The Best Delay Sprays & Creams:

7 Desensitizing Products That Actually Work

Written by: Don Watson | Updated: April 8th, 2023

our top 3 picks for Delay Sprays

  • Clinically tested and FDA compliant
  • Effective at preventing premature ejaculation
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  • Developed by a team of urologists
  • Clinically tested & proven to work
  • Increased ejaculatory latency time by 5 minutes in clinical trials
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  • Good value with about 35 sprays per bottle
  • Absorbs quickly
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The male orgasm is a wonderful thing. Pumping and thrusting your way to an explosive ejaculation is a feeling so great it's used as a benchmark to compare against other things, have you ever heard the expression that "X is better than sex"?

Not everybody gets everything they want out of sex due, though. This is typically due to physical limitations, namely how long the male can last before reaching orgasm and the fun is over until round 2. This can be disheartening to both the male and the female, as we both know sex is most worth it when everybody gets a cookie.

Increasing your stamina in the bedroom as a male can be done through a few different ways.

You could use a toy like the Fleshlight STU to habituate yourself to extremely pleasurable sensations and build your stamina over time, or you could do it the manual way. However, those options take time and aren't necessarily for everyone.

For that reason, desensitizing sprays have grown in popularity over the years and I as a sex blogger have had no choice but to experiment with them (mainly out of curiosity but also because I think most men wouldn't turn up a few extra minutes per sex session).

What Are Delay Sprays?

A delay spray is a liquid or cream that is either sprayed or applied onto the male genitals that functions to reduce the overall sensations felt by sexual stimulation. These sprays and creams typically contain a topical anesthetic like benzocaine or lidocaine and can increase the time to orgasm for most males by up to a factor of four. 

Men with premature ejaculation or who want to go the distance in making their partner orgasm choose delay sprays because they're easy to apply, are compatible with condoms, and are amazingly effective. They're topical anesthetics so there's essentially no long term health implications to speak if the sprays are used regularly.

Do They Actually Work?

Alright so you're probably thinking "cut the crap Don, there's no way these sprays actually work".

You're not wrong to be skeptical. You should always be skeptical of products that make big claims such as adding time to your overall sexual performance. I too was VERY skeptical and also a bit apprehensive of ejaculation delay products for a variety of reasons. Not only did I not think they would work but I was also a bit worried they could cause damage to the sensitive skin and tissues of my penis. The last thing I want to do is hurt myself, and you'd never catch me promoting products that would cause harm to my readers (unlike many blogs of this nature).

The truth of the matter is that delay sprays that contain lidocaine or benzocaine (which is specially designed to be absorbed by the skin of the penis), do in fact work at delaying ejaculations by numbing or muting the sensations of sex. If you've ever used a numbing cream which contained either lidocaine or benzocaine, you'll likely be able to conclude how these products work.

That being said, DO NOT just go apply normal benzocaine or lidocaine cream to your penis. Delay sprays are specially formulated to be safely applied to the head and shaft of your penis.

Don't take my word for it though, even the UK's NHS can back up the claims. This article quotes a study which found that "Men who used the spray prolonged intercourse from 0.6 minutes to 3.8 minutes, while the placebo group increased to 1.1 minutes."

The Best Products I've Tried:

Our Top Pickdctblv2-table__imagePromescent Climax Control Spray
  • Developed by an actual urologist
  • Contains 10mg of lidocaine
  • Adds 10-20 minutes on average performance
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Runner-updctblv2-table__imageDynamo Delay Spray
  • Clinically tested and FDA compliant
  • Can help treat premature ejaculation
  • Affordable
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Most Populardctblv2-table__imageKY Duration Genital Desensitizer
  • Wide application range
  • Has about 35 sprays
  • Absorbs quickly
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dctblv2-table__imageEdge Delay Gel
  • All-natural
  • Tasteless and odorless
  • Made of horny goat weed, jojoba oil, and gingko biloba extracts
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dctblv2-table__imageAdam & Eve Go Long Spray
  • Benzocaine as active ingredient
  • Compatible with latex and other types of condoms
  • Takes only 5 minutes to absorb
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dctblv2-table__imageDoc Johnson Power Plus
  • Only takes about 30 minutes to work
  • Cream formula
  • 2-ounce tube
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dctblv2-table__imageStud 100 Desensitizing Spray
  • Tasteless and odorless
  • Contains 7/16 ounce
  • Contains about 10mg of lidocaine
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#1 - Promescent Climax Control Spray (My #1 Pick)

