Promescent Review – Why It’s My Preferred Delay Spray

photo of my promescent used in this review

Promescent is widely regarded as one of the better treatments for premature ejaculation, especially in the United States, where it’s recommended by many doctors and urologists.

I’ve tried a lot of desensitizing sprays over the years though, and the vast majority are very similar. So I was interested to find out what makes promescent different.

And as you’ll see below, my personal experience when I tried it during sex was pretty good on the whole, for 3 main reasons:

  • It helped me last for between 10 and 20 minutes every time. A solid improvement from my usual 1-5 minutes.
  • The numbing action still left me with enough sensation to fully enjoy sex, and it didn’t cause any loss of erection.
  • It didn’t transfer to my partner, and we could use it with oral sex.

Despite those positive points, it’s still not the perfect solution to premature ejaculation, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

So in this review I’ll be talking in detail about my experience with it. And I’ll also share my thoughts on the best way to use it, and any other background information I think you might find useful.

My experience

I ordered both the trial and standard size bottles from, and they arrived within a few days. Importantly, they came in a discreet unmarked package, with the sprays in their own little boxes inside.

You also get a useful leaflet with instructions, ingredients and the safety information you might need to know.

Applying it the first time

My first thoughts were that the spray shoots out fast. The metered pump evidently works well, so you have to be careful to spray it close up or you’ll waste it.

As always, I first tested it on my forearm and waited to see how my skin reacted. No problem there, so I went ahead with spraying my penis.

I gently rubbed it onto my penis head, finding no tingling sensation – a good sign. It was easy to rub in, and then I waited. 10 minutes later I used a damp cloth to give myself a quick wipe, and was good to go.

The instructions tell you to apply 3 to 10 sprays, but I found 1 spray was plenty (I later tried 2 and 3 sprays as an experiment, but found the numbing too strong.)

My first test

photo of me spraying promescent

I could definitely feel some numbing on the area where I’d applied it, so I’m glad I didn’t rub it into the whole penis.

But I had no problems getting an erection with some help from my partner, even with the numbing feeling there. And during sex, I still felt enjoyable sensations as usual, just without that extreme sensitivity that I often feel on the head.

This is a particular problem for me at the start – that initial squeeze at penetration can sometimes set me off on its own. So I was pleased to feel that sensation lessened, which helped me get past the initial difficulty and into more flowing sex.

And that first time I tried it, I lasted considerably longer than normal – just over 10 minutes! So we were both very pleased with the result.

Ongoing tests

I then tested the Promescent several more times over the course of a week. I didn’t use any other kind of delay products or techniques during that time; I just used the spray and kept an eye on the time.

My usual lasting time during penetrative sex with nothing to help delay ejaculation was anything between 1 and 5 minutes on average.

And during my tests I found that it extended the lasting time during actual intercourse to between 10 and 20 minutes – every time.

We also tested it with oral sex and found that as long as you wipe yourself with a wet cloth first, there was no transference.

No side effects

I experienced no side effects at all from using the spray, which was great considering how many sprays can cause issues.

Importantly, we could both still enjoy the sensation of sex instead of me being too numb to feel anything. Many others I’ve tried strip you of virtually all enjoyable sensations.

Having said that, when I experimented with 3 sprays and rubbed it into the whole penis, the numbing was definitely too strong for me. So I think it’s a case of once you find the right dose for you personally, the metered pump will ensure you avoid too much numbing.

As you can probably imagine then, I was impressed with Promescent. It did what it was supposed to do and created no extra problems like transference to my partner or erection loss. And most importantly, I was able to have sex for much longer than with no help.

How does Promescent work?

Promescent is a topical anesthetic in spray form. So you apply it directly to your penis before sex to reduce your sensitivity and hopefully have better control.

The ingredient which does the desensitizing is Lidocaine. Lidocaine is also used in some other delay products, but there’s a difference in the way Promescent is supposed to work.

The company behind it – the aptly named ‘Absorption Pharmaceuticals’ – claims they’ve created a mixture which is absorbed quickly and effectively by the skin, so the most sensitive nerve endings are directly targeted by the spray.

Using the spray

close up photos of the childproof lock mechanism of promescent

If you’re planning on using Promescent, here are some useful points to bear in mind:

  • It needs to be sprayed around 10 minutes before you have sex.
  • The recommended dose is 3 to 5 sprays. But like me, you might find that’s too much and actually only need 1 or 2.
  • Make sure you follow the instructions on rubbing the spray in properly to the underside of your penis.
  • I found it lasted for well over an hour before slowly wearing off.


  • It’s approved as safe and effective by the FDA.
  • It works consistently – I found it significantly increased my endurance every time.
  • It doesn’t transfer to your partner and reduce their pleasure if you use it right.
  • The metered spray bottle will apply exactly the same dose every time. So once you know how many sprays works best for you, you can easily repeat it.
  • You can use it on demand. So unlike taking medication, you only need to use it when you have sex.
  • It works quickly, so if you don’t want to tell someone you are using it, you can apply it in the bathroom just before you have sex.
  • It’s available without a prescription.


  • As with all desensitizing products, it’s not a cure for premature ejaculation. You need to use it every time you have sex. The positive to that though is that it’s an instant solution.
  • The price might be a concern for some people. Most men should find that they just need 1 or 2 sprays in which case the cost shouldn’t be too much of an issue. But if you end up needing 3 or 4 sprays each time, it’s going to cost you in the long run.


Promescent helped me to control myself during sex surprisingly well. I say surprisingly because so many other products kind of do the job, but often disappoint in one way or another.

It extended my lasting time to between 10 and 20 minutes, which was a satisfying improvement from the usual 1 to 5 minutes. Importantly, there were no side effects for me or my partner.

It still allowed me to actually feel the pleasure of sex even though it works by reducing the sensitivity. You can apply it just a few minutes before sex, and discreetly if you need to.

So as far as temporary cures to premature ejaculation go, this one gets a big thumbs up. It does work out more expensive than other numbing products, but personally I don’t mind; this is an area of my life which I’m willing to invest in.

Where to buy

The best place to buy it from is the official promescent website, so you know you’ll be getting the authentic product.

They are also one of the only desensitizing spray manufacturers to provide dedicated customer support. So if you have any concerns about using it correctly, they can answer any questions.

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  • Hi I want to get it in India. I want to know the right way to use it.

    1. Should I pull the foreskin down and then then apply it on top of the head.
    2. Any other place to apply it. If it can be applied without pulling the skin down. If possible please provide image reference also.


    • Hi Umesh
      Yes, part 1. is correct. You can apply it to the whole penis if you really want to, but it will probably numb you too much. And if you want, you can spray the penis shaft, but not the head. It depends where you are most sensitive, and it’s fine to experiment with different spray places if you like.

    • Hi
      Promescent is Lidocaine based. But to be on the safe side, I’d ask your doctor if it’s ok for you to use it. And if you do try it, do a very small test spray on your arm and wait to see what happens before trying on your penis.

  • Hi Ethan, thanks for providing useful information for this product. I have two questions:
    1. What is the best way to apply it? On the foreskin directly or after pulling the foreskin?
    2. After applying, do I need to wash it off with water or a towel is enough?
    Thanks alot for providing useful information to us.

    • Hi Pinaacle
      You’re very welcome.
      1. It’s best to first try pulling back the foreskin and apply it to the penis head and frenulum. If after a couple of experiments with the dosage you find that too strong, you can try applying less there and more to the external skin and shaft instead.
      2. Personally, if I use a condom a damp towel is fine. But if I know I’m going to have oral or sex without a condom, I use running water or have a quick shower to make sure there won’t be any transference.

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