of erection

    1. Hi Bob
      Yes, you could do that I think. Personally, I’d try just viagra first though as it helps some men last longer.
      Ethan

  8. Hi and thanks for the information. I was wondering, couldn’t I just buy numbing cream and put on a condom carefully over it?

    1. Hi Tj
      You’re welcome. In theory, yes, as long as it’s a latex condom normally. I’d use a spray rather than a cream though as they absorb better.
      Ethan

  9. Thanks for the helpful review Ethan. I wanted to ask what the risk is of getting the gel on your fingers, or outside of the condom, and then transferring it to your partner?

    1. Hi Rob
      You’re welcome! That’s a good question, and I think there is a small risk and you need to be slow and careful when you put them on. Just make sure you get it on the right way round, and if you end up with any gel on your fingers, give them a good wipe or wash.
      Ethan

    1. Hi Sam
      Yes, in theory. But in my experience, the gel sometimes seems to spread to both sides of the condom. So personally, I’d probably avoid oral.
      Ethan

  10. Hi Ethan,

    Do you know of any brands that make condoms containing less benzocaine? Perhaps 2%? Trojan’s 4% made me lose my erection after about 20 minutes.

  11. Hi Ethan,

    Have you reviewed Durex performax intense, by chance? Or KY Duration as a spray? Any insight or information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Chris

    1. Hi Chris
      I have tried that condom, and need to update this article to include more info. about it – it’s in the pipeline to do! I actually really liked that condom, and my partner did too. It definitely has enough to numb you, feels good to wear and the ribbed dots feels good for her. So I’d recommend giving it a go.
      As for KY Duration, I have now reviewed it, which you can find in the delay spray section.
      Ethan

  12. Thanks for the info. I have a question though. What if the condom comes off, will the desensitizing cream go to my partner and cause a problem?

    1. Hi Jack
      That hasn’t happened to me when I’ve used them, so I can’t say from personal experience. But I imagine it is a possibility, yes.
      Ethan

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