Promescent's delay spray is the top of the line, absolute best delay spray for your money out there. It was developed by an actual urologist and has been backed up by clinical studies to significantly reduce the issue of premature ejaculation. The product is FDA compliant and has been proven to be safe and effective in clinical studies

It's a lidocaine spray that apparently found a way around absorption issues by changing the chemical nature of the lidocaine before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

Using it was pretty straightforward, I sprayed it under the head and under the shaft with another on top for good measure. The bottle says to use about three sprays but no more than ten, and it should be applied ten minutes before sex. Then it's just a matter of rubbing it around just a pinch to help it absorb evenly and I was good to go.

The numbing doesn't transfer over to my wife whatsoever and it's still very pleasurable for me overall, the feelings are just a little muted and it takes me longer to reach orgasm. It makes me feel like I have a lot more control over my sexual release.

It's hands down the best delay spray out there by a huge margin.

When I apply Promescent 5-10 minutes before sex, I'm typically able to add anywhere from 10-20 minutes above my average 15-minute performance in the bedroom. It's a very solid product and one that I'd highly recommend to any man looking to delay their ejaculations.

Whether you struggle with premature ejaculation or you just want to increase your sexual stamina purely for recreational purposes, Promescent Climax Control spray is a must try!

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#2 - Dynamo Delay Spray (Runner-Up)

This next product is one I just recently was introduced to as it was actually recommended by a client of my wife's.

Just like the previous delay spray, this one's active ingredient is Lidocaine. Dynamo is also FDA compliant and clinically tested to help delay ejaculations in men.

From my experience, it works very similar to Promescent. It provides a comparable muting effect. However, it's my second choice (for lasting longer) due to it being slightly less effective. They both contain the same amount of lidocaine but I think it comes down to absorption. The type of lidocaine that is used in Promescent is specially formulated to be absorbed by your penile glans and the skin of your penis. 

Dynamo probably wouldn't quite dull the sensations of sexual intercourse enough for someone that struggles with moderate to severe premature ejaculation. If this sounds like you, I'd recommend the first option. 

That being said, Dynamo Delay would be perfect for guys that just want a little extra help lasting longer. It will slightly dull the sensations of sex but not so much that it will degrade the sensations of stimulation. It will still feel amazing, just a bit more muted than usual. I personally love this product. At only $14.99, it's a steal in my opinion. 

#3 - KY Duration Genital Desensitizer (Most Popular)

Our next contender is from none other than the lube behemoth KY. The Duration delay spray has about 35 sprays to a 0.16 fl oz. bottle and is another lidocaine-based spray.

I like the KY spray because of how their nozzle is designed, it allows for a pretty wide application range with only a few sprays, I tend to get a lot out of very little with this spray.

Just make sure to let it dry a bit before getting down to business if you want to make sure none transfers over to your partner.

The spray itself absorbs pretty quickly and definitely increased my time in the sack by a considerable amount of time. In fact, my wife and I often see how many times I can get her to orgasm before I pop myself using this exact spray, so far we're at eight.

While not as mindblowing and sensual as the Promescent spray, the awesome nozzle makes it worth taking a look at.

#4 - Edge Delay Gel (Made With Natural Ingredients)

So this one is a bit of a departure from the trend in that it is a gel and not a spray. The benefit here is that it's easier to spread the desensitizing gel over the entirety of your penis compared to the sprays where every single drop is precious.

Interestingly enough there's no lidocaine or drugs you'd find in a hospital in this one. It's an all-natural concoction made of horny goat weed, jojoba oil, and gingko biloba extracts.

It's tasteless and odorless making it a great choice if you want to surprise your partner with an extra long session that they won't see coming, and to top it off you really don't have to use a lot. A drop or two is all you need. I like the tasteless factor because it means that oral is still on the menu for my wife, as she doesn't always take well to the taste of most delay sprays.

I don't blame any of my readers for being skeptical about how exactly a lot of these products work and if there are any long-term side effects. If you're not the type to buy into the claims of male enhancement products and just want something that exploits natural ingredients only, this is where it's at.

