Can Lidocaine Spray Help Men in the Bedroom?


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PE can be embarrassing and distressing, but thankfully, there are many treatments available, including lidocaine spray.

Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that reduces sensitivity,  and helping you last longer in bed. 

Below, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about lidocaine spray for PE, including how it works, how to use it and the possible side effects (beyond becoming an absolute stud in the bedroom).

Why Does PE Happen?

Why, oh, why does PE happen?! Before we get into how lidocaine can help, let’s cover some background knowledge on PE. 

There are a few different definitions for PE. The International Society for Sexual Medicine defines it as any that occurs within minute (lifelong PE) or within 3 minutes (acquired PE) and before you’d like it to happen. 

By the way, it takes men an average of five to seven minutes to reach arousal. So don’t believe all the bragging you hear about three-hour-long sessions.

PE is also defined as early release that happens 75 to 100 percent of the time you are aroused — and early release that’s been going on for at least six months and that causes distress.

You might not talk about it with your guy friends, but PE is pretty common. It’s thought to affect anywhere from 30 percent to a whopping 75 percent of men (although reports are subjective and estimates vary widely) and it’s considered the most widespread male sexual disorder.

What Causes PE?

So, why does it happen exactly? PE can be related to both physical and psychological factors. 

Physical risk factor of PE include: 

  • Hyperthyroidism 

  • Abnormal levels of serotonin 

  • Diabetes 

  • Inflammation or infection of the prostate or urethra (pee tube)

  • Recreational drug use 

  • Alcoholism 

  • Sleep deprivation (another reason to get your seven or more hours of shut-eye) 

Psychological risk factor of PE include: 

  • Stress

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression 

  • Relationship problems 

  • Performance anxiety 

  • Poor body image 

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Lidocaine Spray for PE

Lidocaine is a topical treatment for PE. As a local anesthetic, it reduces sensitivity, helping to increase the time before releasing. 

If you’ve ever had a root canal or your wisdom teeth removed, there’s a chance you’ve experienced the numbing effects of lidocaine. Although, don’t worry — with topical lidocaine for PE, you won’t go completely numb, only slightly less sensitive than usual. 

Lidocaine is available in spray, cream and gel formulations, which you can buy over the counter and online.

Simply apply it before arousal and boom, you should last longer in bed.

Clinical Trials and Research on Lidocaine for PE

Want proof?

A 2022 study looked at how a lidocaine-based spray affected 150 men with self-reported PE.

The results showed that the lidocaine spray increased average latency time (the time it takes to come) from less than one minute to more than two minutes. 

Beyond that, 80 percent of men said they were more satisfied, and 70 percent said they were happy with their control when using the product. 

A 2017 study looked at a lidocaine-prilocaine spray. (Prilocaine is another desensitizing agent.) The study found that the product was fast-acting, working within five minutes of men spraying it onto their glans.

The spray reduced sensitivity and delayed the time to come without adversely affecting sensation or pleasure.

A 2020 study found that applying a 5% lidocaine spray 10 to 20 minutes before arousal helped guys with PE last longer in bed and have more sex overall compared to those who used a placebo.

There are a few pros to using lidocaine spray for PE: 

  • It’s available over the counter — no prescription needed.

  • You can use it whenever the need arises.

  • There are limited systemic side effects like those you can get from other PE treatments, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). 

There are a few cons as well, including: 

  • You may have to wait a little while for lidocaine to kick in before arousal, reducing spontaneity.

  • It can cause numbness in your and in your partner’s private areas. 

  • It can be messy (although sprays may be less messy than creams).

How to Use Lidocaine Spray for PE

It’s easy to use lidocaine spray for PE. 

Here’s what to do: 

  • Spray the product onto the most sensitive areas 10 to 15 minutes before you plan on getting aroused.

  • Wait.

  • Wash your hands and wipe off any excess product, or take a quick shower before the activity.

And voila — you should last longer in bed

Use just one spray of lidocaine at first. If you don’t notice any improvement, try increasing the dose in line with the instructions provided by your lidocaine spray.

If some of the numbing effects rub off on your partner, consider using a condom next time.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lidocaine Spray

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. 

Here’s everything else you need to know about using lidocaine for PE.

Is Lidocaine Spray Safe?

Yes, lidocaine spray is safe. Local anesthetics like lidocaine have been used for decades to help men last longer in bed. 

