Benzocaine Condoms Review

photo of four different brands of benzocaine condom - trojan, pasante, durex mutual climax and extended pleasure

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

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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

trojan extended pleasure condom

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.

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2. Durex mutual climax / performax intense

durex mutual climax

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.

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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!

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4. Pasante

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.

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    1. Ethan Green

      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. Ethan Green

      Hi
      It’s pretty quick in my experience – just a few minutes and it will kick in.
      Ethan

    1. Ethan Green

      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

  1. 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. Ethan Green

      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

  2. 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. Ethan Green

      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

  3. 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. Ethan Green

      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

  4. 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. Ethan Green

      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

  5. Jack Symes

    Hi, can these desensitising condoms cause permanent election problems?

    1. Ethan Green

      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

  6. 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. Ethan Green

      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

  7. 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. Ethan Green

      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

  8. 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. Ethan Green

      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. Ethan Green

      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

  9. 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.

  10. 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. Ethan Green

      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 K Y Duration, I’ve avoided it thus far because of reports it’s a Promescent rip-off. But I’ll probably try it at some point in the future.
      Ethan

  11. 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. Ethan Green

      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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