Promescent Review – Why It’s My Preferred Delay Spray

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 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.

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.

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 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

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.

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 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. They usually have some deals if you buy bundles, and have great customer service if you have any questions.

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

  1. Dean Palmo

    Hi Ethan,

    Thank you very much for all the time you´ve put into this! I am thankful.
    One question. Once you have sprayed it on and you’re having sex with your partner, does it matter whether you constantly have hard sex or not?
    I mean, do you have to slow it down while having sex in order not to lose the effect of the spray?

    1. Hi Dean
      You’re very welcome. That’s a very good question, and I don’t think there’s a set answer. I guess if it works really well for you, then you should be able to have more intense sex. But some guys might find it still helps to take things a bit slower. After all, having slower sex is also a classic trick for extending how long you last.
      In my personal experience, I was able to maintain a good speed and intensity when using the Promescent – as long as I made sure I kept my mental arousal in check as well as my physical.

      1. Anonymous

        Thank you for answering! :)
        Well, soon I´m about to find out. I´ve ordered the promescent – and I am looking forward trying it out.
        The main goal must be prolonging the intercourse. I really hope it will help me, cause I´m primarily challenged by the physical sensitivity.
        I´ll stop by and let you know :)

        Thanks again.


        1. You’re welcome. If you think physical sensitivity is the main cause, then hopefully it should help. It might take a few goes to experiment with rubbing it in correctly and finding the right number of sprays, so don’t lose hope if it doesn’t work miracles straight away.
          It would be great to hear back from you once you’ve tried it, and I know other readers appreciate reading the experiences of other guys too.

          1. cynthia.....ergh....Clyde! ?

            I’m a woman. Ran across this reading and looking for new interesting resources or info or reviews. Sorry if I’m intruding, but I figured as a partner to someone who struggled with PE I’d share…. We experimented with a lot of combinations and “rituals,” our favorite finally being to make applying it and waiting something during foreplay (mental and physical). I usually wiped it off. Just our thing. I didn’t taste the product at all or ever feel numbing anywhere. I’m BIG into edging my boyfriend, though, and I finally got him to come to the dark side, so I “share” the mission to monitor cumming (I know better than he does exactly when, not to be “i told u so…”). Honestly, sometimes now he thinks he’s cum, getting the squirting sensation (from palming lightly). But dry orgasms! Finally! Now we’re in business. :). And no refraction needed. I’d try playing with tantric and edging, but that’s always my vote, I guess.

          2. hello sir, i have 2 question:
            1—i would like to use promescent spray. still i didn’t understand were i should spray on penis, so please let me know perfectly where i should apply it?
            2–i have little allergic from food it possible to use for me? few years before i used procomile spray its has allergic.

          3. Hi Sanny
            1. Normally these type of sprays are applied to the penis head mainly. If that doesn’t help, you can try the whole penis.
            2. I think the main ingredient to procomile spray is lidocaine, the same as promescent. So if you had an allergic reaction to that, I don’t recommend using promescent.

          4. Hi Steve
            When I say the head, I’m thinking about the frenulum too really. Maybe I should be clearer in the future! But I also think it’s good to experiment with the spray and where you apply it. At the end of the day, the idea is to try and use as little as possible, on as limited an area as possible so you can maximize the effect vs pleasure reduction ratio if you do find it numbs a little too much.

    1. Hi Chester
      To be honest, I’m not great with smells so I’m not even sure how I’d describe it! I can only say that it’s a very light smell, and doesn’t smell bad. I guess neutral would be the best word for it.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I’ve tried a couple of sprays before with mixed results. I get the feeling this is potentially the right treatment for me, but I want to find the most reliable one. How precise do you think the metered spray is? Does it spray the exact same amount each time, or is it sometimes weaker or stronger?

    1. Hi Steven
      I know what you mean – reliability is sometimes an issue, especially with creams and gels. As far as the sprays go, I think Promescent is pretty consistent on the whole. I once tried spraying a series of sprays onto my forearm to see if they looked the same, and although they weren’t 100% identical, they looked similar enough to me. I know it’s not exactly a scientific way of evaluating the quantity, but when using it, I’ve also found I get the same level of numbing each time with no random times where it’s too much or too little.