Lidocaine is used in dentistry and surgery. There are plenty of studies on lidocaine spray for PE, and the side effects appear to be mild and rare.

There’s just one caveat: If you’re allergic to lidocaine, don’t use lidocaine spray.

Does Lidocaine Spray Have Side Effects?

Yes, lidocaine spray has side effects. 

Lidocaine spray side effects include: 

  • Numbness in your privates, which could cause ED

  • Irritation in your privates 

  • Numbness in your partner’s privates

  • Irritation in your partner’s privates

If your partner experiences numbness, try wiping off the spray  or wearing a condom to avoid transferring lidocaine to their privates.

Topical PE treatments have also been linked to loss of pleasure. But these side effects are rare, and since you can easily stop using lidocaine spray, it may still be worth a try.

Can You Use Lidocaine Spray If Your Partner Is Pregnant?

Yes, you can use lidocaine spray if your partner is pregnant. 

The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) classifies lidocaine as a category B medication, meaning it’s typically safe for use during pregnancy in healthy people. 

That said, double-check with your healthcare provider before using lidocaine spray for PE with a pregnant partner.

Is It Safe to Use Lidocaine Spray With Viagra and Other ED Drugs? 

Lidocaine spray is safe to use with Viagra (and generic sildenafil) and other ED drugs. 

Lidocaine is used to treat PE, which can occur alongside of ED. You might be taking Viagra to help with ED. Viagra can also help PE in some cases.

Using both Viagra and lidocaine spray may not be more effective, though. One small study showed that using both Viagra and a cream containing lidocaine is equally effective at treating PE as using lidocaine cream alone.

Be sure to speak to a healthcare provider about any medication you’re taking before introducing something new into the mix.

How Long Do the Effects of Lidocaine Spray Last?

The effects of lidocaine spray can last one to three hours. Most of the time, you’ll feel the numbing effects of lidocaine spray and reduced sensitivity during the activity for about an hour after applying it.

Should You Apply Lidocaine Spray While Before or After You’re Aroused?

You can apply lidocaine spray before or after you’re aroused. Just be sure to spray the product on about 10 to 15 minutes before the activity to give it some time to work its magic.

Is Lidocaine Spray Safe for Oral Activities?

Yes, lidocaine spray is safe for oral activities — as long as your partner doesn’t have a lidocaine allergy.

Wait 10 to 15 minutes after applying it and wipe off any product residue or hop in the shower beforehand.

If your partner accidentally ingests lidocaine orally, you should contact the poison control center in your area immediately.

Can You Use Lidocaine Spray With a Lubricant?

Lidocaine spray is completely safe to use with a lubricant. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before engaging with your partner to ensure the lidocaine spray is completely dry and effective. And wash off any remaining spray before getting started.

Can Lidocaine Spray Reduce Sensitivity for Your Partner?

Yes, unfortunately, lidocaine spray can reduce sensitivity for your partner. 

Make sure you’re waiting 10 to 15 minutes after spraying lidocaine on your privates before starting.

If your partner is still experiencing numbness, try: 

  • Washing your hands after using lidocaine

  • Wiping off any excess product or taking a shower before sex

  • Wearing a condom (groan, we know, don’t @ us)

Does Lidocaine Spray Protect from Pregnancy or STIs?

No, lidocaine spray doesn’t protect you from pregnancy or STIs. 

Lidocaine spray is designed to delay coming — but that’s about it. It’s not a form of contraception. 

Use condoms or other forms of protection and birth control to protect yourself from STIs and pregnancy. Stay safe out there.

Alternatives to Lidocaine Spray for PE

Lidocaine spray is an evidence-based treatment for PE, but it’s not your only option.

If topical lidocaine isn’t producing the effects you’d like or it causes side effects, try a different treatment. Even if it works, using multiple modalities could be more effective approach when it comes to treating PE.

Treatments for PE include: 

  • Other topical products. Besides numbing spray, you can buy other topical PE products (like wipes) that reduce sensitivity. These include benzocaine or prilocaine. Some products contain a mixture of desensitizing agents, and you can even get special condoms for PE.

  • Behavioral techniques. Try the stop-start technique (when you hit pause on your session just before you’re going to climax and wait until the urge passes before starting again). You could also do the squeeze technique (essentially the same method but with the addition of gently squeezing the tip to reduce arousal). 

  • Pelvic floor exercises. Regularly doing pelvic floor exercises can strengthen those muscles. Research shows that  pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation can increase the time to come from less than one minute to over two minutes on average. 

