How To Use Delay Sprays – Your Questions Answered

photo of me holding a delay spray

Have 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

photo of three delay sprays

If 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 way 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 number 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.
  • Wipe off any excess with a damp cloth or tissue. Even if you can’t see any excess, you might want to give it a wipe anyway.
  • Wash your hands.
  • 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.
  • Wash again, if you like, before sex to ensure that there’s no transference.

The washing bit is confusing as no company is totally clear about what to do. Personally, I think it’s good to experiment. I find a quick wipe after rubbing in helps remove any serious excess.

Then a wash or even a shower once the time for absorption has elapsed can help ensure there’s no transference to your partner. The good sprays definitely still work even after a lengthy hot shower in my experience, so there’s no need to worry about the effect not being there.

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

The Stud 100 website also says not to use it if your partner is pregnant.

11. How often can you use a spray?

There’s no clear answer to this question, as it will depend on the exact type and quantity of numbing ingredient. Some sprays have instructions about this, but many don’t.

Here are two examples:

  • Promescent: no more than 20 sprays in 24 hours.
  • Fortacin: no more than 9 sprays in 24 hours, with 4 hours between each use.

12. Can you use a delay spray and viagra type drugs together?

As far as I’m aware, there are no safety concerns directly related to mixing desensitizing sprays and medication like viagra. So as long as it’s safe for you to use each one individually, it should be fine to combine them too.

13. 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 to spray from close up – 2 to 3 cm away should be fine.

14. 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.


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    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Sam
      Yes, I have used it and recently wrote a detailed review of it which you can find here.

    1. Ethan Green

      I’m not sure if anyone ships it to Ghana – you’ll have to check online.

  1. I use spray and it’s not standing with spray. If it stands, i put on spray and it loses hardness ..otherwise if I don’t use spray it stands very fast, but not stand with spray. why plz answer??

    1. Ethan Green

      Some men have problems getting or keeping an erection with desensitizing sprays, unfortunately. You could try puttting less on, and washing it off quicker to see if only having a small amount helps.
      Basically, I think it reduces the sensitivity too much for some men, and with certain sprays. So if you need physically stimulation to get an erection, rather than more mental, then it can be an issue.

  2. Thank you very much for this helpful article, I learned a lot about using the spray I bought.

  3. Naba Kishore Dash

    I want to use ozomen spray first time. Please tell me whether to spray on the skin of the penis or the inner side of the penis apart from skin like the stay long gels?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Naba
      I haven’t tried that one personally. However, the usual place to spray is the head of the penis with the foreskin retracted.

  4. Hello Ethan,

    Can you please advise regarding knight rider delay cream or if my partner wants to suck can I wash first or not?? Or we start sex without wipe off

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Sajid
      I haven’t tried that one, so I can’t advise you. Sorry!

  5. Plz describe the difference between sprays.. like viga 200000 vs viga 500000..can more number incease more time or this is just a numbers.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Ammad
      To be honest, I think there is just some weird thing in the delay spray world where the people who make them believe they need to make the number higher than their competitors! As far as I know, the number means nothing usually – it’s just an attempt to make the spray sound better.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Joe
      Unfortunately, erection loss is one of the more common side effects of using these sprays. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but when it does, it’s obviously very annoying.
      It’s because the numbing makes it less pleasurable when touched, and some men need more physical stimulation to get an erection, rather than mental stimulation.
      I think the trick is to use less spray, or only apply it when you are already very excited.

    2. Am using eros spray can you tell me its a safe a product coz am not regular its my first time and how i can use this tell me the method thanks

      1. Ethan Green

        Hi Osman
        I haven’t used Eros spray, so I can’t advise you on it. Sorry!

  6. Hello Ethan,
    Can you tell me that when we are applying spray on the penis head, do we need to make hard (stand) penis then apply or if the penis is loose we can also apply??? And after applying that we will wait for 5 to 10 minutes, Can we wash penis with soap that my partner could lick and suck it????

