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I aim to write a review that is an honest and personal account of my experiences with this product. If you are offended by frank discussions about sex and sexual aids, please do not read any further.
I am a woman writing this review on behalf of my husband.
We used these condoms back in 2007, not too long after they were introduced onto the market. We bought a box of 3 and paid about £4.00. We have no problems with our sex life, but wanted to test these condoms out, just to see what they were like and if they work.
I found the fit of these condoms quite snug. The width is 56mm, and I don't feel that this is too tight. Durex claim to have 'made Durex Performa to smell better so there are no unpleasant distractions.' I would agree that they don't smell as strongly as other condoms, however they are not odourless. There is still the faint aroma of rubber.
The condoms are lubricated on the outside and are not coloured; they are transparent. I found that the amount of lubrication on the outside wasn't really substantial enough; without going into details, we needed more. They are quite thick, which immediately put me off, as I knew sensation would be reduced.
They are teat ended, so makes removal easy.
Durex Performa contains a special lubricant called Benzocaine. They contain 5% of this. This lubricant is placed inside the condom and collects in the teat; it almost has a hard feel to it at the end of the condom. This lubricant is supposed to help the man to control climax, which means longer-lasting sex. To be honest, they do work, but not in a good way. I found they made my penis very, very numb and just made me feel frustrated! When I took the condom off, my penis felt numb for ages afterwards. I personally wouldn't use again. hey are easy to take off; no pulling or tearing.
I would say these condoms would probably be good for men with premature ejaculation problems, and inexperience lovers.
Due to the nature of the product that i'm reviewing (condoms!!), the following review will be of a sexual nature. I always try to be as discreet as possible, however if you are offended by sexually orientated products then please do not read my review. :)
My boyfriend, Jack, definetly isn't a 60 second type of guy, however he (unfortunetly) doesn't usually last much longer than 20 minutes, including foreplay. I think part of this problem is that he works incredibly long hours doing manual labour, and also has to fit in time with his son, so always feels rushed, so subconciously finishes quicker than he would if he didn't have as much stress going on. I don't mind our 20 minute sex sessions on the occassions that we want a quickie, however I much prefer 30 minutes to an hour whenever he has time as it makes it feel more special, but as I said before even when he has spare time he feels rushed and as a result we don't get far past the 25 minute mark. Anyway, we were in Boots over the summer stocking up on bits and bobs and came across these 'Durex Performa' condoms which claim to help control the speed in which a man climaxes, resulting in longer lasting sex. This is because the condoms have a special lubricant - benzocaine, an anaesthetic cream inside them on the tip. The lube only makes up 5% of the condom, so don't be scared to use it - i'm sure most men will be horrified at the thought of applying a numbing agency to there willy!
The condoms come in a 12 pack and vary in price. As mentioned before we got our pack from Boots and paid around £8 for it, which works out roughly at 70p each. The packaging is pretty bland - blue with the Durex logo and the product name with a product description on the back. It also makes it clear on the packaging that the condoms should be put on properly (with brief instructions) to avoid pregnancy etc which is a bit late for me but nevermind! Each condom is individually wrapped in the usual condom type packaging which keeps them nice and fresh. Opening the condom is easy, you just tear the corner. The condom looks and feels like any other condom would and it was easy to slip onto my boyfriend. These are quite generously sized and are also quite wide (56mm) which is good as we often have problems with condoms been too tight on my boyfriend. The tip of the condom is the usual 'teat'. There is no noticeable smell to the condoms apart from the usual subtle rubbery sort of smell.
Sex with these condoms was bizzare to say the least. The first few minutes my boyfriend was enjoying it but after the 5 mintue mark it was obvious he wasn't enjoying it quite as much as I was. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't completely having the worst sex of his life but he said that it made him feel quite numb down below and it wasn't a pleasant feeling for him. We carried on with the condom though and our session with the condom was around the 45 minute mark. By then though Jack was pretty much in a comatosed state and I felt pretty guilty so let him take it off to finish. Big mistake.. my bits were numb within 5 minutes. Not to the point of feeling like I couldn't feel anything, but noticeably numb. It was horrible and I freaked out and had to have a bath so Jack had to sort himself out. Totally ruined the mood! I wouldn't reccomend these unless you want numb and boring (for the guy anyway!!) sex. We currently have 10 of these condoms sitting in a drawer, so value for money wise, they aren't great!!
I bought this product by accident whilst on holiday, I got the packet mixed up with featherlite and had absolutely no idea what performa even were!
Anyway, we used them because it was all we had. Firstly I didn't like the idea of it at all, the thought that I have to anesthatise my partner so I can enjoy sex more? It seemed very selfish (though we don't have a problem in that area so maybe for some couples it works). Also he didn't like it, he said it felt like a mild pins and needles type feeling, very alien and a bit scary!
Also I found the whole time I was thinking about how he was feeling and it just felt weird and uncomforable like I was using him as a sex toy (but in a bad way :p)
I wouldn't recommend these to anyone unless you really feel that it's necessary, and even then maybe there are other options before thinking about numbing yourself/partner.
One thing I suppose they are good for is guys who want to look like they last longer (maybe the first time they are having sex with a partner).
An okay buy, but won't be buying again.
What do you define as performance?
Duration? Intimacy? Explosion?
For him? For her?
Well the Durex Performa has a small amount of anaesthetic type liquid on the inside of the teat. It works by numbing the receptors in the penis that encourage ejaculation.
