Photo of my promescent spray which I used for this review

Promescent is widely regarded as one of the best over the counter treatments for premature ejaculation.

I’ve tried all of the most popular desensitizing sprays in the United States and Europe. And so far I’ve found Promescent to be the most effective and reliable for 3 main reasons:

  • It helped me last between 10 and 20 minutes every time. A solid improvement from my usual 1 to 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.

Having road tested so many desensitizing sprays I’ve now become somewhat of an expert on them (I know, what a thing to become an expert on!). So I’ll be talking about both how it works and how it compares to other sprays.

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My experience

I ordered both the trial and standard size bottles from the official promescent website, and they arrived within a few days. Importantly, they were sent in a discreet unmarked package, with each spray in a separate box inside.

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

Applying it the first time

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, which is 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

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.

photo of me holding a bottle of promescent

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.

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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.

photo showing the safety lock on promescent spray bottles

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 5 to 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.


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.

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

  1. great reviews with the stone and promescent!!!! is the later safe for oral sex as you said? and how much time do u need to wait to wipe with a wet cloth?

    1. Hi Abbs
      Thanks for your comment and compliment. Yes, it’s totally safe. I’d wait about 5-10 minutes before giving it a wipe.

  2. Where can I buy Promescent, and how much does it costs. My partner needs it.

  3. My girlfriend likes to have sex In the shower
    Will it wash off and not work …

    1. Hi Peter
      I think it will probably be fine as long as you give it time to sink in first. But it would be good to know if it was ok, so if you can in the future please pop back and keep us informed!

  4. I see the instructions on applying the spray. I haven’t tried it yet, but since it’s applied at least 10 mins before sex, it’s obviously applied before erection. Does the de-senser have any effect on getting an erection?

    1. Hi Jon
      That’s a good question. I don’t think it should do, theoretically. None of the sprays should prevent you from getting an erection, but some guys do have problems if they apply too much. The key is to only apply a little to start with.

  5. After using the product and washing it off, would that eliminate the smell and taste.

  6. I read it wears off in about 60 min. can you apply more if you want to keep going?

  7. Hi,
    Thanks for a nice review but it sucks, the price and the time in bed,. it give you only a few minutes extra in bed, i am using Stud 100 and i can go on for 25 to 40 minutes and that is only for 9 euros.

    1. Hi Frank
      Thanks for your comment. I agree that Promescent is much more expensive than Stud 100. But lots of guys don’t find Stud or others work that well for them. If you’ve got the money, it’s not an issue compared to the issue of not lasting long enough!

  8. Great article man! About to try promescent in a few days. Just some questions though: how exactly do you apply it? First you spray it directly (1-2) sprays then you rub it on evenly with your hands THEN you rinse your penis with water? Am i right?

    1. Hi Frank,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, that is exactly what to do. It will come with some instructions though, and it’s very easy to use. Let us know if it works for you!

  9. My question is, would the spray have impact on your performance even if u don’t use them anymore? Would the spray train your sensitive nerve were it can make it little bit permanent or I just have to use the spray anytime u wanna have sex?..I would appreciate if u can reply me please and help me…

    1. Hi there,

      Unfortunately you do have to use the spray every time you have sex. There is no evidence that using a delay spray can help you when you stop using it. However, it’s possible that it might help you gain confidence in your sexual ability, and some of that confidence could help. But that is just guess work. That’s why I also recommend taking a look at the natural techniques which have a much better chance of helping you in the long term.

  10. Hey well what you mean by natural techniques?
    And where could i buy this product i live in montreal canada?

    1. Hi Jason,

      You can find more about the natural techniques in many articles I’ve written on this site. Search for the start and stop technique as a good starting point.
      You could check on the Canadian Amazon site, or look for the company’s own website online.

  11. Great article, glad to see Promescent is starting to get some real recognition. I suffered with premature ejaculation myself and have tried a number of creams on the market but all of them seem to either make me go to “numb” or transfer to my girlfriend and cause her discomfort. I saw an article on CNBC about Promescent and decided to give it a try. I have been extremely happy with it so far and so has my wife. It’s a spray rather than a cream and you are able to personalize the number of sprays to your individual needs which is a great feature. I currently buy 1 standard size bottle a month and sometimes a trial size if we are traveling for whatever reason. Great product, great article. Thanks

    1. Hi Lou59

      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad you’ve had good luck with Promescent. It’s always good to hear from guys who have had some success with a delay product. It sounds like your sex-life is going to be costly over the years though at that rate! Have you ever tried any of the natural techniques? Or are you quite happy sticking with paying for a desensitizing spray?