  • Distract yourself. Think about something else during the activity to get your mind off the task at hand. This can help to buy you some more time in bed. 

  • Use a condom. If you don’t already, try wearing condoms to desensitize yourself further.

  • Masturbate beforehand. Know you’re going to get it on? Have some “me-time” beforehand. Masturbating beforehand can help you last longer the second time around due to the refractory period — a window after coming when you’re less able to reach climax and come again.  

  • Therapy. PE has many psychological causes. Therapy can help get to the root of the problem if factors like performance anxiety, depression or relationship problems are contributing to PE. We offer therapy online as part of our range of mental health services, so you can connect with a healthcare professional from home.

  • PE medication. PE pills include off-label antidepressants and ED medication. Some of the most common are SSRIs like sertraline (the active ingredient in Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil) and fluoxetine (Prozac) and PDE5 inhibitors like sildenafil (Viagra). Check out our guide to sertraline for PE to learn more about this treatment option. 

The Bottom Line on Lidocaine Spray for PE

The bottom line? Lidocaine numbing spray can help you last longer in bed, increasing everything from performance to satisfaction for all parties involved. Woo! 

Here’s the summary:

  • Give it 10 to 15 minutes before engaging with your partner. Spray lidocaine onto the tip and wait 10 to 15 minutes beforehand. It’s that easy. 

  • Lidocaine numbing spray comes with potential side effects. These include irritation and numbness in you and your partners’ privates.  

  • Try multiple PE treatments. Lidocaine is effective, but you might find using multiple methods helps in the treatment of PE. Consider the squeeze technique, therapy and PE meds like SSRIs, if needed.

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Weight Loss Medications: Are They Actually Effective?

Weight Loss Medications: Are They Actually Effective?

It’s common knowledge that managing your weight keeps you healthy now and as you get older. In fact, obesity contributes to several health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Not only was the prevalence of obesity in U.S. adults nearly 42 percent in 2017, but the estimated medical costs for adults with obesity were almost $2,000 more each year than for adults who do not have obesity .

Those who have a body mass index (BMI, or the measurement of fat based on height and weight) between 25 and 30 are considered overweight, while those with a BMI over 30 are considered to have obesity.

You’ve probably heard of a few weight loss medications, or at least their brand names, like Ozempic® and Wegovy®. However, there are several other prescription drugs available that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and frequently prescribed off-label for weight loss.

Healthcare providers may prescribe these medications to someone who has obesity or is overweight with a weight-related health problem like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.


You’re probably familiar with one of semaglutide’s brand names, Ozempic — other brand names for this drug include Wegovy and Rybelsus®.

Ozempic is approved by the FDA to treat type 2 diabetes and may be prescribed off-label for weight loss, in combination with lifestyle changes like diet and exercise or with other diabetes medications like insulin or metformin.

Wegovy, meanwhile, is a prescription medication approved for use for weight loss in people who have obesity or who are overweight.

Ozempic and Wegovy are in a class of medication called GLP-1 receptor agonists, which mimic the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 and target areas of the brain that regulate appetite.

Ozempic was approved by the FDA in 2017, while Wegovy was granted approval to pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk more recently, in 2021.


Although only approved by the FDA to treat diabetes, metformin is often used off-label for weight loss, as well as gestational diabetes (a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

It isn’t exactly clear how metformin helps people lose weight, but researchers think the drug works as an appetite suppressant. Similarly to Ozempic, metformin may increase how much GLP-1 hormone your body makes. This can send a signal to your brain that you’re full, which means you eat fewer calories.

Read our blog to learn about Ozempic vs. Metformin for weight loss.

(Related: Metformin For Weight Loss: Does It Work?)

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If you’ve dealt with depression or looked into medication to quit smoking, bupropion may sound familiar to you.

For weight loss, it can be combined with the drug naltrexone, which is used to treat alcohol and drug dependence, to curb your hunger or make you feel fuller sooner. Together, these medications work on two areas of the brain, the hunger center and the reward system, to reduce appetite and help control cravings.

Along with a reduced calorie diet and exercise plan, naltrexone-bupropion can also help keep excess weight off.


Phentermine-topiramate is actually two separate medications that are combined in Qsymia, but are offered separately in other applications. 

While phentermine is considered an anorectic and topiramate is an anticonvulsant, both help with appetite suppression.