If you want longevity YES buy this product. It will at least double any length or intercourse. From a female point of view this may be a good product. But for the man here comes the downside NO FEELING.
and then the good bit..... EXPLOSION.
As with all anaesthetics they wear off and i can promise as the tingle comes back it is as if the penis has stored all the messages it has not been able to communicate from the anaesthetic and all those signals are fired off in one go.
In Summary she should prefer it for a little bit longer in duration however the male partners pleasure during will diminish as feeling disappears however on reappearance its unbelievable.
I would suggest this item as an occasional treat rather
The theory behind these condoms is that numbing the penis will delay the condom wearer's ejaculation, increasing the duration and therefore the pleasure of your lovemaking session.
There are a number of problems with this design.
Firstly, longer doesn't necessarily equal better! Unless you/your partner is a particularly premature ejaculator then I'm not sure the extra time you get before ejaculation is worth the disadvantages mentioned below.
Secondly, and the main problem with this product, is that having sex with a numb penis is no fun at all for the man. He has to do a lot without feeling anything and as the woman you don't feel like it's much fun either when he's hardly getting anything out of it. It puts quite a distance between you and your partner and it's a crappy experience for both parties.
If you want to delay ejaculation, I would suggest using a "cock ring". They work by keeping the blood in the penis longer - thereby delaying ejaculation without decreasing sensation. I've tried these as well and they work a lot better.
Well, here it is, a condom that help frisky men last longer. Now I can't say I've ever been with a fast finisher, but I thought I'd try this bag to see if it would allow me to alter my game.
The trick to these condoms is the special lubricant in the tip of the bag. It's called benzocaine, an anaesthetic cream that delays your spray and keeps that member nice and solid.
Sadly, it does not delay the female climax.
A 12 pack of these guys come in at about 10 pounds in most supermarkets, so maybe slightly more expensive that some other Durex sheaths.
This is a bag that slips on the erection rather easily, some bags tend to be quite snug, but this one slips on a treat. In fact, when we first used this, it was possible to slip it on with the mouth.
The delay cream was not really to my liking, I feel you can delay climax naturally yourself by slowing down etc. All these bags seem good for is if you want to bang away like a barn door in the wind for a long time. I don't think this is a good feature, and it can become sore for the female or male on the receiving end.
I felt by the end of use there was also a rubbery smell in the room which I assumed was burning condom, it may have only been a matter of time before we started smoking!
Maybe this bag is better suited to people with early shooting problems or inexperienced love makers.
Of course, everyone has different contraception needs, whats right for me might not be good for the next man. Personally these ones were not for me, but could be useful ammunition for someone a bit more 'sensitive'.
durex performer condoms are unlike any other i have ever seen advertised, these actually claim to give you a longer lasting pleasure, me being the curious type had to find out if these actually lived up to what they claimed so broughht a packet of 3 for £4.99, a little more expensive than i would normally expect to pay for a packet of 3 condoms but i was willing to pay the extra seen as they promised extra pleasure for me.
When you open the box you have 3 foil wrapped condoms which look just like any other we have used, upon opening one of them the most noticable thing is that there is a blob of white cream in the bottom of the condom which you dont get with others, After a little further reading i discovered that this is a anasetic cream designed to numb hubbys bits to stop there being as much sensation and obviously making the whole experience last longer.
Well i will be the first to admitt that they do work, they in my opinion though work a little more than i would have liked them too and after 1 hour or so we decided to give up as i had began to get very sore and poor hubby was very tired.
At first i thought that these would be a good idea for older men but now i think they are more likely to lead to a heart attack than anything else.
These are a brilliant idea for any man who wants to be able to perform for longer but if he wants an end result i wouldnt bother.
Durex make some big claims for their Performa condoms. The packaging, the advertising and the higher price suggest that these are for the discerning guy who really wants to wow his woman. According to the manufacturers, these aren't just a barrier contraceptive, oh no! They're a sex aid, which promises to improve your performance from average to tantric in a flash.
'How do they do that?' I hear you cry. Well, according to Durex themselves, these babies 'contain a special lubricant in the end of the condom that helps to delay climax for men, prolonging sexual excitement'. Open the packet, and you'll find that these do look a little different: there's a splodge of white cream at the end of each condom.
Sounds good huh? So what is this magic ingredient that gives you more, er, bang for your buck? I decided to take a closer look to see if I could find out. You can find the answer in the small print on the box. These babies contain '5% benzocaine'!!!!!
Why the slightly hysterical exclamation marks? Well, Benzocaine is a LOCAL ANAESTHETIC. As Wikipedia says, it's 'commonly used as a topical pain reliever. It is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter analgesic ointments, including oral pain relievers such as Orajel and topical pain relievers such as Lanacane.' In other words, this is a substance you'd normally be likely to find applied to your teeth while sitting in the dentist's chair.
Alright, I'm not a guy so I can hardly comment on the effectiveness of this as a sex aid. But even if I had the, uh, requisite equipment to road test this product, I'm not sure I'd want local anaesthetic anywhere near that particular part of my body. Though I knew that I was violating my sacred duty as a dooyooer, after my SO reported feelings of peculiar numbness, I wussed out of giving these a thorough road test, leaving that task to braver and more pioneering souls.
I suppose you could carry a pack around in case you get toothache, though.
A special Benzocaine lubricant inside the condom helps to control climax and prolong excitement for longer lasting lovemaking.