Premature Ejaculation Cream and Gel Review

Premature Ejaculation SprayGuys who come too fast often have the impression that their penis is hypersensitive. While hypersensitivity of the penis could cause premature ejaculation, multiple other factors determine ejaculation control. Still, reducing the penis sensation with a premature ejaculation cream is an effective way to delay ejaculation.

Note that this page will talk about premature ejaculation cream as a generic term that contains both PE cream and PE gel. However Premature Ejaculation Sprays and Condoms have their own pages.

What Are Premature Ejaculation Creams

A Premature Ejaculation Cream is a semi-liquid solution made from active ingredients that will numb your penis and reduces its sensation. If you apply it to your sex, your penis won’t feel all the stimulation, and it will delay ejaculation.

The active ingredients responsible for the numbing are either benzocaine or lidocaine.


Benzocaine is an over-the-counter local anesthesia used to treat, among other things, sore throats, toothache3.


Lidocaine is a local anesthesia available in different forms like cream, gel or sprays used as a local nerve block numbing agent4. It’s available over-the-counter under certain form in the USA. Over-the-counter premature ejaculation cream uses benzocaine instead of lidocaine. Lidocaine is a more potent anesthesic, but it’s only available in spray format in the USA.

How to Use Premature Ejaculation Creams?

To take full advantage of the delay effect of premature ejaculation creams, you need to respect the manufacturer application procedure. You’ll find that instruction on the product’s packaging. Usually, it’s only a matter of dabbing the recommended quantity on your fingers and evenly spread the cream to your glans, frenulum and other sensitive parts of your penis.

Application Quantity

You’ll find on each product’s packaging specific instructions. Those instructions will tell you how much you need to apply. Please respect the direction! It could be tempting you use more than the recommended quantity for an increased effect, but this could harm you and increase the risk of side effect or allergic reaction.

Time of application

You need to apply the product before penetration. Benzocaine’s and lidocaine’s effects aren’t immediate; it takes some time to kick in. You’ll find the exact time of each product on its packaging.

So, you’ll have to plan ahead and apply the product before. Of course, as sex isn’t always planned in advance, you can also apply the cream during the foreplay and keep your partner’s arousal going with kissing/cuddling/caressing while you wait for the product to take effects.

Collateral Partners Desensitizing

If you aren’t using a condom, it is recommended to gently wash your sex with a damp washcloth once the cream is absorbed. If you do not do this before penetration, it’s possible to reduce your partner’s sex sensitivity. However, the cream needs to be absorbed before washing it out, so wait until you feel the numbness in your sex before doing so.

Of course, if you’re using a condom on top of the cream, it will remove the risk of accidentally desensitize your partner. By doing so, you can avoid this damp washcloth step.

Erection Stability

By decreasing penile sensitivity, the cream can also make it harder for you to keep an erection. If it’s your case, probably that the reason why you ejaculate quickly has nothing to do with the sensitivity of your penis. You should look for other causes to your premature ejaculation. However, if you haven’t any difficulties gaining and maintaining an erection, it shouldn’t be a problem for you.

Are Premature Ejaculation Creams Effective?

The International Consultation on Sexual Dysfunctions (ICSD) recommend local anesthetic like premature ejaculation cream as first-line treatment of PE3. Some studies show the efficacity of different premature ejaculation creams4. However, all those studies examined a specific lidocaine-prilocaine formula. It’s not all the cream on the market that uses this particular formula.

Since every product has their unique formula, with a different concentration of the active ingredient, the effectiveness of each product can vary a lot.

Are Premature Effective Creams Safe?

Benzocaine and lidocaine, the active ingredient used in many creams, are available over-the-counter in the different form in the USA. They are well-known, relatively safe, substances when they are used in reasonable quantity. Still, they are drugs and could present potential serious side effects and cause allergic reactions. To assure a safe usage, always respect the instruction on the product’s packaging. Since this site isn’t a professional medical opinion, I recommend talking with a pharmacist or doctor first if you want to be 100% sure.

The Best Premature Ejaculation Creams

Unlike premature ejaculation condoms, there aren’t multinational brands that manufacture that kind of product. If you want to try some cream, you’ll have to try a smaller brand that doesn’t convey the same brand credibility as companies like Trojan or Durex. That doesn’t mean their products aren’t as effective, but there is more risk to get a low-quality product. For this reason, I encourage to try a couple of brands to see which one is effective for you.

Where to Buy Premature Ejaculation Creams?

You can buy premature ejaculation cream in physical or online sex-shops. You can also buy premature ejaculation creams or gel on Amazon. We’ve listed some available products here.

Premature Ejaculation Cream vs Other Delay Products

The numbing substances of premature ejaculation cream are also available in other formats. Premature ejaculation condoms and sprays also procure the same effect. If you want to know which one is more suited for you, you can consult our Best Premature Ejaculation Products page.


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