Topiramate offers the added benefit of helping you feel fuller longer after you eat.

When used specifically with a healthy exercise regimen and a reduced calorie diet, these medications — either together or separately — have been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off.


Orlistat, which belongs to a class of medications known as lipase inhibitors, reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs from the food you eat.

Orlistat is used for weight loss in conjunction with exercise and a reduced-calorie diet, as well as after weight loss to help people keep from gaining back that weight.

While the brand name Xenical requires a prescription, another brand called Alli is available in a lower dosage without one.


Like Ozempic and Wegovy, liraglutide is an injected weight loss medication. It works as a GLP-1 receptor agonist to suppress appetite, similarly to semaglutide.

Also available under the brand name Victoza at a lower dose, this drug is FDA-approved to treat type 2 diabetes.

(Related: Weight Loss Injections: Are They Safe?)


These weight loss drugs are all available with a prescription from a healthcare professional, but how effective are they really?

  • One study found that when people without diabetes took a weekly semaglutide injection they had a higher average weight loss — almost a 15 percent average decrease in weight — than people who took a placebo.

  • Metformin has also demonstrated clinically significant weight loss. A 2020 meta-analysis of 21 trials testing metformin found the drug had a modest impact on lowering BMI, especially for those who are considered to have obesity.

  • smaller study on metformin also found that the average amount of weight lost in 154 patients was between 5.6 and 7 kgs (that’s roughly between 13 and 15 pounds).

It’s also worth mentioning cost here — if you can’t afford the drug you need to take, it’s effectiveness essentially drops to zero percent. That said, there’s some wide price disparity between weight loss drugs. 

For instance, injectibals like Ozempic and Wegovy are generally more expensive than orals like metformin — namely because metformin is a generic medication that’s been around for decades, and Ozempic and Wegovy are newer. 

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Because everyone’s weight loss journey is different, weight loss medications may work slowly for some people and faster for others.

How long you need to take a weight loss prescription drug depends on various factors such as what side effects you experience, how much weight you need to lose, whether the drug helps keep the weight off and more.

Generally, as found in the studies noted above and clinical trials, weight loss will occur within the first few months of using the medication.

Sometimes your health care professional may recommend long-term use of the medication, while other people may be advised to stop the drug if they don’t lose a certain amount of weight after 12 weeks.

If you’re taking a weight loss medication, your healthcare provider will likely suggest that you also increase your physical activity and make healthy lifestyle changes like eating lots of protein and fiber and getting enough sleep. These medications are the most effective when combined with healthy habits.

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Just like any medication, weight loss drugs also come with the possibility of side effects.

When it comes to injectibal drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, there are some broad side effects that apply to all injectibals — like swelling, redness or other discomfort at the injection site — but generally, the side effects profiles of these drugs are similar regardless of delivery method.

The most common side effects of many of these weight loss medications include:

  • Stomach pain or constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

Some, like liraglutide and naltrexone-bupropion, may cause an increased heart rate or headaches.

Liraglutide and semaglutide may also increase the risk of pancreatitis (swelling of the pancreas). You may also have a higher risk of developing tumors or thyroid cancer when using liraglutide or semaglutide, although these serious side effects are very rare.


There’s a good chance you’ve heard of weight loss medications like Ozempic or even Wegovy, but there’s also a good chance that the headlines and celebrity-focused articles didn’t answer all your questions. Here’s what you need to know about whether they’re effective.

  • There are several FDA-approved weight loss drugs, including semaglutide, orlistat, phentermine-topiramate, naltrexone-bupropion and liraglutide. Metformin is another common medication used off-label for weight management.

  • These drugs all work slightly differently, but many decrease your appetite and help you stick to a lower-calorie diet. Healthcare providers often recommend they be used alongside regular exercise and healthy habits to maximize sustained weight loss.

  • However, there are side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation and, for the injectibals, injection-side irritation, injury or discomfort. Often, these are mild and serious side effects rarely happen.

  • Cost is also worth considering. Injectibals like Ozempic and Wegovy can generally cost anywhere from $800 to $1,000 per prescription, where a generic like metformin can be had for a fraction of that — usually for under $100 a month.

There’s no one “best weight loss medication” — there’s only what’s best for your particular needs. If you’re curious about medication for weight loss, you can talk to your healthcare provider for medical advice and to explore your options. And if you’re interested in other weight loss treatments online, we can help. 

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