Roman Swipes review: Counteracts premature ejaculation with a mild local anesthetic

Billed by Roman as “the only over-the-counter product for PE [premature ejaculation] that has a clinical study connected to it,” Roman Swipes is the only one of the telehealth service’s products that bears the Roman brand name. The main ingredient is a mild anaesthetic called Benzocaine, while ethyl alcohol (SDA 40B), propylene glycol and purified water are the inactive ingredients.

Application is simple: all you have to do is open up the wrapper and wipe the swipe over the sensitive areas of your penis. You can apply as much or as little benzocaine as you want. The effects begin to kick in at around the five minute mark, and wear off after about 30 minutes. According to a peer-reviewed study published by The Journal of Men’s Health, the swipes are proven to help men with PE last up to 340% longer in bed. The most common side effects of benzocaine include itching, stinging, skin tenderness and redness.

Roman Swipes key details

  • Benzocaine is the main ingredient. Cough drops also contain benzocaine and benzocaine drops are used to reduce ear pain.
  • It helps you last 340% longer in bed. The study published in The Journal of Men’s Health concluded that Roman Swipes provide a “statistically significant prolongation of time to ejaculation.”
  • You control the amount of benzocaine you apply. With repeated use, you can learn how much benzocaine you need and where to apply it.
  • It takes around five minutes for the swipes to kick in. Roman recommends waiting for a short period of time prior to intercorse for best results.
  • The effects last for around 30 minutes. Once the benzocaine becomes active, the light numbing sensation will last for about a half hour before it begins to fade.
  • Comes in a discreet wrapper. The package is about the same size and thickness as a typical condom wrapper.
  • There are some potential side effects. The main side effects to be aware of are itching and tenderness. These side effects will only occur if you have an allergic reaction to benzocaine.


What is a local anesthetic and how does it work?
Local anesthetics are drugs that numb a small area of the body. There are many types of local anesthetics and they all interact with the body in different ways. Benzocaine works by blocking nerve signals generated by the surface of the skin. It does this by inhibiting the voltage-dependent sodium channels (VDSCs) on the skin’s neuron membranes.

Will Roman Swipes numb my partner?
Potentially, yes– but if you wait for the benzocaine to dry before you have sex, you can avoid numbing your partner. If you have sex right away, the benzocaine on your penis can potentially rub off during intercourse. Sex and relationships advisor Debby Herbenick, Ph.D. suggests that men should use Roman Swipes in conjunction with condoms.

What do I have to do to order and how long does delivery take?
Since you don’t need a prescription to use Roman Swipes, you can order them right away without going through the process of scheduling a teleconferencing session with one of Roman’s physicians. If you’ve already registered with Roman, you don’t have to provide any additional details. Those that are new to Roman will have to go through the standard registration process to complete their order. Roman doesn’t charge any delivery fees and guarantees two-day delivery.

I just signed up for Roman. How long will it take for a doctor to approve my membership application?
Roman says that a doctor will evaluate your application within 24 hours after you sign up. If it’s been more than three years since you’ve received a checkup from a physician, you’ll have to schedule one first before you’ll be allowed entry into the service.

What should I do if I experience side effects?
Stop using Roman Swipes immediately and contact a physician. Free, unlimited doctor follow-ups are available over the internet via Roman.

Do Roman Swipes cause any unpleasant tastes or odors?
According to Roman, no. However, the company also advises that you wait for the benzocaine to dry before having oral sex.

How much do Roman Wipes cost?
There are two different subscription options you can choose from: a $27/month month-by-month plan and a $22/month three-month plan. If you get the month-by-month plan, you’ll get one box of Roman Wipes a month. With the three-month plan, you’ll get three boxes every three months. Each box contains eight Roman Wipes.

Are there any potential dangers associated with benzocaine use?
According to The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, high doses of benzocaine can cause a deadly blood disorder called methemoglobinemia in children under two years of age. The products that caused this disorder contained a 10% to 20% concentration of benzocaine. Because Roman Swipes are rated at 4%, they are far less potent.

What does the box look like? Does it have the Roman logo on it?
No, the package doesn’t contain any branding on it. This allows you to order Roman Wipes or any other product through the service discreetly.

Media mentions

Roman Swipes Review: Condom-Sized Wipes to Last Longer
Ian Stobber of AskMen provides some background information about Roman Swipes and interviews sex and relationships advisor Debby Herbenick, Ph.D. about how to best use them.

Everything You’ve Heard About How Long You Should Last in Bed Is a Lie
Julie Vadnal of Men’s Health interviews women about their preferences regarding the ideal amount of time intercourse should last and discovers a wide range of opinions on the topic. Harry Fisch, M.D., a clinical professor of urology and reproductive medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, recommended Roman Swipes as a way to treat premature ejaculation.

12 Ways to Last Longer In Bed
Roman Swipes scored another Men’s Health mention when its editors listed anesthetic wipes as one of the 12 best ways to delay orgasm during intercourse.

These Are the Brands Addressing the Biggest Insecurities in Men
Adam Hurly of Men’s Journal included Roman in a round-up of health and lifestyle brands that cater to men’s insecurities.

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