image of several delay sprays used to assess the benefitsDelay creams and sprays are an easy and immediate solution for premature ejaculation that appeal to many men.

They can be especially useful if your problem is caused by physical sensitivity rather than factors like anxiety or a lack of arousal control.

In this article you’ll find out more about the pros and cons of using a delay cream or spray, helping you work out if it’s the right option for you or not.

And if you’ve already decided you want to try one, you might like to see my recommendations of the best delay sprays and creams.

The benefits

1. An easy option which requires minimal effort

Using a delay cream is perhaps the quickest and easiest approach to dealing with premature ejaculation. All you need to do is apply it before you have sex, wait a few minutes before washing it off, and you’re good to go.

2. Use on demand

A delay cream only needs to be applied each time you have sex. So if you don’t have sex often, you don’t need to worry about continually taking something just in case. This is in stark contrast to some other treatments such as anti-depressants, which would need to be taken every day.

3. The ingredients are usually safe

The ingredients used are typically Benzocaine and Lidocaine, topical anesthetics which are generally thought to be safe for most people. Durex condoms, Promescent, Super Dragon 6000, Doc Johnson, Rock hard and Stud 100, for example, all use either of those.

Some people may have adverse reactions to a topical anesthetic cream, but it’s quite rare and most people tolerate the ingredients well.

4. Available without a prescription

Most delay creams can be bought over the counter or ordered online, without the need for a prescription. So if you’re not keen on talking to your doctor about it, this is a discreet self-help option that can avoid any potential embarrassment.

5. The numbing is usually effective

The most important question when considering a delay cream is of course whether it actually works of not. Most of them do work, and sometimes very well.

However, the numbing action is sometimes a little too strong and causes other problems, as you’ll see in the next section.

Possible issues and side effects

1. Loss of erection

One of the common side effects of delay products is too much numbing. If the cream is too strong, or you put too much on, you may end up with reduced sensation.

This can sometimes also result in difficult getting or maintaining an erection. You then have to wash off what you can, and wait for the anesthetic to wear off before trying again. Not an ideal situation in the throws of passion.

2. Loss of pleasure

Another common problem with desensitizing creams is that you effectively have a trade-off. You should last longer in bed, but you might enjoy the sensation less.

It could be argued that you have less pleasure, but have it for longer so it’s a good trade. And you also get pleasure in knowing that you’re satisfying your partner, which is of course very important.

3. Transference to your partner

Any numbing cream has the potential to cause some problems for your partner if it transfers to the, either through penetrative sex or oral.

So it’s important to follow the instructions carefully (If you bought one that doesn’t have clear instructions, take a look at my article about using delay sprays correctly).

But sometimes transference still happens for various reasons, such as getting the timing wrong or not washing it off properly. An easy way to avoid this is to use a condom, and if you have unprotected sex make sure you wash it off properly before sex.

4. Having to apply it before having sex

Depending on your personal situation, the act of applying the spray or cream can be an issue.

If you’re in a relationship, or with an understanding person, it’s probably not so much of an issue – especially if you know exactly when you’re going to have sex.

But if you’re with a new partner, or it’s spontaneous sex, it can be a bit of a passion killer to pop into the bathroom to apply it and then wait to wash it off.

My advice is to just be up front about it and make the most of that time to focus on giving your partner some amazing foreplay. Hopefully they’ll be too busy being pleasured to make you feel awkward about the cream.

5. Not a cure – the long-term cost

Desensitizing products can’t cure premature ejaculation, so if you choose to use them on an ongoing basis, you’ll have to keep buying them.

If you have the money, you might feel that it’s worth the cost. And even if you don’t have all the money in the world, the chances are you’ll still find enough for the upkeep of your sex life. But at the end of the day, the cost will add up if you have an active life between the sheets.


As you can see, there are good reasons for and against using a desensitizing product. The main positives are that they are easy to get, work quickly and you don’t have to put any effort into learning ejaculation control.

The main problems are that it’s not a cure and it can cause a loss of pleasure and erection strength.

My advice is that if you need something to help right now, it’s worth trying one to see if it suits you. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully and don’t skip the part where you wash it off before sex.

