How To Use Delay Sprays – Your Questions Answered

image of me holding a delay spray in my handHave you recently bought a delay spray or are thinking of trying one? If so, you might have a few questions about using it correctly.

This is probably one of the most common topics readers ask me about, so in this article I’ll hopefully cover all the questions I’m regularly asked.

And if you’re more interested in general information about them, you might prefer to read my article about the pros and cons of desensitizing sprays.

Not all sprays are the same

I think it’s important to start off by saying that not all delay sprays and creams work the same way. Many are quite similar, but there are often very important differences.

That’s why it’s important to check the instructions they come with, and the manufacturer’s website. There is, of course, a small problem with that in some cases: not all sprays have a dedicated website with instructions.

Unfortunately, you’ll find lots of generic lidocaine sprays for sale online that have limited instructions. That’s why in my opinion it’s better to stick with the brands which have a dedicated team behind them, rather than a generic product with a cool name, but no support.

A standard way to apply a delay spray

image of several delay sprays used to assess the pros and consIf the spray you’ve bought doesn’t have clear instructions, you have three choices: either try and find instructions, leave it and find a different product, or experiment by following the standard instructions other products give.

You’ll see below that I’ve tied to answer the key questions based on both my personal experience, combined with the information provided by four of the biggest delay spray companies – Promescent, Stud 100, Super dragon 6000 and Adam & Eve.

Most lidocaine and benzocaine sprays will work in a similar ways to the four I’ll refer to in this article. However, it’s important to stress that if you follow these instructions for a different product, or one with different ingredients altogether, you do so at your own risk.

1. Start slow

My preference is to start with just 1 spray, so you can check if your skin will tolerate the ingredients. Most people tolerate them fine, but in my opinion if you’re going to spray your penis, it’s worth being cautious.

And if you find that just one or two sprays works for you, the product will last longer and you’ll save money.

This is the advice the four companies give about the quantity of sprays:

  • Promescent: apply 3 sprays or more, but no more than 10.
  • Stud 100: apply 3 to 5 sprays.
  • Super dragon: apply 2 sprays.
  • Adam & Eve: apply 2 to 5 sprays.

Ideally, you should be able to find the minimum number of sprays that works best for you, and then repeat that number when you next need to. Some guys may need 1, others 5 – you just won’t know until you try the product.

2. Target the right area

You can get conflicting advice on where exactly to spray. I think the best thing is to experiment and spray on the most sensitive parts of your penis, not to just cover it all. If you do, there’s a higher chance you’ll numb yourself too much. That can result in erection loss, or just not enjoying the sex as much.

Here’s what the main companies say:

  • Promescent: the underside of the penis head, and some on the underside of the shaft.
  • Stud 100: the head and shaft of the penis.
  • Super dragon: the head.
  • Adam & Eve: the head and shaft.

Once you’ve sprayed it, gently rub it in until it appears to be absorbed. This shouldn’t take more than 10-20 seconds to achieve, though maybe longer if you rub it into the shaft as well as the head.

And again, with some experimentation, you should be able to find which part of your penis needs targeting, and which you can leave alone.

3. Flaccid or erect?

It doesn’t matter if you apply it when flaccid or erect. It will work equally well, so it’s up to you to decide what works best for you and your partner.

4. How long before sex to spray?

Again, different sprays have different timings. None of them allow you to have sex immediately after spraying though. There’s always a waiting time to make sure it’s absorbed and is working, and also so it doesn’t transfer to your partner.

  • Promescent: 5-10 minutes.
  • Stud 100: 5-10 minutes.
  • Super dragon: 5 minutes.
  • Adam & Eve: 5 minutes.

So you can see that 5-10 minutes is a pretty safe bet if you’re using a lidocaine or benzocaine spray.

5. Do I need to wash it off before sex?

This is probably one of the main areas of confusion, since the companies rarely tell you exactly what they mean by wash off the excess. With a cloth, water, soapy water, straight away, just before sex?