As this is a natural product and not made from clinical products, there are some differences in using it. Namely that you need to apply it about 1 hour before you intend on having sex instead of the 10 minute wait time typical of lidocaine sprays. Once you feel a slight tingle it'll take another 10 minutes or so to reach maximum efficacy.

It's awesome because there's no numbing action whatsoever, it makes me feel like an absolute stallion who's completely in control of the sexual encounter and all of my anxieties about lasting long fade away which really keeps me in the moment, I've pulled off some things I probably couldn't have if I was too busy focusing on not cumming.

This one is great if you want to use a delay product and not have your partner know, just budget enough time beforehand to apply it correctly.

#5 - Adam & Eve Go Long Spray

This product makes me feel like a damn pornstar. 

There's a very good chance you'll outlast your partner when using this product as I almost always outlast my wife whenever using it. They really named this product "Go Long" for a reason, it makes me able to do exactly that.

The active ingredient in this spray is benzocaine which works very similar to lidocaine. However, they do have noticeable differences. I find with benzocaine sprays like this one, they kind of turn the volume down (which I know makes very little sense) rather than a numbing sensation.

Now I can't really explain why but I find the erections I get when using this product are harder than normal. It's branded to do that so I'm not sure if I've gotten this effect strictly from placebo but whatever it is, I love it. 

This product is compatible with latex and other types of condoms so it's a great option if you're planning on using a condom... Just make sure to sneak off to the bathroom to apply the Go Long spray at least 5 minutes before you plan on getting down and dirty.

#6 - Doc Johnson Power Plus

Doc Johnson Power Plus is another cream and works through benzocaine which is slightly less effective than lidocaine as a topical anesthetic but tends to absorb better unless you're using the Promescent spray.

There's no taste to speak of according to my wife but there is a slight lotion-y smell associated with it. This is a good in-between choice for the sprays and the natural cream as it only takes about 30 minutes to work. Also, you can be a lot more liberal with application as there isn't really a point where you use too much and risk losing sensation entirely, it's perfect for people who are a little more worried about application and how much to use, it's a very forgiving cream.

It does a good job at delaying my cum reflex but it isn't as powerful as others on this list and has a slight effect on how much enjoyment I'm able to receive physically. Although I will say it gives me complete control over when I ejaculate during sex, it's almost like it gives me a remote control that I just have to mentally press a button on to push myself over the edge.

#7 - Stud 100 Desensitizing Spray

Stud 100 is the delay spray with the longest history in the industry, being around since about the 1970s. There's a fair bit of lidocaine in it so be careful when applying. 

Since this is another lidocaine spray it works the same as the Promescent one, apply about ten minutes before you want to have sex, massage it into the skin, and there you have it.

The lidocaine content is absolutely staggering on this one, it definitely reduces sensation the most out of all of these on the list which may or may not be what you're going for. If you want to be able to pump away like a crazed horse long into the night, this is the one to shoot for. There's no taste or smell which is always a benefit in my book, the fewer side effects the better.

Personally, it is my least favorite out of all of the sprays but it has its uses when we're on vacation and really want to get our money's worth out of the hotel room.

How To Use Delay Sprays & Creams

This will entirely depend on which delay spray or cream you've gotten your hands on. Always be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle, instruction manual or box that it came in. 

I tend to take a less is more philosophy when it comes to products like this, I always start with slightly less than it recommends and work my way up as needed.

Whichever product you've bought, you'll need to rub the cream or spray across the entire area of your penis. Be sure to spread it on the shaft of your penis (and outside of your foreskin if you have one). I'm circumcised personally, so I always rub the product onto the skin of the head of my penis whenever I'm looking for an added delaying effect. When I rub it into the head of my penis, I'm able to last for a very long time (my wife can attest to this).


If you suffer from premature ejaculation and are tired of having to explain with embarrassment on your face that "this doesn't usually happen" then you should absolutely consider using a desensitizing spray or cream. The Promescent spray is without a doubt the best in my opinion but the others have their slight differences and nuances that might appeal to you more depending on your specific needs. It all matters how much wait time you're okay with and what kind of desensitization you're going for (and also what level of desensitization that you personally need to control your orgasm).

To sum up all of the options mentioned:

  • When absorbed properly, Lidocaine-based sprays like most of the ones mentioned in this article cause slight numbing which can be very effective at prolonging ejaculations.
  • The benzocaine sprays essentially turn down the volume of each individual thrust, if that makes any sense. They work and feel similar to lidocaine sprays but they do have a noticeable difference.
  • Natural options like Edge Gel do not reduce sensation whatsoever, they use natural ingredients.

