Edge delay gel contains a wide range of ingredients borrowed mainly from Eastern medicine and intended to help men delay ejaculation.
I found it did help reduce some sensitivity and allow me to last longer. 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.
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 and when rubbed directly into the skin remained to be seen.
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, I would definitely wash your penis. Following my experience (see below), I’d probably recommend washing anyway after 10-20 minutes
My experience using Edge
I intended to only squeeze a small amount from the tube, but it was runnier than I expected, and a big blog came out. It kind of stuck to my finger though, so I removed roughly half and rubbed the rest into my penis head.
I started to wait for the 60 minutes the instructions advise. However, after around 15 minutes, I felt a hot 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, telling me there was no smell and no taste. That’s not usually the case with lidocaine sprays, which have a faint smell at best. So it’s a plus point for Edge there.
A little numbing and longer sex
While receiving oral, I didn’t notice much numbing. Around the hour mark, we moved on to having sex, but there was no real change in the numbing.
The packaging actually says ‘non-numbing’ yet it’s expected to help you last longer. I didn’t find this though, as there was a little numbing sensation.
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. Kind of annoying, and not ideal when it’s only a small tube to begin with!
I rubbed it in and this time made myself wait 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.
- You can apply it an hour before sex, so it’s good for discretion
- Stays working for several hours
- No smell or taste, and fine to use for oral sex
- No sticky residue once it’s rubbed in
- Available online without a prescription
- The possibility of feeling a tingling or burning sensation that makes it unusable
- Too much comes out of the tube at once, meaning you either waste it or apply too much
- It doesn’t have a very powerful effect unless you apply loads, which will be expensive as it’s a small tube and not cheap
- Limited information about the manufacturer, and not passed as safe by any authority
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 admittedly common with these products. It’s always a roll of the dice 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.