  12. Hi thanks for all the info
    Seems like a trusted brand
    I just wanted too know
    Like once u apply it
    U gotta wash it with a wet cloth after your done right
    And another question i can still put an condom right after applying the spray doesn’t do any kind of affect ???

    1. Hi Jason

      You’re welcome, glad you found the article helpful. You should give yourself a wipe with a wet cloth, yes. Though you don’t need to go crazy scrubbing yourself! And you can put the condom on straight away as far as I know.

      All the best

  13. David M.

    I have tried the Stud 100 spray and it did not help my PE at all. I want to beleive Promescent will help, but am still skeptical. I do thank you for your article and it has given me hope. I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

    1. Hi David M

      Sorry to hear you had no luck with it before. Hopefully Promescent will be better. If not, you can always try the natural techniques I talk about a lot on this blog. But please do come back and let me know if it helped or not.

  14. Hi,

    Thank you so much for review. I tried the product and it really helped me a lot and I am really happy about it. I have had PE since I could remember. It usually last for 5 to 15sec after penetration (only once in my life it lasted for about 30sec). I have tried the product two times and it lasted for about 5min both times. This is amazing!! I used 3 sprays as suggested and rubbed it over my penis from the head to the middle body, and we started intercourse about 20 to 30min after spray. I felt some kind of numbness but it didn’t seem to bother me(I would say the numbness is about 50 to 60% if 100% is total numbness). However, the penis didn’t erect well and it seems it was only a little hard. Do you have any suggestion of how to solve the erection problem? Do you think I can adjust the number of sprays, and/or use it only in certain area of the penis so it will not cause erection problem, and also may even prolong the lasting further?

    1. Hi John

      Thanks for the comment, and I’m glad you’ve found something which helps. It’s a shame about the erection problem, but it might be because you’ve used too much. You can definitely experiment with the number of sprays. Try 1 and 2 and see what happens. And also try just rubbing it onto the underside of the penis head and see if that helps reduce the overall numbness.


    1. Hi Mehdi,

      Not sure what you mean exactly! If you are asking if it will help, then the answer is ‘hopefully yes!’ but you will just have to try it for yourself.


  15. I was just wondering since I’m a grower and not a shower, should I apply the spray before I grow??? I’ve tried using it while erected and waited the allotment of time and sometimes I wouldn’t get erected again

    1. Hi Kpm,

      That’s an interesting question, and to be honest I’m not entirely sure what the answer would be! I think the best thing to do is experiment. Try using it before, and see if you can get an erection as normal. Also try using a bit less when erect, as it may be that you applied too much, hence the loss of erection.
      Good luck!

  16. Had pre ejac as long as i can remember recently heard about this product thinking of trying it hope it works as good as you say but is it a treatment to permanently cure pre ejac.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Good luck if you decide to try it. It would be great if you can come back and let us know how well it worked.
      It is not a permanent cure though, the same as all desensitizing product. You can check out the book reviews at the top of the page if you want to investigate permanent solutions.
      All the best

  17. Augustya

    Are you sure this thing (Promescent)| does not have any side effects? I have tried other numbing sprays which uses “Lidocaine” the same ingredient that Promescent uses and I have been horrified by the outcome. It has resulted for me in loss of libido, not getting erection etc…I am extremely skeptical about using any kind of delay sprays instead of helping they completely ruin the experience is my experience. I have not used Promesecent but I am just wondering here, how can it be different because it uses the same ingredient that almost all other delay spray use i.e “Lidocaine” Promesecent does not have any other magic formula. Anyone here who can help me answer these doubts? Also one more thing delay sprays may help in some cases, but spraying the right amount is the key to it, you don’t wanna spray too much that it results in a loss in libido and loss of erection at the same time you don’t wanna under spray it that it does not help at all. So understanding the right amount of spray to be sprayed is very important now who can make a final decision on this on what is the right quantity for a person?

