Do Numbing Sprays Really Work for Premature Ejaculation?

Sexual Health

However, as we all know, our most passionate fantasies don’t always translate into reality. So what do you do when the sexual marathon you planned ends up feeling more like a sprint?

The good news is that there are lots of products on the market to help with male stamina, including ASTROGLIDE Verge prolonging spray.

Are you wondering if a desensitizing spray like Verge might be right for you? Here are some common questions people have about desensitizing sprays:

What Are Desensitizing Sprays?

Desensitizing sprays are products that can be used on the penis to help delay orgasm, allowing sex to last longer.

They are most often made with ingredients like benzocaine, lidocaine, and prilocaine, which help to numb the skin. They can be purchased over-the-counter, without a prescription.

Do Desensitizing Sprays Work?

In many cases, yes, they can work. Though every person’s anatomy is different, desensitizing sprays are a great option for those people in possession of a penis who would like to last a little longer in bed.

As Dr. Jess O’Reilly, Astroglide’s resident sexologist explains, “Desensitizing products have been shown to work well in people who have been diagnosed with premature ejaculation. In one study, using a desensitizing product five minutes before engaging in intercourse resulted in a 6x increase in delay of orgasm.” For many people, this can be a real gamechanger.

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Over the course of three months, couples utilized the ejaculation delay products and tracked the time from vaginal penetration to ejaculation and recorded an average desensitizing of 3.8 minutes — a considerable increase from the 0.6-minute pre-intervention average baseline.

Participants abstained from sexual activity for 24 hours before each encounter and the double-blind study revealed that the product containing lidocaine and prilocaine facilitated sexual encounters that lasted 6.3 times longer.

“However, it’s important to remember that the length of a sexual encounter is not the sole barometer of its quality,” Dr. Jess continues. “The same study found that orgasm quality increased with product use. Nearly two-thirds of the men in the treatment group rated their orgasms as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ in comparison to 20% at the start of the study (pre-intervention).”

Will Desensitizing Sprays Improve My Sex Life?

The short answer is maybe.

It’s important to note that not everyone wants to last longer in bed.

As Dr. Jess explains, “The average length of intercourse is only a few minutes — you don’t have to have marathon sex every time. Research suggests that men (who have sex with women) tend to desire longer sessions of intercourse than women and this may be tied to their perception that their female partners want it to last longer.”

Unrealistic standards established by porn as well as other social pressures may play a role in shaping this perception — which is why it’s so important that you get feedback from your partner. You may believe they want you to last longer during intercourse when in fact, they may not. (After all, who doesn’t love a good quickie?)


As Dr. Jess explains, “They may be perfectly satisfied with how long sex lasts, but desire other types of sex to complement intercourse — the only way to know what they want is to ask and cultivate a relationship in which you can be honest and open with one another.”

However, if you and your partner have talked about it and you feel that having sex last longer is something that would appeal to both of you, desensitizing sprays can be a great option.

Do You Need To Rinse Your Desensitizing Spray Off Before Sex?

You may want to reduce sensitivity for yourself in order to last longer during sexual activity, but you probably don’t want to reduce sensitivity for your partner in the process. Some desensitizing sprays need to be washed off before sex in order to prevent transferring the product to your partner. In order to prevent this, make sure that you are carefully reading the product packaging before use to make sure you’re applying it properly.

To address this issue, ASTROGLIDE Verge is specially formulated to dry quickly and not leave the oily residue that some desensitizing sprays can leave behind.

If you follow the instructions and your partner is still experiencing reduced sensation as a result of contact with a desensitizer, you may want to try a different brand. As Dr. Jess explains, “Each product is unique in terms of ingredients and application. Some are quickly absorbed so you can rinse your penis before contact with a partner to reduce their chances of feeling some of the numbing and/or desensitization effects.”

Can Desensitizing Sprays Help With Premature Ejaculation?

It can be easy for even the most mature adults to get uncomfortable discussing the more intimate details surrounding sex. Certain topics in particular — like issues around sexual performance — seem to carry an extra level of taboo and embarrassment.

Although the topic of premature ejaculation can be a touchy one, the reality is that as many as 30% of men experience premature ejaculation.

If you’re one of them, the good news is that you have options.

While there are lots of different ways to cope with premature ejaculation, one of the most popular is the use of desensitizing sprays.

Stamina issues in bed can feel like a daunting issue to address, but the reality is that tons of couples who deal with premature ejaculation are still able to have fun and fulfilling sex lives. The key is to communicate about your needs so that you can explore the options that work best for you. And, as with any medical concern, if you have any questions, be sure to talk to your doctor.

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Looking For The Best Desensitizing Spray?

We’ve got you covered. ASTROGLIDE Verge is exactly what you need for pleasure that lasts all night long. Go further, last longer, and explore the edges of ecstasy together in ways you never dreamed of before. With this one little spray, you have the power to give both of you a sensual experience that you won’t soon forget.

How have your experiences with desensitizing sprays been?

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