Premature ejaculation is one of the most common sexual disorders in the world. Thankfully, there are a couple of ways to treat it, such as consuming oral medications like Priligy, or using delay sprays and creams. This article discusses the latter, helping you decide if delay sprays or creams are better suited for you.
Delay sprays and creams contain mild anesthetics like lidocaine, which reduces sensitivity when applied to skin muscles, or other tissue.
How does lidocaine cause that numbing sensation?
A sensation is naturally formed when our nerve cells transmit sensation signals by exchanging sodium and potassium ions with the environment. This creates a negative charge that flows through your body until it reaches your brain.
When lidocaine is applied to our body, our nerve cells are now unable to use negative sodium ions to create signals. As such, this results in a loss of sensation, creating numbness.
As sensitivity is one of the most common causes of PE, reducing sensitivity in the penis area is effective in helping you last longer during sexual intercourse. That said, the numbing will not occur throughout your entire penis, so rest assured that you will still be able to have enjoyable and pleasurable sex!
So which should you go for – spray or cream?
Well, while delay sprays and creams contain the same active ingredient lidocaine, there are some slight differences between the two which will be discussed in the latter part of this article.
As mentioned, delay sprays treat PE by reducing sensitivity in the penis, allowing you to last for as much as 6-7 times longer in bed.
To use the delay spray, spray it onto the head and shaft of your penis. Do so around 10-15 minutes before engaging in any sexual activity. This is to allow the product to absorb into the skin. If you don’t wait, you run the risk of causing unintended numbness in your partner and lowering the effectiveness of the product.
If this is your first time using a delay spray, take note that most men find 3 sprays or fewer to be the most effective. Using too much spray not only wastes product and money, but can also lead to less enjoyable sex as your penis becomes too numb. In some cases, this might cause you to lose your erection.
Delay sprays are known to be one of the most effective and quick PE treatments. According to a 2003 study, lidocaine spray was observed to increase average intravaginal ejaculation latency time (IVELT) from 84 seconds to 11 minutes and 21 seconds.
Similar results have been replicated in other studies, which further show that delay sprays can result in more intense orgasms and an increase in sexual satisfaction and experience.
Similar to delay cream, the biggest advantage of delay spray is that it works. When used appropriately, it can boost sexual performance and treat PE.
However delay spray also has some advantages when compared to delay cream. It not only acts faster, but is also cleaner and easier to use. This is because it’s spray based and only has to be applied 10-15 minutes before sex (compared to 30 minutes for delay cream). Furthermore, delay sprays are better at targeting specific areas of the penis.
A main disadvantage of delay spray is that it takes several tries before finding the perfect number of sprays for your body. As mentioned, over-spraying is not desirable, as it can cause too much numbness, resulting in you either losing your erection or having less pleasurable sex.
Delay sprays are also not recommended if you and your partner are trying to conceive, as it can potentially impair sperm. However, more research is required to further prove this claim.
• Proven effective in treating PE
• Faster-acting (10-15 minutes waiting time)
• Easier clean-up
• Sprays allow you to target a specific area
• Several tries before you find the perfect number of sprays
• Over-spraying can cause undesirable side effects
• Not recommended for couples trying to conceive
Unlike delay sprays, delay creams are not sprayed onto the skin but manually applied with your hands. Delay creams also give you slightly more control over the application, such as how much cream to apply and where to specifically apply it.
To use delay cream, apply it to the tip or glans of the penis, which is the area most sensitive to touch. Numbing this area allows you to feel less during sex and hence, last longer.
It’s recommended that you use delay cream 20-45 minutes before having sex. According to a 2002 study, the cream works best if used 30 minutes before any sexual activity.
Compared to lidocaine delay sprays, lidocaine delay creams usually contain a mixture of both lidocaine and prilocaine (another type of topical anesthetic).
Studies have shown lidocaine-prilocaine cream to be effective in treating PE, with a 5% lidocaine-prilocaine cream increasing the average pre-ejaculation period by up to 8.7 minutes.
A huge advantage of delay cream compared to delay spray is that some men might find delay cream easier to use and apply. This is because you can have more control over the application, making it easier to cover specific areas of the penis.
The main disadvantage of delay cream is that it can get messy and requires more clean-up. After applying the cream onto your penis, you have to thoroughly wash your hands to ensure that the anesthetic doesn’t get onto other parts of your (or your partner’s) body.
Do note that you also have to wash the cream away before any sexual intercourse, or run the risk of the product rubbing off on and affecting your partner. As such, it’s best to only use delay cream if you’re near a bathroom.
Due to the inconveniences attached with washing up, delay cream can potentially mess with you and your partner’s sexy time. After all, running to the bathroom every now and then to wash up doesn’t exactly scream seductive!
• More control over application
• Easier to cover specific areas of the penis
• More clean up required
As both delay spray and cream work by numbing the penis, this reduction in sensitivity could lead to a difficulty in maintaining an erection.
Delay sprays and creams can also cause other skin-related side effects, such as:
• Skin irritation
• Burning sensation
• Itchy skin
Should any swelling occur on the genital or anus area after using the spray/cream, stop using the product and seek medical attention immediately. It’s also important to remember that these side effects can also affect your partner as well.
Generally speaking, the main difference between delay spray and cream is the time it takes for the product to absorb into the skin, and the mess related to each product.
As mentioned, delay sprays should be used 10-15 minutes before sexual intercourse. On the other hand, delay creams have to be applied 20-45 minutes prior to sex.
If you’re looking for a faster working treatment, then the delay spray is the perfect one for you. On the flipside, if you’re someone who likes to take it slow and enjoy more foreplay with your partner, maybe consider the delay cream instead.
With the delay spray, all you have to do is spray the product onto your penis and you’re good to go. On the other hand, delay creams are a little messier, as they require you to use your hands during application. This means that you have to wash your hands after applying the cream.
When it comes to choosing between delay sprays or creams, it all depends on which form of application you prefer and which product better suits your personal preferences and situation.
If you really can’t choose between either product, we recommend trying both first before deciding on which works best for you.
The good news is that there are!
Delay sprays and creams are not the only form of treatment available to treat PE. Other alternatives include taking oral medications such as SSRIs.
A popular SSRI drug that’s being used to treat PE is Priligy. Priligy treats PE by boosting the serotonin levels in your body, leading to a delayed reaction in parts of the brain that control ejaculation. This results in a longer orgasm.
However, compared to delay sprays and creams, Priligy should be taken 1-3 hours before any sexual activity. Priligy also comes with common side effects like headaches and nausea. If you experience other more serious side effects like breathing difficulties or hives, please seek medical attention immediately.
As PE medications are not available over the counter, you will need a doctor’s prescription in order to purchase priligy.
If you think that you might be suffering from PE and are unsure of what treatment is best for you, doctors on our platform here at Noah can guide you on the best form of treatment according to your specific needs.
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