Promescent is unique in that the spray has an absorption technology meaning you don’t need to wipe it off before sex. However, they do recommend wiping it off with a damp cloth before oral sex.

For all the others, here’s what you need to do:

  • Spray and rub it in.
  • Wait for the time the instructions recommend. It’s a good time to give your partner some attention while you leave your penis alone for a while.
  • Wipe off any excess with a soft, damp cloth just before you have oral or penetrative sex. Even if you can’t see any excess, you might want to give it a wipe anyway.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Wash again after sex.

6. Wash your hands

Very few companies mention this, but those that do say it’s important. You should wash your hands after applying it to make sure you don’t transfer it to your partner, or get it in other sensitive areas such as the eyes.

7. How long will the delay spray last?

This very much depends on the person and the spray. But in my experience, most of them keep you numb for at least an hour.

8. Can you choose to have unprotected sex or use a condom?

This again depends on the spray, so it’s important to check with the manufacturer.

  • Promescent: both are ok.
  • Stud 100: both are ok, use latex condoms.
  • Super dragon: both are ok.
  • Adam & Eve: both are ok – use latex condoms.

9. Can you have oral sex?

Once again, some say yes and others that it’s best to avoid it. The reasons usually being a bad taste or the risk of transference to your partner.

  • Promescent: yes, as long as you wash it off before.
  • Stud 100: yes, but wait up to 15 minutes first.
  • Super dragon: no because the taste might be unpleasant.
  • Adam & Eve: can’t find information about this.

10. Can you use it if you’re trying to get pregnant, or already are pregnant?

Most sprays advise against using them if you’re trying to get pregnant, or if your partner already is pregnant. Here’s a helpful quote from the Promescent website:

lidocaine has not been proven to be safe to use in pregnancy. We recommend to err on the side of caution

As for those that don’t state if you can or not, I would avoid using them.

11. Preventing wastage of the spray

A clever trick I got from a reader is to first spray into a small glass. Then you can dip your finger into the liquid formed and rub it into the area you want to on your penis. This can help prevent wastage by the spray missing some of the penis.

The alternative is of course to spray from close up – 3 to 3 cm away should be fine.

12. What about delay creams?

Although sprays are the most common form of desensitizing product, there are some in cream form. Personally, I’m not a fan of creams, as you can never be sure if you’re using the same amount each time. However, with creams you can follow the same standard guidelines above.

Your thoughts & questions

Do you have any experience with using delay sprays or creams, and have any advice to offer other readers about the best way to use them? Or do you have any questions I haven’t answered here?

And if you found the article helpful, I’d really appreciate a quick comment to let me know.

You might also like

If you’d like to try a delay spray, take a look at my review of the top 10 delay sprays. There are some which either don’t work well or have ingredients which can cause unpleasant side effects. So I recommend seeing what I have to say about them.

And if you’re unsure if this is the right option for you, you might also find it useful to read my thoughts on choosing a premature ejaculation treatment.

106 Comments

  • What I know about penis physiology is it has two different spots for two different functions. One for erection and one for ejaculation which are supplied by opposite nervous system means. Our target is to erect long with pleasure and to hold ejaculation as long as possible. What I have successfully experienced is head stimulation causes erection and lower surface of shaft causes ejaculation that we want to avoid although it has it’s own pleasure. So just apply spray on lower surface of shaft and lower edges of head directly or by a paint brush to avoid wastage. Do it 2 to 3 times skin absorption of lidocain is slow give it better 20 minutes . it will work for an hour. If you want to confirm this technique, rub your head with oil or soap only without touching shaft. Your penis will be v much sensitive and erected without ejaculation. Here the most imp factor to avoid is mental estimulus by sexual sightation which can indirectly make you relawse. Try it and share your experience.