    1. Hi Augustya

      Thanks for your comment, and sorry to hear you’ve had difficulty finding a delay spray which works. I say it has not side effects because I didn’t experience them myself, and it is FDA approved with no side effects mentioned in the process.
      However, you are right in that Lidocaine is the main ingredient as in many other delays sprays, and some people may have problems using Lidocaine. At the same time, other delay sprays may not have the formula/mixture quite right and it could be that there it is too strong. The main difference is supposed to be the way the eutectic mixture is absorbed by the skin so that it numbs you, but doesn’t completely take away all sensation, which is one of the main reasons some other sprays can result in loss of erection.
      As for the right amount, my suggestion is to start with a small amount and add more if you find it doesn’t work. Better to start with a little and work up rather than the other way round. It is always a matter of experimentation when using these kind of products.
      But if you continue to have problems with Lidocaine-based products, then I would recommend staying away from them and trying something else instead.
      I hope that helps,

      1. Augustya

        So when you say small amount how many sprays do you recommend ?

        And the Promescent website says contradictory things first they say you can directly spray it on and to be precise you can also spray it in the palm of your hand and then with your index finger apply it, to be very precise. What do you recommend ?

        1. Well you can start with one spray, and if it’s not enough try two.
          I don’t think that’s contradictory advice at all though. It’s just giving you two options to apply it. It’s up to your to experiment with it and see what works best. If you find you only have one small area which is too sensitive, then use the palm of your hand technique. If you find your whole penis head is too sensitive, then it makes sense to spray it directly.

          1. Augustya

            I believe you have also tried and done a article and review on using Dapoxetine and other SSRI’s to stop Premature Ejaculation. I was wondering and wanted to ask you if you have ever taken Dapoxetine or any other SSRI’s and also used Promescent together ? If yes, how has the experience between ? Has it been much better then only using Promescent alone ?

          2. Hello again Augustya,

            I have never combined Promescent with pills, so I can’t comment on that I’m afraid. I’m not sure how good an idea it would be to combine the different types. If you have tried it yourself, I’d be interested to know what happened.


  18. David Imohugudom

    Hi Ethan,

    I should have mentioned that i live in UK (London precisely). How do i get it please.


  19. utpal sharma

    in assam state guwahati city which pharmacy sold this promescent spry. Please help !

    1. Hi again Uptal,

      No pharmacies in your country sell it. I don’t think it is available from anywhere to you. You will have to search for another type which is available in your country.

  20. utpal sharma

    Hi,i want to use this product promescent. how much does it cost? i am married and suffering PE for long time….

  21. David Imohugudom

    Hi Ethan,

    Thanks for taking out time to help out with this issue. I am very grateful to you. My question to you is; where can i get this product from (The real one)? The reason i ask is because the company itself does not ship internationally yet; they only do US and Canada for now.

    1. Hi David,
      I’m glad you appreciate the article. If they don’t ship to your country, then I imagine you will just have to wait until they do. But I believe they do ship to a few countries outside of the US and Canada now, though I do not know which exactly.

  22. Stephen

    If you want the product to be bigger, why not drop the price. I have been with my wife almost 12 years.. I still get turned on by her, if I were to buy this product and just
    Say it does not work for me or for us. Do you offer a money back guarantee.. I don’t care to invest in your product, if you will invest in your customer..

    1. Hi Stephen
      This article is just a review of Promescent. We do not sell it, and it is not our product. You would have to take up your complaint about the price with the company, Absorption Pharmaceuticals. As for the money-back guarantee, I’m afraid I don’t know if they do or not. But my suspicion is that they don’t.

  23. kenneth

    Hi Ethan,

    nice article, i just have some clarification hope you could help. is there an effect or any discomfort that your partner may feel if doing ORAL sex?? or is it possible may be to wash your penis after maybe 3-4 min. after you apply so that if there are some smell or anything that would feel discomfort for your partner will be washed out.

    your reply will be highly appreciated

    THANKS a lot.

    1. Hi Kenneth,
      I’m glad you found it helpful. I definitely recommend washing after you apply it. You can remove any residue to be totally sure it won’t transfer to your partner. And hopefully get rid of the smell also. Though depending on how many sprays you need, there may still be a faint smell after washing.
      Hope that helps,

  24. markuss

    thanks for the info… id like to try it but is it available anywhere, is this available here in middle east. thanks

    1. Hi Markus,
      You’re welcome, and I’m afraid I don’t know if it’s available in the Middle East. My suspicion is that it isn’t, but you’d have to check with the company.

