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

I’ve tried a lot of different desensitizing sprays in the last few years, 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 was mostly positive, 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 promescent, and any other background information I think you might find useful.

My experience

Ordering and discreet delivery

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 the numbing was too strong.

My first test

photo of me spraying a bottle of promescent in the bathroom

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

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 FDA compliant, so they have made it to the safety standards recommended by the FDA for these type of sprays.
  • It has undergone clinical trials, which found it to be effective and safe.
  • It works consistently – I found it significantly increased my endurance every time.
  • It doesn’t transfer to your partner if you use it correctly.
  • The metered spray bottle will apply exactly the same dose every time. So once you know how many sprays work 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 you can discreetly apply it in the bathroom just before you have sex.
  • It’s available without a prescription.
  • Responsive and helpful customer service.


  • It’s not a cure for premature ejaculation, and you need to use it every time you have sex.
  • As with all desensitizing sprays, if you apply too much, it can cause too much numbing, which can affect your erection and pleasure. But the metered pump helps stop that happening once you work out how much you need.
  • The price might be a concern for some people. Most men will only need 1 or 2 sprays, so the cost won’t be an issue. But if you end up needing 3 or 4 sprays each time, it will be more expensive.


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.

Promescent also provides excellent customer support. So if you have any concerns about using it correctly, they can answer any questions.

221 thoughts on “Promescent Review – Why It’s My Preferred Delay Spray”

  1. Hi Ethan
    To begin with, I wanted to thank you and give a lot of credit for this website, it’s really beneficial and doesn’t feel biased and is totally honest reviews.

    A question regarding Promescent and delay sprays in general. On application to the shaft and head (i roll the foreskin back), I get a mild tingling sensation. Nothing extreme and its totally bearable. My question is, what causes this sensation? Is it simply the lidocaine working? Is the mild tingling sensation a concern, is it damaging the nerves?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Simon
      You’re very welcome – it’s always a pleasure to hear that the site is appreciated!
      I don’t know the exact biological mechanism behind the tingling sensation to be honest. I do know that it’s listed as a side effect of topical lidocaine. Some men will get it, and some won’t. I guess part of the issue if the fact that you’re applying it to a very sensitive part of the body that has many nerve endings.
      I personally don’t think it’s a serious concern unless it’s particularly strong or unpleasant. Like you say, it’s usually bearable and is part of the trade-off in the numbing action. But if you’re worried about it, I would either use a small dose or avoid using it to be on the safe side.

  2. Hi Ethan,

    just a quick question.
    So I just spray 2-3 times onto my penis area, wipe it off after 5-10 minutes.
    So is It okay for my partner to give me a blowjob?

    Are there any weird smell to the spray?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Dean
      Yes, that’s correct. It’s fine to have oral sex after waiting and wiping. There is sometimes a faint smell at first, but after waiting and wiping there shouldn’t be much smell at all.

  3. Thank you very much Ethan.

    I had purchased promescent (standard sized bottle), I tried it for a solo session before I use it on my partner and I lasted 2 mins and 45 seconds after one spray, I suffer from severe PE, doing a solo session without the spray I would probably last under 10 seconds before ejaculation, what do you advise?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Abd
      You’re welcome. The difference in time in your case then is very good. My advice would be to try it with sex. And perhaps experiment with 2 or 3 sprays to see what effect that has, both alone and with a partner.

  4. I have posted here before but just wanted to say again how thankful I am to you for the blog !! My wife is gorgeous and loves sex. For whatever reason I started having difficulty maintaining an erection and eventual premature ejaculation, usually seemed connected.
    3 months now and I am ridiculously confident again, and hard as a rock. I use 2-3 sprays for regular sex, and last 15 minutes, and 4-5 sprays if we feel like going 20-30!! It’s fantastic and I am so thankful. Mostly it allows me to be back in charge of my ejaculation, and able to relax and enjoy every second of our hot sex life.

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi FL
      It’s good to hear you like the site, and thanks for sharing your experience. It sounds like you’ve worked out exactly how much promescent you need to use for best effect, and it’s interesting you can add more to increase the lasting time without ruining the erection, which is always a risk with these kind of sprays.

  5. Hello Sir,

    Thank you for this review! I will be purchasing this product today. I want to be sure that I’m reading this correctly. When I spray it and then wait 5 to 10 mins to wipe it, the spray will still be rubbed into my skin and won’t be completely wiped off. Just want to ensure I’m doing it right.


    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Vincent
      You’re welcome. That’s correct – wait 5-10 mins and give it a good wipe or wash to be totally sure it won’t transfer to your partner. It will have absorbed by then and should be working.

  6. Hi. Ethan.

    I bought this product to test it and it is amazing! I have one thing I’m bit anxious about. If I’m ever lucky enough to get a girl to my place, then how I keep it secret and be quick enough so she doesn’t see me apply it and wipe it?

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi Ben
      You can excuse yourself, go to the bathroom and spray it there. Wash it well after a couple of minutes, and you’ll probably find she doesn’t notice.

  7. Hey Ethan thanks for the article, I read all of the comments so hopefully I’m not wasting your time with questions that have been asked already.

    1) Would you say it takes two sprays to cover the frenulum and the top of the head or can you spray once on the frenulum and then rub it in there as well as on top of the head? (average size penis)

    2) Should you wash it off even if you’re not planning on oral?

    3) You mentioned that for yourself waiting the full 10 minutes to wash off was “too long” just curious what you meant by that?

    4) Do you recommend any other sprays that are just as safe but cost less? Obviously it may or may not work as well but in regards to safety ingredients etc.. Any other recommendations of products you trust just as much as this one?

    5) One user asked if this is OK to use if planning on trying to conceive and you said better not to use it, is that based off of something you know about the product or more just a better safe than sorry approach?

    Sorry for so many questions.

    Thanks again for the very informative review I already purchased the standard size and waiting for it to arrive!

    1. Ethan Green

      Hi David
      I’m glad the review was useful, and it’s no problem asking questions. I see answering them as an integral part of running this site as well as possible:-)

      1) No, I think one spray is enough. Quite a lot comes out and it spreads well. It can run though, and shoot out fast, so you might need two if you waste some of the first!

      2) I would do to get rid of the residue.

      3) It worked really fast for me, that’s why.

      4) The only one I think has had lots of official safety tests is Fortacin. It’s not that cheap though. There are some you can get online, like Stud 100, that are ok. But they haven’t undergone the same rigorous safety checks by any means.

      5) It’s based on me writing to Promescent and them saying they think it’s better not to, based on the fact that there is no long-term safety data on sprays like this and the effects on the unborn child. Not that they know it’s bad, just that they don’t know and don’t want to assume it’s 100% safe.


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