Edge delay gel contains a wide range of ingredients borrowed mainly from Eastern medicine and intended to help men delay ejaculation.
I found it reduced some sensitivity and helped me last longer during sex. However, it takes an hour to work and does give a bit of a tingling feeling. It has the bonus of lasting a long time itself though, which is good for extended sex sessions.
If you don’t want to use lidocaine or benzocaine – the most common ingredients of delay sprays – Edge is an alternative that will potentially help some men.
- Reduces sensitivity
- Alternative to lidocaine
- Works for a long time
- No smell
- Ok for oral
- Can use with or without a condom
- Need to apply an hour before sex
- Tingling sensation
- Not a cure for PE
- Hard to get the right amount of gel
- Lack of information about the manufacturer or the ingredients used
My experience using Edge
I picked up a tube of Edge delay gel from Amazon, ready to put it to the test with my partner to see how it compares with the many lidocaine sprays I’ve tested.
As you’ll see later in the review, Edge has a huge combination of ingredients, so I had no idea what effect and/or side effects it might have.
My first impression was that the tube was small, and even with a ‘delicate’ squeeze, a big blog came out when I first opened it. I think mainly because the gel is on the runnier side, and I wasn’t expecting so much to come out.
I rubbed a bit into my forearm and waited 30 minutes first to see if there was any skin reaction. I always like to do that before rubbing weird gels or sprays into my penis head. Sensible caution, I think.
That was fine though, so I went ahead and squeezed what seemed like a smaller and more reasonable quantity onto my finger and then rubbed it into my penis head.
I started to wait for the 60 minutes the instructions advise. However, after around 15 minutes, I felt a tingling sensation. So I decided to wash it off, based on my experience with other desensitizing products.
My partner and I then spent 30 minutes enjoying each other’s company in bed. I could feel the tingling still, but it wasn’t too bad.
Fine for oral sex
My partner gave me some oral, and told me there was no smell and no taste to the gel. That’s not usually the case with lidocaine sprays, which tend to have a faint smell at the very least. So that’s definitely a plus point for Edge .
A little numbing and longer sex
While receiving oral, I only noticed a mild level of reduced sensitivity. And when we had sex there was no real change in the numbing.
The packaging actually says ‘non-numbing’ yet it’s expected to help you last longer. I’m not entirely sure how a topical gel that’s applied to your penis is supposed to help you last longer without any form of physical numbing. And as I said, I do think there was some light numbing.
In terms of time, I think it perhaps gave me a little extra control, but nothing out of this world. So it looks like I was going to have to leave it on longer next time to see the difference that might make.
The second test
The next day, I was more careful with the gel, though still got more than I wanted coming out of the tube. It’s not ideal when it’s only a small tube to begin with, and I wondered how much you would waste in the long term.
I rubbed it in and this time waited for the full hour. There was a hot tingling sensation from around 30 minutes onwards. I wouldn’t say burning, but it wasn’t very pleasant either.
This time there was a noticeable amount of numbing compared to the first day. However, I could still feel some stimulation, so I was relatively impressed with how it was working.
A few minutes longer
This time I did last several minutes longer than usual. I no longer have serious premature ejaculation though, so it was a case of adding more minutes to what’s already a reasonable lasting time.
Interestingly, the gel itself seemed to last for a very long time – It took several hours to completely wear off.
Would it help someone with severe premature ejaculation last several minutes longer though? I’m not entirely sure, to be honest. The numbing isn’t the most powerful I’ve felt, so I think it all depends on just how much your problem is caused by physical sensitivity.
I tested it one final time to try to get the balance right between the amount applied, how long to wait, and when to wash it off to reduce the tingling sensation.
This time I waited 30 minutes and washed, then waited for another 30 minutes. Again, the tingling was kind of off-putting while I waited. And the effect wasn’t quite as strong as the second test.
So for me, I think you either need to accept a mild effect or tolerate the discomfort. And since the manufacturer recommends discontinuing if you feel that way, it’s a mild effect or nothing.
If physical sensitivity is an issue for you, but you don’t want to use lidocaine or benzocaine, Edge is one to consider, though still not the best option.
I found it helped me last longer, and there was definitely some numbing. You can use it with oral sex and we had no problem with transference, which is always a bonus.
However, I also felt an uncomfortable tingling, which is quite common with topical desensitizing products. It’s always a roll of the dice to see whether the same will happen to you, and it’s impossible to predict before you try it.
Like many desensitizing products sold over the counter, it’s not made by a pharmaceutical company. And that adds some extra risk due to the lack of research or evidence into the safety. So if you want to try an over the counter delay product, you do so at your own risk in this case.
Who makes it?
Edge is made by an Australian company called Sensuous. They have a small range of sex products, including massage oil, body chocolate, libido and erection enhancers.
I couldn’t find any information about the people behind the company though, nor where and how the gel is made.
It doesn’t appear to be an official pharmaceutical company, but a generic sex product manufacturer. So as is often the case with delay products, there are no clinical trials of the effectiveness or safety.
Edge contains an unusually large number of ingredients – more than any premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction product I’ve tried. They literally crammed as much as possible into the mixture it seems!
I looked up all the individual ingredients on WebMD, Healthline and research journals. Please note that they often have multiple uses, and are not all proven to work for sex problems.
- Purified water
- Hydroxypropyl starch phosphate – used in cosmetics
- Glucono delta-lactone – a food additive
- Jojoba oil – used in cosmetics, sometimes for sunburn, bites etc. So might help mitigate any burning sensation from the gel
- Dicaprylyl ether – used in cosmetics to smooth the skin
- Ginkgo biloba leaf extract – sometimes used for erectile dysfunction
- Eleutherococcus senticosus (siberian ginseng) root extract – various uses, but none related to premature ejaculation
- Panax pseudoginseng root extract – used in Eastern medicine to help with premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. You can find out more about it in this published research article
- Trichilia catigua(catuaba) bark extract – sometimes used for sexual performance
- Tribulus terrestris (tribulus) fruit extract – sometimes used to improve libido. Find out more on the healthline.com website
- Mucuna pruriens(velvet bean) seed extract – used in Ayurvedic medicine for sexual dysfunction
- Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny goat weed) leaf extract – used in eastern medicine for erectile dysfunction
- Uncaria gambir – a shrub native to Borneo that’s used for premature ejaculation
- Xanthan gum – food additive
- Sodium stearoyl glutamate – used for skin care
- Sodium benzoate – food preservative
- Citric acid – food additive
So the active ingredients appear to be a mix of mostly eastern medicinal products used for premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and libido.
Whether they actually work in the quantities provided in this particular gel and when rubbed directly into the skin has not been tested. So it’s only anecdotal evidence that we have to go on.
How to use Edge delay gel
The instructions on the box are:
Massage a small drop of Edge onto the head of the penis and allow to dry. The product should take approximately an hour to become fully effective….if irritation or discomfort occurs discontinue use immediately.
When I tried to get a ‘small drop’ out, a huge blob came with it, so I’m not sure what they consider a small drop. This is one of the reasons I prefer metered spray bottles to gels or creams.
I also think the instructions could be improved. Here’s what I would do:
- Apply a small amount to your arm first to see how the skin reacts.
- If all is good, try to put a ‘small’ amount on the penis head and massage it in.
- Wash your hands. You don’t want this stuff to get in your eyes by accident.
- If you don’t feel any burning, wait 30-60 minutes and then get to business.
- If it feels uncomfortable while you’re waiting for it to work, wipe or wash your penis with a damp cloth or running water, or even have a quick shower. Following my experience, I’d probably recommend washing anyway after 10-20 minutes.