  25. I have a question about application of the product. I’m confused as
    To where to apply it. I have read many articles but none actually tell you

    1. Hi Ethan,

      Nice to hear from a fellow Ethan!
      Promescent is meant to be applied to the area around the frenulum mainly – on the underside of the penis head. But I think you can apply it on any area of the head which you find to be too sensitive.
      Hope that helps

  26. Thanks for the very helpful review. I have used a couple of different creams before but not had the best luck with them. So I think I will try Promescent. I’ll let you know what I think of it at some point in the future.

  27. Hi Ethan,
    Great article! I’ve been thinking of giving it a go – do you know if it’s available anywhere in the UK yet?

    1. Thanks Chris, I’m glad you liked it. As far as I’m aware it’s not. I’ve just done some searching now after reading your comment, but it’s doesn’t seem that anyone is distributing it in the UK, so you will have to contact the company direct.

  28. DarkLord

    Well I tried the recommended dose last night (3 sprays) and I nearly killed my wife. This stuff really works! I’m gonna dial it down to 2 sprays and see how it goes.

    1. Hi Darklord – that’s great to hear, and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Try not to kill your wife though;-)

  29. Thanks for the honest review. I’m thinking about buying it. The one question I have about it is whether or not I’ll still need to lubricate after applying it?

    1. Hi Justin

      No problem – I’m glad you found it helpful. I would say that everything else stays exactly the same as if you weren’t using it. Promescent absorbs really well into the skin in my experience, and doesn’t leave any kind of lubrication as a by-product. Once it’s sprayed on, rubbed in and given a couple of minutes you’ll be completely dry again. So yes, if you normally use lubricant, then you will still need to I think.
      Hope that helps

  30. I heard about Promescent on a radio show recently and they said it worked really well. So I thought I’d give it a go but wanted to check out a review first. This is a really good one with just what I wanted to know so thank you.

    1. Hi Andy
      I’m glad you found the review helpful, thanks taking the time to say so. And yes, Promescent has had some good things said about it on the radio and TV in the US particularly.
      Good luck with it.

  31. Thank you for the helpful review. I’ve tried different types of sprays and stuff as well but not found something which is quite right yet. I don’t get the transference problem people talk about cos I always use a condom anyway. The problem I get is making sure to use the exact same amount each time. It’s annoying when you realise you didn’t put enough on or accidentally put too much on. Sounds like this one might be good with the spray bottle measuring thing. I’ll definitely give it a go anyway and hope it works as well as it does for you!

    1. Hi Doug

      Thank you for your comment, and I’m glad you found the article helpful. I understand the frustration with getting the right amount each time. The metered pump of the promescent bottle does seem pretty accurate though. I tested it once by spraying a whole series of sprays in a line on my arm (bit of a waste I know!) and it did seem consistent. It’s not the most scientific test, but also once I learned how many sprays worked for me and just repeated that, it had a reliable effect. Far more than somehow guessing how much cream to squeeze out of a tube.
      I hope you have good results with it.

  32. Hi I read your review a few weeks ago and decided to try it and just want to say that I found it helps a lot! It doesn’t make me last as long as it does for you though but still made me go from less than a minute most times to at least 5 and sometimes more than that. So me and my girlfriend are both really happy about it:-)

    1. Hi Mark

      Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to come back and give your own feedback – that’s really appreciated and useful for other readers.

      It sounds like you’ve had a good improvement to your lasting time using Promescent. If you’re both happy with the result, then that’s the only thing which really matters.

      Thanks again for your comment

  33. I suffer with premature ejaculation myself and have tried a number of creams on the market but all of them seem to either make me go too “numb” or transfer to my girlfriend and cause her discomfort.
    I use Promescent and I have been extremely happy with it. It’s a spray rather than a cream and you are able to personalize the number of sprays to your individual needs. I really like the product and I believe it could help others out.

    1. Hi Stevie G

      Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion of Promescent. It’s helpful to hear from other guys as well. What you describe is exactly what I’ve found: most other sprays or creams have a risk of over-numbing because it’s hard to tell how much you’re using each time. And you also have to be really careful not to transfer it to your partner. Promescent is the only one I’ve found to beat both of these problems, which is a key reason I rate it so highly.

      Thanks again

  34. Thanks for an informative review. I will try it from the website and use your tips. Maybe 1 spray the first time and then increase.

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful, and I hope you have some luck with Promescent if you do give it a go. And starting with 1 spray and building up is a good way I think to test out any desensitizing spray.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It’s always appreciated:-)

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