Benzocaine wipes, or premature ejaculation wipes, may offer an effective alternative treatment for premature ejaculation. This condition is when a male reaches orgasm before sufficient or satisfactory sexual intercourse.

While certain medications, mechanical erection devices, and surgical procedures may help reduce premature ejaculation, some people may find these options too costly or ineffective.

This article explores what benzocaine wipes are and how they may help treat premature ejaculation.

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Premature ejaculation is one of the most common types of sexual dysfunctions, affecting between 29–40% of males with chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

The Urology Care Foundation state that about 33% of males between 18 to 59 years old in the United States experience premature ejaculation.

Premature ejaculation wipes contain low doses of benzocaine, a mild topical anesthetic. The solution on these wipes decreases skin sensitivity on the head and shaft of the penis.

In theory, benzocaine in low amounts should only reduce overstimulation without causing numbness.

Benzocaine wipes first became available to buy in 2017 after a study suggested that using 4% benzocaine wipes before intravaginal sex could delay ejaculation by 139–323 seconds — up to 5 minutes and 23 seconds.

The study was funded by Veru Healthcare, manufacturer of the 4% benzocaine wipes (Roman Swipes).

The study researchers evaluated the wipes in 21 heterosexual adult males who were all in monogamous relationships.

The study lasted two months, with 15 participants using benzocaine wipes and six using placebo wipes.

The researchers compared the average intervaginal ejaculatory latency times (IELTs) between the two groups before and after wipe usage.

At the start of the study, the average IELT for all 21 participants was about 74.3 seconds.

After two months, the group using the 4% benzocaine wipes reported their IELTs increased by an average of 231.5 seconds, or 3 minutes and 51 seconds. Interestingly, the placebo group also reported an average IELT increase of 94.2 seconds.

While the 2017 study from Veru Healthcare suggests that benzocaine wipes may delay ejaculation longer than no treatment, it does not compare their product to other types of premature ejaculation treatments.

In a 2020 study, researchers from the Park Nicollet Sexual Medicine and Male Infertility Clinic in Minneapolis, MN, reviewed the current literature on several topical treatments for premature ejaculation.

The authors state that while the limited data suggest that topical agents, such as local anesthetics, may increase IELT, further research is needed to evaluate how well these products work, and the risk for potential side effects.

There is a risk of some side effects from using benzocaine wipes, including:

  • dry, flaky skin
  • itching
  • skin discoloration
  • inflammation
  • burning or stinging sensations
  • tenderness or pain

People who experience any of these symptoms should immediately wash the product off their hands and genitals.

They should also consider alternative treatments if they develop an adverse reaction to benzocaine wipes.

Premature ejaculation is a common type of sexual dysfunction among males. Benzocaine wipes may help reduce this condition.

Benzocaine is a mild, topical anesthetic. Low doses of the substance may help prevent overstimulation of the penis and prolong sexual intercourse.

However, benzocaine could also irritate the skin. People should stop using them if they develop dry, itchy, or inflamed skin.