359 thoughts on “The Benefits And Side Effects Of Delay Creams & Sprays”

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi JA
      You can choose. I think the most common way is before. But if you have problems getting an erection when it’s numbed, you could try putting it on when erect. That technique is probably better if it’s a very fast acting spray so you don’t have to try to keep the erection going while waiting for the spray to work, but without having sex. Unless you have no problem maintaining an erection, in which case it shouldn’t matter.

        1. Ethan Green

          Hi Raju
          Sorry, I haven’t tried either of those myself, so I can’t comment.

  1. Hi,
    When you apply the spray on the head of the dick, how many minutes do you have to wait before washing?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi there
      It depends on the spray. Personally, I usually spray, rub it in, wait a minute or two and then wash. Then wait the rest of the time until it’s supposed to take full effect.

  2. Hi Ethan, I used edge delay gel for fun only once on this Monday, I think I applied a bit much but look like my erection is gone for last two days, I still have sensation & orgasms but no erection. Should I just wait for gel effect to go off or see a doctor?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Kk
      Sorry to hear this has happened. I think it’s a personal choice – you could wait another day or two, or see your doctor now if you’re worried. Can I ask though – how are you having orgasms if you don’t have an erection?

      1. Hi Ethan , Thanks for your reply, what I meant was with orgasm that I still have the sensation , there was no erection but managed to get some through mastuburation . Look like gel effect is gone was bit scared though .

        1. Ethan Green

          Hi again
          No problem! I see, well as long as the effect had worn off, that’s all that matters! I know it can be a bit worrying when this kind of thing happens.

  3. Hi Ethan

    I want guidance on below 2 questions.

    1) I am using climax delay spray, can it cause me hormonal imbalance or can the use of climax delay spray affect my fertility?

    2) I am giving oral to my partner after applying climax delay spray, but before that I washed my penis correctly. But if accidentally it transfers in my partner’s mouth or in vagina while oral and intercourse then what are the possible side effects? Can it affect her fertility?

    Pls guide

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Harshad
      Honestly, I don’t know the answer to these questions. I’ve never seen serious warnings about delay sprays and hormones or fertility. However, I do know that some of the more serious manufacturers make it clear that it’s best not to use them if you’re trying to get your partner pregnant.

  4. Hi, i have been using tiger delay spray for about 8 yrs now, but recently it doesn’t work for me both in small or plenty of quantity. I totally lose my erection when I use it. I am afraid my penis is becoming “dead”

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi B.B.
      Have you ever had a good time off without using it to see if the erection improves? Maybe if you stop using it for a few weeks, you’ll see if it gets better.

  5. hi…kindly tell me how to use stud 100 or promescent….in detail….is it necessary to wash it before intercourse….and how much sprays use each time…thank u…

  6. Hi there, I used jamaican black stone and 1st time I lost my erection – it went totally dead and my performance time was embarrassing. Is this because I numbed it too much?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi there
      It’s impossible to say if it’s because you numbed it too much, or because it just doesn’t work well for you (or both!). If you do decide to try it again, I would recommend using a smaller dose. But I’d also consider other options.

  7. Matthew Ton

    What would you recommend would be best, spray or cream? I want to try them but i have unprotected sex with my wife.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Matthew
      Most companies make sprays – there are very few creams. Sprays are much easier to get the same dosage each time. It’s ok to use them with unprotected sex as long as you wash/wipe first. And avoid them if you are trying for a baby.

  8. Auwal musa ibrahim

    What is the possible side effects when you forget to wash it off and have sex?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Auwal
      For you personally, probably not very much. The issue is for your partner. If you have oral or unprotected sex, then they can get numb in places they don’t want to be numb.

    2. Than your partner would also get influenced and her pleasure would go off, for which u were using the cream, that thing is being killed by the same cream before hand. She would get numb too and wont feel any pleasure if u didnt washed it before penetrating her without a condom. So total loss.

      1. Ethan Green

        That’s the worst case scenario, yes. It’s really important to wipe/wash any excess before having sex.

    1. Ethan Green

      Nobody knows, which is why they say it’s best not to use it when trying to get pregnant, just to be safe.

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