  3. Very helpful review, thank you! I have a serious problems lasting more than 2-3 mins when I have sex with my gf, and sometimes don’t even get that far as foreplay can be too much especially if I’m feeling very horny and she gives me a blowjob etc. So my question is, how good is the spray for using during foreplay? Presumably arousal isn’t just physical and also mental, so how does a spray help me not get too aroused mentally? Thanks

    1. Hi Harry
      You’re welcome – it’s always good to hear people found the review helpful.
      That’s actually a really great question, well two questions really.
      Thinking about it, it’s not so easy to answer. The first question is a bit easier in that in terms of physical foreplay, it works as well as it does during sex. So during any touching, whether with hands or during oral, the spray will help reduce the sensitivity, which should help you last longer. So it’s good to apply it either right at the start of foreplay, or even beforehand if you can plan it that way.
      As for the second question, well it does and it doesn’t help. There’s nothing in the makeup of promescent that can reduce your mental arousal, so in that way it can’t help. Having said that, I know many guys say – either about promescent or other similar products – that the act of using it gives them confidence because they know from previous experience that it helps reduce sensitivity. That confidence can then in turn help them stay calm, which reduced the arousal.
      So I guess what I’m saying is that it doesn’t directly help, but can do indirectly if you know that it works for you generally.

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience Ethan. I’ve been thinking about trying Promescent as I heard about it on the radio, of all places, a while back. Your review has definitely encouraged me to give it a go. Thanks also for the article about using delay sprays, which is really useful too. Just one question – do you know how long promescent lasts in the bottle before going out of date?

    1. Hi Shayne
      I’m happy to hear you found the article and website helpful! To be honest, I’m not entirely sure, but I think it has a pretty long shelf life. The last batch I got had a use by date way in the future, so unless you only have sex very rarely, you should be fine.

  5. Hello,

    I have a question about this product. When applying this spray to the penis, is it required that you have an erection or can it be just in a normal state?

    1. Hi Eric
      You can apply it either flaccid or erect – it doesn’t matter, so it’s a question of personal preference and timing I guess. If you’d like more information about the correct application, you might find my recent article explaining how to use delay sprays in general useful.

  6. Hey Ethan, very interesting and helpful blog. Just one question, how long does it last i.e. if sprayed once, will it give me the extra boosting time for the whole night? Or I’ll have to spray each time I want to have sex – 4 sprays for 4 rounds in 1 night? Thanks

    1. Hi Dave
      I’m glad you found the website helpful! I think how long it lasts will depend on the person, but you might be able to get a couple of hours out of it. The hope would then be that if you’re having an extended love-making session, you’ll naturally last longer after a few rounds anyway!

      1. Thanks Ethan. I’d let you know in couple of weeks time when I am hoping to trying it out with a new partner. Keep the good work.

        1. You’re welcome Dave! If you have a moment to pop back and let me, and other readers, know if it worked for you, that would be very much apppreciated!

  7. Hi Ethan,
    Is it OK to take Viagra and use Promescent at the same time during sex?
    I mean first to take Viagra in order to get a strong erection and then use Promescent in order to delay ejaculation.

  8. Oh wow, I can’t believe I am just seeing your spray of choice now! I have both a physically sensitive penis as well as easily irritable skin to certain medications (thus why we were excited to try the herbal option Suifan). Do you happen to know the list of ingredients that are in this product? Is it just Lidocaine?

  9. Hi , I’m about to purchase promescent. Currently I’m using half kamagra to keep my erection and to keep me going for a few hours. Do I still need to use the kamagra when I use the promescent ? Thanks .

    1. Hi Vincent
      The promescent will not do what the kamagra does, so it’s up to you to decide if you want to try both at once. You could try promescent on its own first to see what effect it gives you. Then if you feel you still need the kelp of the kamagra, take them together next time.

