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 many 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 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 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 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.

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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  • 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!

    • 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.


  • Here’s an odd one for you. I can last a really long time during foreplay and during oral sex. Almost to the point where the future misses is like….when are you going to go. But as soon as we get to actual sex. Poof pow bang. In 5 mins or less sometimes longer. Literally just depends.

    My thoughts, personally. Try it on the underside of the head on the frenulum and maybe the corona. Only worry is that it maybe to much even with one spray. Of course just have to try it and see.

    So, after reading several comments etc. I spray, rub in, and wipe off?

    I have sex without a condom with my girl. I’ve read several times that this will not make her numb. Just as long as I wipe it off. This is correct? Right?

    Also, I would be able to apply it before bed. Wait 5-10 mins wipe off and still have effects of the lidocaine 20-30 mins later correct?

    Thank you for the response!

    • Hi Nick
      To be honest, I don’t think that’s an unusual situation at all. Unless your partner is absolutely incredible at oral, it’s pretty common for sex to be a lot more stimulating. I also think the mental connection plays a role more in sex, making it harder to last longer. The position you’re in also makes a difference.
      To answer your questions:
      1. On the frenulum is the recommended place either with the head too or alone. The shaft too if you’re incredibly sensitive.
      2. yes – spray, rub, wipe.
      3. she shouldn’t feel numb as long as you wait long enough for it to absorb properly and wipe off.
      4. yes, it should still work 20 to 30 mins later.

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