Premature Ejaculation Sprays Review

Premature Ejaculation SprayPremature Ejaculation Sprays are products that can help you delay ejaculation by reducing your penis sensibility. Just like premature ejaculation cream and premature ejaculation condoms, sprays can numb your genital and delay ejaculation. Because of those effects, they are also called delay sprays or desensitizing sprays.

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What Are Premature Ejaculation Sprays

Premature Ejaculation Sprays are liquid drops of desensitizing solution in aerosols. The solution acts as a local anesthetic.

When your sex is stimulated, it sends messages to your brain and spinal cord via your nervous system. When there is too much stimulation, the ejaculation reflex occurs. Some men ejaculate quickly because their penis sends too much of those messages. The local anesthetic solution will block some of those signals, thus delaying the time it takes to ejaculate.

The active ingredients that act as local anesthetics in premature ejaculation sprays are benzocaine and lidocaine. Those substances are commonly used to treat, among other things, sore throats, toothache, earache1 or as a surgical/procedural local anathesia1,2. Both are available, in specific formats, as over-the-counter products in the US.

How to Use Premature Ejaculation Sprays?

For a maximal efficacy, you need to spray the solution directly on your penis sometimes before sex. The time of application and the required quantity will vary from one product to another, so it’s important to follow the instructions on the product’s box.

One thing to keep in mind is that, unlike the premature ejaculation cream, it’s not always possible to spread the solution evenly with your hands, so be sure to aim your spray at the sensitive part of your penis.

How Much to Apply

Since over-spraying could present a health risk, please respect the quantity indicated on the product’s box or packaging. It could be tempting to apply more spray for better results, but it poses some serious risks to do so.

When to Apply

The numbing effect of lidocaine and benzocaine take some time to take effect. That’s why you should apply it sometimes before sex. Each product has it own application time, but it’s usually around 5 to 20 minutes for a maximal effect.

While you wait for the effect to kick in, you can focus on increasing your partner arousal while controlling yours for a better ejaculation control.

Harder to get hard

One of the side effects of desensitizing products like premature ejaculation sprays is that it makes erections harder to gain and maintain. If you apply the product before you have an erection, you will feel it’s a bit tougher to get hard, and if you use it while you already have an erection, you’ll be more prone to losing it. If you have erection problems on top of your premature ejaculation, this could be a problem. However, if it’s easy for you to get an erection, it shouldn’t bother you.

How to Keep it to Yourself

Another unwanted effect of delay product can be an accidental desensitizing of your partner’s sex. You want to keep the anesthetic to your sex; not your partner’s one.

Premature ejaculation sprays (at least for some brands) are generally better absorbed than PE cream or gel. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but it’s still a risk. To avoid this potential downside, you can either wear a condom, pass a damp washcloth on your sex before penetration or simply use a brand like Promescent that can be fully absorbed by the skin.

Are Premature Ejaculation Sprays Effective?

Premature Ejaculation Sprays are a front-line treatment recommended by The International Consultation on Sexual Dysfunctions (ICSD)3. Fortacin, a lidocaine-prilocaine spray has robust studies that prove its efficacy4. However, it’s only available in Europe. If you’re in North American, you can look at Promescent. It’s a lidocaine spray that has one Internet-based survey that suggests it’s efficacity5. The Promescent “study” however suffer from some methodology weakness like the lack of a real placebo control group. The pharmaceutical company behind Promescent is working on a new study that includes a control group and that should be released soon.

Are Premature Effective Sprays Safe?

While benzocaine and lidocaine are available over-the-counter, they are still drugs and could present some side effects or cause allergic reactions. That’s why you always have to respect the product’s instruction for a safe usage. A talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the products you want to use is also advised.

The Best Premature Ejaculation Sprays

While Fortacin is backup by clinical trials that prove its efficacy, it needs a doctor prescription and can be expensive. It’s also only available in Europe. Promescent is an over-the-counter solution. As the biggest brand in the market, it conveys a certain reputation and manufacturing standard. However, it’s also pricey. You can click here to read our Promescent review.

If Promescent is a little expensive for you, you can find cheaper alternatives, but they won’t necessarily have the same brand quality seal that Promescent has.

Where to Buy Premature Ejaculation Sprays?

To get Fortacin, you first need a doctor prescription. You should never buy Fortacin without a prescription. You can end up with a counterfeit product that is unsafe for usage.

Promescent is available in some drugstores or online via their official website.

Other brands are available in physical sex-shops and online. You can also buy premature ejaculation sprays on Amazon. You can find the main brands here.

Premature Ejaculation Sprays vs Other Delay Products

Other than premature ejaculation sprays, other products exist on the market to delay ejaculation. You can find those other products and how they compare to sprays on the best premature ejaculation products page.


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