  10. Hi
    We married 3 yrs back and seriously thinking everyday for parenting. But like others I have premature ejaculation problem in max. 2-3 mins. If I use this will it destroy my dream.! I heard that such chemicals will affect the sperm motility as these chemical are already reaching vagina at the time of ejaculation. Pls can some one reply.? Also I’m failing to satisfy my partner majority of the time. Pls someone advice.

  11. hello Ethan,
    I am suffered the life long severe premature ejaculation “causes of penis hypersensitivity” , my penetration time is maximum 5 seconds or less, sometime i ejaculate during the fore play or as soon as i touched my penis . start and stop technique ,kegel exercise don’t work for me.
    two days before I just red about the temporary treatment called promescent spray. I just wonder if it’s work on me and how many sprays do I need to start with in the beginning since I have very severe premature ejaculation, or you suggest some strong delay cream instead of spray.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Rizwan
      Promescent is a good spray, and it might help you – but there’s no real way to tell until you try it. As with all desensitizing products, they work really well for some guys, but not for others. Personally, I prefer sprays to creams because it’s easier to repeat the exact amount you need. Try just one or two sprays to start with and see if that helps. If not, try three or four.

  12. Sir herewith am requesting you pls show your customers to use how on youtube bcs most of them are innocents. they even dont know how to use it and where to make a spray and how to rub.

    1. Hi manoj
      I understand what you mean, but I don’t make videos at all. I also don’t make these products – all I do is review them independently. It’s up to the manufacturer to provide clear instructions for the customer. The leaflet that comes with Promescent explains exactly what to do with the spray, so I don’t think it’s necessary for me to make a video, nor my responsibility really.

  13. Hi Ethan…I recently bought Promescent and I tried it out yesterday and today. ..was desperate for it to work as a temporary measure but it didn’t :(….

    I applied 4 sprays to the entire glans …waited 15 minutes. ..and then masturbated using cetaphil (water based moisturiser) …but my glans was very sensitive as soon as I was erect…and I inevitably ejaculated very soon… what do u think I did wrong? The rubbing in perhaps? I didn’t spend too much time on it…I stopped as soon as the white colour of the liquid was no longer visible. …also do u think that results based on masturbating with cetaphil are misleading. ..and that it might actually work with intercourse?

    1. Hi SJ
      Sorry to hear you didn’t have much success with it. As I said in the article, there’s no guarantee it will work for all guys unfortunately. However, I’d try it again a couple of time to see how it goes. Maybe if you rub it in a little more it might help. In terms of the cetaphil, no I don’t think it matters. If the spray works, it should work with or without lubricant. It’s possible though that the general pleasure from masturbating the shaft is what caused you to ejaculate. Perhaps try again, but compare how it feels to touch the glans with and without the promescent. That might give you a better idea of if it’s helping reduce physical sensitivity.

  14. Thank you for sharing such valuable information. I have perhaps an odd question: what if I am unable to apply 10 mins before (due to logistical reasons). Do you think it can work if applied 45-60 mins ahead of time with perhaps an extra spray? I intend to experiment and find out but wanted to check with you in the meantime.

    1. Hi Robby
      Thanks for your comment – I’m glad you found the article helpful. To be honest, I’m not sure if that would work. I think if you apply it an hour before, you might find the effects are wearing off when you actually have sex – especially if you have lots of foreplay etc first. The question then is if you apply more sprays, will that mean it takes longer to wear off and so you have the effect you want still an hour later? That’s what I don’t know. I’m tempted to say no, it wouldn’t really work that way, but I just don’t know. I guess you’ll just have to experiment as you say. Let me know if it does work though!

  15. Thanks for the great review. I heard of Promescent on the radio last year but never got round to trying it. I reckon I’ll give it a go. If it works as well as you say, the missus is in for a treat:-)

    1. Hi Paul
      You’re welcome – I’m glad you found the review helpful. If you have a minute in the future it would be great to hear back from you to say if it worked or not.

  16. Anonymous

    My partner loves oral, would there be an after taste after l have sprayed and washed?

  17. Hi there
    Heard it has side effects and all is that true or its rare ?

    1. Hi Mahir
      I haven’t heard of it having side effects, and certainly didn’t experience any when I tried it.

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