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.

326 thoughts on “How To Use Delay Sprays – Your Questions Answered”

  1. Hi,
    one of my patient poured a drop at the mouth of penis (at the entrance of penis). He got amazing long last effect. I want to know whether its safe if it get inside the uthera?

    1. Hi Kosri
      To be honest, I’ve never thought about it or seen anything written about it. I imagine it’s normal to get a little inside just when spraying it anyway. But I’d probably avoid intentionally spraying a lot directly up there, just to be on the safe side.

  2. I used Stud 5000. I sprayed three times all over the head and waited about 30 minutes before intercourse and used a condom, due to the period of time we had intercourse she needed lubrication and applied vaseline to her virgina this resulted in the condom splitting.
    I have been sore (no discoloration) around the head for 10 days, this was not a regular partner. I do not have any signs of an STD. Can the sensation be a side effect of the spray and using too much.

    1. Hi Dunz
      It doesn’t seem likely to me. I think when you say ‘due to the period of time we had intercourse she needed lubrication’ it gives a better clue as to why you might have been sore. But after 10 days you should be better, unless you’ve had long sex again in that time? I’d maybe think about getting a check-up just to be sure. Some STDs don’t have visible signs.

  3. Is it ok if our Partner Suck our Penis after applying the Spray? Will it be harmful for her or not?

  4. Hi there, tried about 3 sprays on my junk and left it 10 mins before intercourse.

    Couldnt get it erected later due to it’s numbness. Any tips?

    1. Hi
      That’s unfortunately a common problem with these sprays. My main advice would be:
      1. Use 1 spray, not 3.
      2. Don’t cover the whole penis – just a targeted sensitive area like the frenulum.
      3. Try only putting it on when you’re already erect.
      4. Try a different spray if it keeps happening.

  5. I want to know about “Super VIGA 240000”. This product good or not? say something about this product. Plz reply asap!

  6. Hi there , thank you for educated us. I don’t get sex very regular . My partner live far . We have long distance relation. We meet every 4/5 months. And I can’t perform . I come in a min she get so deciponted few times . But she love me that’s y she is with me . I got dragon 6000 Spray. But haven’t use so far . I did take some medicine before but it’s not worth it . What should I do ?? Plz help me with it

    1. Hi Ak
      Try the spray when masturbating to see if it helps. You could also get a fake vagina sex toy to practice with. If you don’t have sex often, it’s a really good way to keep yourself in form.

  7. I am suffering from premature ejaculation I want to use delay spray who have no side effects. Please suggest product name.

    1. Hi Taxak
      Unfortunately, they can all have side effects – it totally depends on the person, how you react to the ingredients and how much you use. Personally, I use Promescent because I trust it’s manufactured in a careful way.

    1. Hi Sumi
      It’s best not to use a delay spray if your partner is pregnant, or you’re trying to conceive. The effects are not known, so to be on the safe side, companies advise not using it unless with a condom.

  8. Hi,
    This is maran. I going to use the delay spray first time. i am too much afraid because there is any side effects or health problems. Can you please guide me and also this is a good brand 68000 delay spray by shark?

    1. Hi Maran
      I don’t think you need to be afraid. Be careful when you use it, yes, but afraid, no! I haven’t tried shark spray, so can’t tell you. But if you follow the instructions in the pack, and this article, you should be fine.

  9. Hi, Ethan
    After applying the dragon spray, I didn’t wait for long and started having sex and released before I could know. But after, I couldn’t erect again. Can that be an effect?
    And what’s the cause of that?

    1. Hi Francis
      Some men have problems getting an erection because they lose too much sensitivity with the spray. Don’t worry though, it’s a temporary problem. Try using less next time, and if it’s still an issue, you might have to try a weaker spray or a different technique.

  10. Hi.. I like to have sex with my partner for long time . usually I cum in just 2 or 3 mins..So Can u suggest any spray? And how to use it? And pls tell me the uses of that spray..

  11. Plz tell me if I sprayed on my penis after that can my partner suck my penis so it’s harmful for her or not plz tell me properly.

    1. Hi Salim
      It partly depends on the specific spray. But usually with the better quality sprays, it’s fine as long as you wash yourself before doing oral.

  12. Hi

    Ive Previously Use Durex Extended Pleasure Condom Which Had Benzocaine
    On The Tip Of The Condom Immediatly After Putting The Condom I Lost My
    Erection And Had Red Spots All Over My Lower Body So Do’u Think It Would Be
    Safe For Me To Use Promescent??

    1. Hi Rocky
      That doesn’t sound nice at all. I would personally avoid all products with lidocaine in that case, which unfortunately does include promescent. But, if you really want to try a different product, you could speak to your doctor to ask them about lidocaine allergy.

  13. Hi, I’m Jason. I want to try a spray for the first time, but I’m nervous… Which one should I try…

  14. Hello. I just want ask u about my penis. My penis is too much sensitive, so I purchased delay spray. when I spray at under side of head. So my penis sensitivity decrease but my penis is not erected. Its gone on fluccid position, so how can sex will do. Please help me. Waiting ur reply.

    1. Hi Zubi
      Which spray did you use? Unfortunately, there is a risk that delay sprays can cause erection loss. Sometimes it’s because it’s too strong, or your apply too much. And some man just find it more difficult to get an erection if the physical sensation is reduced. The key is to use a good spray, use as little as possible, and maybe only apply it when you’re already feeling very aroused, or have an erection already.

      1. Thanks Ethan For Replying me… u asking me which spray i use . so its Name STRONG HORSE POWER DELAY SPRAY 55000.. U can search on google. u will find my description about that.. So Ethan.. If i don’t use spray. i ejaculate too early ( Approx half a minute). Due to Penis Sensitivity. When i use spray. so my penis gone on flaccid position. i am too much worried about my Penis. please help me and suggest me. how can handle this situation..

        1. Hi Zubi
          I haven’t tried that one, so can’t comment specifically. I’d recommend trying one that is more well known, and put as little as possible on. You don’t even have to use a whole spray – just part of a spray might be enough for you.

      2. Ethan…i have a question also.. If i take Vigra Tablet and Delay spray also on my penis. so can i do sex last longer ….?

  15. If water base (i think even other types also) cream is used, there are more chances that the condom will come off, you will not know untill you finish. … it happened to me many times… the reason is, the cream doesn’t get absorbed and it works as a lube to loozen the condom.. thats why i never prefer creams.

  16. Hello

    I used this spray just before having sex probably 10 mins before, bare in mind it’s my first time so I didn’t know what to expect. Sprayed it twice and rub it but my Penis got really numb and found it hard to erect since I wasn’t feeling anything nor was my penis. I watched porn and everything but nothing happened at all and for that reason I cancelled sex with my partner as I didn’t wanna disappoint.

    Please tell me where I went wrong and is this normal because there is no way you can get an erection while being numb.

    Any answers would do long as it’s logical.

    1. Hi Steven
      Sorry you had that experience – which spray specifically did you use?
      It can happen if you put too much on, or if it’s a spray known to be very strong. And some men do react more to the numbing effect.
      So my advice is this:
      1. Only use 1 spray first to test it.
      2. Don’t rub it into the whole penis – just the head, so you still feel the shaft fully. You can also try applying it after you get an erection, not before.
      3. If it’s still a problem, then try a different spray.
      4. If it continues to be a problem with a different spray, then it might be that it’s not the right treatment for you.


  17. Hi Ethan. Please what’s your take on Peineile delay Spray? Wondering if anyone here has used it-please share if you have.

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