Desensitising sprays can be highly effective for delaying ejaculation and helping you to last longer in bed. But what is the best way to use them? How long do they last? This article covers all the need-to-know info.

What is Lidocaine spray?

Lidocaine is the active ingredient in many desensitising sprays. It is the same anaesthetic often used in dental treatments, to help numb the mouth. As a topical spray, it can be used to help treat premature ejaculation. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’ll be completely numb during sex. Lidocaine simply reduces your sensitivity, whilst still allowing you to feel everything you need to.

Before using lidocaine spray

When used as a spray and at recommended doses, hardly any lidocaine will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This means it is very unlikely to cause any serious side-effects or affect any other medication you might be taking. So for most people it’s very safe to use, but it is important to:

  • Check with your doctor first if you have any liver or kidney problems as there’s a chance you may be more prone to side-effects.
  • Check with your doctor if you are taking a medicine called amiodarone for an irregular heartbeat.
  • Don’t use lidocaine spray if you know that you or your partner is allergic to lidocaine.
  • It’s best not to use the spray if your partner is pregnant, although it’s very unlikely to be harmful to her or the baby. Your doctor can give you more information on this if necessary.
  • Don’t apply the spray to broken or irritated skin.
  • Don’t get any spray in your eyes or ears.
  • If you notice a rash or your skin becomes irritated, stop using the product.

Using the spray

It’s fairly straightforward to use lidocaine spray, but it might take a little practice to find the right dose for you and to get the timings right. It’s worth involving your partner somewhere in the process rather than trying to figure it out on your own, especially if you’re in a relationship. Once you get the process right, using lidocaine spray could make you last significantly longer in bed.  Studies have

  • You can use lidocaine spray when erect or flaccid, it doesn’t matter.
  • Pull back your foreskin (if you have one) and apply the spray directly to the head and shaft of your penis. Make sure you cover all areas. It’s a good idea to wash your hands afterwards.
  • Start off using the lowest dose, usually about 3 pumps of the spray. See how much effect this has and if necessary, use more sprays next time. Don’t exceed the manufacturer’s recommended dose.
  • After applying the spray you will need to wait for at least five minutes for the lidocaine to absorb into your skin. Leaving it for up to fifteen minutes before having sex will give it a better chance of working fully.
  • You will start to notice a reduction in sensitivity, but your penis shouldn’t go numb unless you use too much. Using too much spray could make you more likely to lose your erection.
  • After it’s been given enough time to absorb, it’s a good idea to wash or wipe off any excess spray. This will minimise any transfer of the anaesthetic effect to your partner.
  • The effects of the spray should last for at least an hour, often longer. Wait at least four hours before using the spray again.

Are there any other effects of lidocaine spray?

Hopefully the most noticeable effect of lidocaine spray will be a happier and more fulfilling sex life, for both of you. If used correctly, there really shouldn’t be any other unwanted effects. But be aware that;

  • The anaesthetic can affect any area of skin that comes into direct contact with it. This means your partner could feel the effects of the anaesthetic, particularly if you use a bit too much or don’t wait long enough before having sex. Also bear this in mind if you have oral or anal sex – the effects could be felt here.
  • The most common side effect of the spray is a tingling or burning sensation on your skin. There is also a chance of some redness or irritation, but it will usually be mild. If your or your partner’s skin becomes sore or a rash develops then stop using the product.
  • The more pumps of the spray you use the greater the anaesthetic effect will be. If you use too much there is a chance of numbness, rather than just reduced sensitivity. This could cause you to lose your erection, especially if you also wear a condom.
  • If you think you’ve applied too much, or it comes into contact with other areas of skin, wash the area as soon as possible to remove the excess.

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