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Danial
      You can apply it when hard or soft it’s your choice. The process of washing is never really clear! But yes, you can wash it after a minute or two, and then have oral sex while you wait for the rest of the time if you like.
      I think the best thing is to experiment. How long does it need to absorb fully? How long to wait before washing? Wash with a cloth or hot water and soap? These are points that change according to different sprays, so you might need to try different timings and techniques until you find what works best for you.

    1. Ethan Green

      In most cases, yes. It’s good to check the instructions to check the particular spray you buy is ok with a condom.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Ammar
      Very well thanks! Yes, sprays can cause some side effects – most commonly a tingling sensation and issues getting an erection. That’s why it’s good to be careful how you use them.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Fred

      Unfortunately, not every man will have amazing results with the sprays. It also depends which spray you use, how much you used, and what else is going on for you when you use it.
      You could try a different spray, but if they just don’t help, you might have to consider the possibility your PE isn’t caused just by physical sensitivity.

  7. I used dragon delay spray and my partner complained that when she urinate she feel pains, is that side effects.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Kofi
      That’s very unusual. I guess it could be from irritation from the spray if some transferred to her during sex. I’d use a different spray, or make sure you wipe it very well before using.

  8. Hi

    Are there any products that are undetectable for oral? I.e. she won’t know I’m using it at all.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Peter
      Well, you can make any of them undetectable by having a more thorough wash or shower before you have sex. You could spray it, have a good wash after 5 to 10 mins, and the spray will still work an hour later, with no smell at all.

  9. Asamoah Doris

    I want to get pregnant but husband uses v2 delay spay. Is it possible that I can get pregnant?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Asamoah
      I think it is possible, yes. But some manufacturers advise not to use a spray when trying to get pregnant because the safety is not known.

  10. Zakaria masud

    If i use it my penis will be strong????
    Or only increase timing??

  11. Anonymous

    Should we wash off the spray with soap or only with water/wet cloth is enough for doing oral sex?

    1. Ethan Green

      Either will probably be fine. But if it’s a cheaper, less well-known spray, I’d perhaps be a bit more careful as they sometimes leave more residue.

  12. Ethan Green

    Hi Tony
    Sorry to hear that! It’s not a problem readers often mention about any spray, so I wonder if it was due to the spray or a coincidence?

  13. Hi Ethan, please can I get demonstrate video about how these are used? I hope it will make me understand more. Thanks

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Fred
      Sorry, I’m not making a video! I think the instructions in the article are pretty clear though.

  14. Anonymous

    Hello Ethan
    I used viga delay spray and what i assume is that while apply some drops might have entered inside my penis and it hurts a lot now. Does this happen when using delay sprays?

    1. Ethan Green

      Not usually, no. Hopefully, the sensation went away by the time you read this reply. I would avoid using this spray again if it doesn’t work well for you.

  15. Hi Ethan, hard to find delay sprays where I live and not a fan of buying online. Someone told me that sunburn treatments (solarcane, lanacane, etc) are the exact same thing. My guess though is that they’d have other ingredients that could be harmful to my gf if I use it. Have you heard anything about sunburn sprays being used as delay sprays?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Blake
      I have never heard of those being used for sex. I wouldn’t either because they usually have other chemicals, and the penis head is more sensitive than the rest of the body. If you really can’t get a spray, try using a thick condom instead.

  16. jonathan

    Hi, Ethan , Can I use dynamodelay spray ? Is it safe to use. long time ago. I used climax spray, it works for me. I had a sex for more than hour but my partner’s vagina got burning like if somebody put chilli in her vagina. I stop after using for 2-3 times. Can you please let me know if dynamodelay spray will be good.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Jonathan
      I haven’t tried it myself yet, but am planning to in the near future.
      As for the previous bad experience, you probably didn’t wash/wipe properly which is why she felt that.

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