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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Verdict

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.


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