I hope that you're able to find the relief you and your sexual partners are looking for in these sprays, I know they've made for some interesting nights at my house. When you find the right delay spray that works best for you, you'll become much more in-tune with your inner stallion.

Be sure to leave a comment down below if I've missed any products that you've had good success with, or if you have any questions at all!

About Don Watson

My name is Don Watson and I love to support my wife Angela's passion for human sexuality. It pays dividends for me personally and I enjoy writing about the topic as I'm a sexual person by nature. I concern myself with everything on the website that has to do with the male reproductive system to compliment my wife's female-oriented content. Have any questions? You can contact me via email.

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Pierre Polièvre - February 22, 2019 Reply

I can definitely attest to the efficacy of Promescent. It’s a great product that I’ve been using for quite some time now to help add a few minutes to my sexual performances. It works great and is well worth it’s price tag. Has the perfect amount of numbing sensation without sacrificing too much pleasure. Lovely stuff.

    Don Watson - February 23, 2019 Reply

    I’m happy to hear you’ve experienced similar results as I have with it! We’ve gotten to know the company pretty well via email and they seem to be a very reputable company from what I can tell. Their product certainly speaks for itself. It’s nice to see a company that’s actually able to provide tangible results for dudes that suffer from PE.

Robbie - May 4, 2019 Reply

For as long as I can remember I’ve had issues with premature ejaculation. Normally am able to last maybe 5 minutes (if I pace myself).

I first heard about delay sprays by watching an episode of The Doctors. As a guy who’s particularly skeptical of anything seen on television, I usually criticize people for buying things they hear about on shows like Dr Oz or whatever (I also judged everyone who bought the ShamWow or the SlapChop). This was probably the first time I knowingly bought something that was recommended to me on TV.

Anyways, on the show the people that wear nursing garb and suits who claim to be doctors were talking with a dude and his wife who apparently had premature ejaculation issues (side note: felt terrible for the dude, like honestly, who wants to be on national television as the guy with premature ejaculation). The dude had been using a climax control spray called Promescent and it had enhanced his sex life with his wife (his wife legitimately looked SO happy on the show, like it was probably the first time she came from having sex with her own husband, wild). Apparently the spray added over 5 minutes to the average sex session.

Bottom line: Needless to say I was curious to try the spray they recommended which was Promescent. I checked online and found the price was only about $20 all-in for me to try this stuff out. Needless to say, I gave it whirl. I’ve never looked back since and I now use it every time I have sex (and even sometimes when I masturbate). I just spray 3-5 sprays on my penis a few minutes before things get hot and heavy with my GF. The spray provides a slight numbing sensation which lasts a bit over an hour. Before using the spray it was hard to last 5 minutes, now that I use the spray I’m able to last well over 10 minutes and have gone as long as 20 minutes (using more sprays makes the numbing action more profound but I usually stick with a few sprays for a light numbing sensation so I can still fully enjoy the feeling of sex).

One of the most amazing things I’ve gotten from using delay sprays is that most times now when I have sex with my GF, I’m able to make her orgasm before I blow my load almost every time. Most times she cums multiple times before I blow my load. One time we orgasmed at pretty much exactly the same time which was probably the most enjoyable sensation I’ve ever felt sexually (hands down the best sex I’ve ever had). This all wouldn’t be possible without my trusty bottle of delay spray. I actually can’t recommend it enough for guys that struggle with premature ejaculation, this sh*t is a life saver for me.

triple b - September 30, 2019 Reply

broooooo in my country the only available that is common is Stud 100 but it is black cap version not this gold. Is this real or fake? What’s the difference of Gold and Black cap? please reply

    Don Watson - October 8, 2019 Reply

    Both black cap and gold cap are legitimate products sold by Stud 100. They both have the same packaging and overall aesthetic, so I don’t think the black cap is counterfeit. However, since they’ve been around since the 1970s and their packaging is rather simplistic they are one of the most commonly counterfeited delay sprays, so it is unfortunate you can’t get some of the better products. Both gold cap and black cap have 9.6% w/w lidocaine so the differences appear to be only cosmetic and in how much liquid you are supplied.

    Hope that helps!

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