    • Hi Friend
      Thanks for sharing your ideas here. I haven’t heard this theory before in such words, though I do know that it’s a common piece of advice during sex to only do very shallow strokes if you get too aroused. The idea being that by only entering a little way, you do stimulate your penis head, but it helps prevent ejaculation.
      This has definitely been true for me, so I can believe that there’s possibly some truth to your theory. I’ll have to do some research to see what I can find.
      Perhaps other readers can share their view on this?
      Ethan

      • Hi Ethan
        Thanks a lot for comments. Bro you can simply check the nerve supply of penis and their effects on penile function. And you can discuss it with any medical student or doctor as I am also a Anesthetist and I am v well aware of the functions of local anesthetic agent like lidocaine 10% which is safest of all local anesthetic agent. Even I use to give penile block for circum that’s why I am telling you confidently.

        • Hey again
          Thanks for adding that information. I’ll try it myself some time this week and see if there’s a big noticeable difference between spraying the head and shaft. I’ll also write to a manufacturer and ask what they think about your idea, as most sprays I’ve seen tell you to spray the frenulum and head primarily, though some do advise spraying the shaft too. I’ve never seen any that tell you to only spray the shaft though, which is why your theory surprised me a little.
          Ethan

          • Hi Ethan
            That will be great. I would like to know your experience .If you find any new technique then kindly share. Thanks a lot for response.

            • Hi again,

              So I wrote to Promescent and asked them what they thought about your theory. They replied that this isn’t what they advise. They repeated the following advice I’ve seen on most sites and instructions: “We do recommend spraying 2-3 sprays to the man’s more sensitive areas. This is most frequently the frenulum or the underside of the head. After Promescent is absorbed (10-15 mins) it can be washed off with a damp cloth and it won’t affect the efficacy.”
              Still haven’t tried your technique myself, but will get round to it!
              Ethan

  • I need a spray which can be used both for erection and long duration. Can you please advise on this ? Of curse I do not need any side effects as well. Thanks

    • Hi there
      Despite what some companies might claim, as far as I’m aware there are no sprays that can achieve that. So really, if you have a problem with both issues, you probably need to tackle them independently, and try to make sure the choice of treatment for one doesn’t make the other worse! It can be a particular problem for men using delay sprays, who then find the numbing makes their erection difficult even worse. So if you do use a delay spray, be very careful not to use too much. And if you do find the numbing too strong and your erection difficulties increase, then you will need to find an alternative to the spray.
      Ethan

    • Hi Eddy
      If it hurt when you use it, then definitely don’t use it again. You might have had a bad reaction to the lidocaine ingredient. I’d be very careful using any spray containing lidocaine if you had a bad reaction to even one of them.
      Ethan

  • After I use the dynamo delay spray on my penis, I’ve waited for more than 25 minutes and I realize that my penis has a complete loss of erection for the time being or after less than 5 minutes of erection that I’m able to penetrate it went back to a flaccid state. This is really frustrating because I don’t think I did spray too much on my penis. I only spray like twice or thrice on my penis. It’s the head and frenulum where I spray at. One of my friends advise me to just spray on the head of my penis.

    Can you please kindly advise me on that? Is it a must to go straight for musturbation with my toy like 5 to 10 minutes later after spraying? Same goes for sexual intercourse as well that you have to wash your penis off before sex like 5 to 10 minutes later after spraying?

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    • Hi Pierre
      Unfortunately some men do find delay sprays affect their erection. I would recommend trying just 1 spray, and only apply it to the underside of the head on the frenulum as an experiment. If that doesn’t work, try the whole head next time. But I would avoid the shaft so you can still feel normal pleasure on some of your penis at least. And yes, you need to apply it, wait a bit and wipe off the excess before have sex.
      Ethan

      • Hi Ethan,

        Can I go for musturbation or sexual intercourse like 30 minutes later after spraying on the penis even if I just spray a little bit?

        Or is it that I have to wash my penis like 10 minutes later after spraying and then I could wait for another 20 minutes before sex? If were to do that, can that prevent a loss of erection?

        I hope to hear from you soon.

        Kind regards,
        Pierre

        • Hi Pierre
          It depends on the spray you use – their should be instructions. But usually within 10-15 minutes after spraying you can masturbate or have sex. You don’t have to wait 30 minutes for most sprays.
          Ethan

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