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. Karam Ali Safari

    Can you please tell me when to use the spray on our penis – normal or ready to have sex?


  2. Please I want to know what to wash with – only water or water and soap?

    1. Hi
      Yes, there can be. Most common is too much numbing resulting in erection loss, and a mild itching or burning sensation. This tends to happen if you use too much or are particularly sensitive to the ingredients.

  3. Four days ago i used the stud 100, and now am feeling pain in my penis especially when i want to urinate. Ave had std test and its negative. How do i stop the pain

    1. Hi Abu
      If you still have pain by the time you read this reply, I recommend speaking to your doctor.
      Sorry I can’t help more.

  4. Can the woman get pregnant even after using the spray to have unprotected sexual intercourse?

    1. Hi Chris
      Yes, she can. But the companies that make the sprays usually advise not using it if you’re trying to conceive.

  5. Is it necessary to wash it or wipe it before intercourse after applying the spray. Or go ahead with intercouse.

  6. Hi Ethan,

    Many thanks for your detailed information.

    I would like to know, whether I can use the lubricant during the sex if the Promescent applied before the sex as instruction.


    1. Hi Steve
      As far as I know, it should be ok. Just keep an eye that you don’t cause yourself any damage due to the lack of feeling you might end up with.

  7. Williams

    Please can I use the spray without using condom. And how if she want link my the penis is it going to affect her.

    1. Hi
      Yes, sprays can be used without a condom. If you have oral sex, it’s important to wash yourself well beforehand. So apply the spray, wait for the time it says, and then have a good wash or shower. The spray will still work, and you hopefully won’t numb her mouth.
      However, some sprays say not to have oral sex, so you need to check first.

  8. Ever since I used dragon spray, I have been having erection problem.. I can’t erect normal again . Am scared that my penis is dead but if I started watching hot porn movies it take some time to erect.. my penis is really weak. I used the spray and like 3 minutes time before having sex but the spray spread to the mouth of my penis.. so can I get any information about my problem

    1. Hi Eric
      Sorry to hear you’re having problems because of that spray. You’re not the first, with several people saying the same recently, which is worrying. When I tried it, I didn’t have any permanent problems like this though, so I imagine some people are just reacting badly to it. My advice is that if you’re still having erection problems, talk to your doctor about it. There’s nothing else I can do to help I’m afraid.

    1. Hi Hary
      It depends on the spray and the ingredients. The advice I’ve seen varies a lot – some don’t even have advice about this question! I’d err on the side of caution, and only use a few sprays a day, and leave a few hours between each dosing.

    1. Hi Johnson
      As I understand it, there’s no real research into the long-term safety of lidocaine, benzocaine and prilocaine on the unborn child. For that reason, it’s better to avoid using the sprays if she’s pregnant.

  9. If you use the spray and have unprotected sex and you don’t happen to ejaculate or cum can she/ would she get pregnant?

  10. Hi buddy bit confused with this spray (super dragon)
    Once sprayed and massaged in then quick wipe down its ok to have sex right?
    If so then what’s the (extra) duration (I) you can get from it
    So if for example my sex time is between 2/5mins once entering the vagina whats the extra time it can possibly give me?
    And rating wise how good is super dragon spray?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Adam
      You can either wipe once you’ve rubbed it in, or wait for 5 mins and then wipe. You might have to experiment to find out what works best for you. There’s no way to calculate how much longer you might last – it’s different for everyone. In terms of rating, it’s similar to most sprays really – sometimes works great, others not so. So it’s hard to give a reasonable rating!

  11. Hi.. I found your article very useful… My question is can we use spray on regular basis when ever having sex except planing to make partner pregnant…. is it safe using it often….

    1. Hi Sam
      Yes, for most people it’s generally safe to use regularly. Just don’t use too many sprays in one day (the exact number depends on the spray!)

  12. After applying spray on flaccid penis and waiting for 15 min, will I be able to erect penis to insert into vagina….. And how long will the effect will be

    1. Hi
      It’s impossible to predict! Some men have no problem getting erect, others find it difficult with a spray. But the type of spray, the amount you apply, how horny you feel, and the person you’re with can also have an influence.

    1. Hi Danteh
      It’s not ideal to spray it into the Urethra. But not a lot will happen I imagine, other than some temporary numbing there too. But if you experience pain or a rash that won’t go away, talk to a doctor about it.

  13. please,am kinda confused! Should I wash my dick after the 5-10mins wait or should just go ahead with intercourse after applying the spray & the wait respectively??
    kindly answer me please.

    1. Hi Mitchell
      You should wash after the waiting time is over. But if you want, you can wash earlier, as the effects might already be there. It’s worth experimenting to see what works best for you, and depending on the particular spray.

  14. I am not using delay spray. I don’t know about that. for me need hard penis. when I am going to sex my penis not hard. I need to be hard like a rod how I will get suggest me please. delay spray or any tablet and suggest good tablet?

    1. Hi doss
      If you have erection problems, definitely don’t use a delay spray. The best tablet I’ve tried for erections is Viagra. But something else I tried recently (and will write a review of soon) is a penis pump.

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