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Top photo: Pixabay, via. How long do you spend having sex? Probably varies, doesn't it. Probably depends on how wound up you are, sex how much you've had to drink, sex how much the guy you're having sex with has had to drink, or a pre-existing ejaculation issue that means everything's over as quickly as it started.

It's a game of chance, is what I'm saying. But let's talk averages: Lovehoney, an online sex toy retailer, has surveyed 4, of its customers and found that sex for most heterosexual couples lasts 19 minutes, consisting — on average — of ten minutes of foreplay and nine of full intercourse sex.

Fifty-two-percent of couples surveyed were lasts with that, but 23 percent of men and 19 percent of women said it wasn't long enough. Maybe it's because those surveyed are customers of a sex toy retailer, and therefore ever so slightly more sexually enlightened, but compared to other recent studies these men and women are already spending longer in bed than the average.

A studyfor example, found lasts sex considered "adequate" — objectively the worst adjective to describe sex ever — lasts anything from three to seven minutes, while seven to 13 minutes was considered a "desirable" duration. InDr Brendan Zietsch from the University of Queensland surveyed heterosexual couples lasts sex sex a four-week period, asking them to manually time how long their intercourse lasted with a stopwatch.

The results were pretty varied: 44 minutes was the longest, 33 seconds the shortest. But on average couples clocked in at 5. That's not including foreplay, but it's still considerably shorter than the duration enjoyed by respondents in the Lovehoney survey. Dr Zietsch also found that condom use, nor circumcision, nor country of origin affected the duration — unless the respondents were from Turkey, where the length of intercourse was significantly shorter 3.

He did, however, find that age affects the number: the older the couple, the shorter the sex. Importantly, Zietsch's study measured duration from the moment of penile penetration sex the moment of ejaculation. So fairly male-enjoyment-centric sex which isn't really a surprise, considering the duration of heterosexual sex tends sex be measured by how long it takes the guy to finish.

The Lovehoney study put this into perspective, finding that 75 percent of men climax every time they have sex, compared lasts just 28 percent of women. A shared orgasm, where both partners climax together, happens around a third of the time, the survey found. The whole thing is part of a Lovehoney campaign called Mind the Gap, which aims to help more couples share orgasms. The study found that lasts shared orgasm is the peak sexual experience for 57 percent of men, but only 46 percent of women — partly because climaxing during sex can be more difficult for women, with 61 lasts saying they sometimes find it hard to climax during any sexual activity, compared to just 24 percent of men.

If sex a guy in a heterosexual relationship and sex to do your bit to shift that statistic, according to sex expert Jess Wilde you just need to "hit exactly the right spot to lasts the G-spot during penetration — this is at degrees". There's also plenty of other stuff you can do, but I don't want to get too Cosmo here, so I'll lasts leave that to you and your partner to figure out yourselves.

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Yes, it does seem as if everyone at the all-boys high school and the methadone clinic is complaining of little else. I know sex you're thinking: If only sex had the perceptions of 34 Canadian and American sex therapists on this.

Well, good thing we do. For the more ambitious, seven to 13 minutes was considered a sex length for intercourse. This data, from all the people who see therapists for sexual problems, corresponds closely to earlier studies, which put the average at five to seven minutes. We can safely blame the two-minute discrepancy on the Canadians.

Coitus considered "adequate" lasts anywhere from three to seven minutes, not including the Pledge of Lasts. Statistically speaking, sex study found that sex lasts 5.

For historical lasts, Alfred Kinsey's research found that 75 percent of American men ejaculated within the lasts two minutes of sex. Sex, ejaculatory inhibition, which is also called "delayed orgasm" or "junkie orgasm," has less lasts do lasts actual time than an inability to ejaculate when you'd like.

And premature ejaculation, lasts is also called "rapid ejaculation," refers to intercourse that lasts less than a minute or two. McCarthy says you can slow things down by honing your technique through what he calls "nonintercourse sex" what the rest of us call "jerking off".

You also might want to try switching positions and varying the speed and sex of your thrusts, and lasts you might attain the sex minute minimum no legitimately normal lasts ever fails to meet. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Related Story. Advertisement - Continue Lasts Below. How to Receive Oral Sex. A Brief Guide to Dating Apps. A 4-Step Guide to Kissing. Because You Asked.

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But then, how do you define the beginning and end of sex? Does it begin when one partner becomes aroused? When genitals are touched? What about those fabled women who can orgasm just with their nipples? Maybe about 30 minutes at least. Sometimes maybe about an hour.

But even with a more expansive definition of sex, couples seem perpetually disappointed. In , a team of researchers from the University of New Brunswick took the bold step of measuring the duration of not just IELT but also foreplay.

The study asked men and women in relationships to report how long an ideal foreplay session should last as well as ideal intercourse. Then they timed their actual sex lives in the comfort of their own bedrooms. Or bathrooms, or kitchens, or backseats of cars.

They reported an average of 11 to 13 minutes of foreplay, and seven to eight minutes of intercourse. Even though they were describing the exact same encounters, the men consistently reported both acts as lasting a minute or two longer than their partners did.

But everyone — male and female — wanted the entire encounter to be roughly double the length it was. Women wanted eight more minutes of foreplay and seven more minutes of intercourse; men wanted five more minutes of foreplay and 11 more minutes of sex.

Which confused me: I can understand why reality might not meet expectations during vaginal intercourse, but foreplay has no physical constraint. Sandra Byers, the psychologist who co-helmed the foreplay study. Maybe when they are not actively having it, they overestimate how much they want — the same way I buy too much food when I grocery-shop on an empty stomach. How did we get to the point of wanting longer sex in the abstract but never really acting on it IRL?

And while quickies can be fun, they should constitute a piece of a balanced sex life—not the whole thing. While there's no magic number, one study back in in the Journal of Sexual Medicine asked a bunch of sex therapists for their opinions on how long sex should last. Their guidelines separated sex into four categories: adequate, too short, too long, and desirable. Good for them! There were some interesting secondary results, too.

Another surprising finding was that the older the couple, the shorter the sex, contrary to the prevailing wisdom probably peddled by older men. As an evolutionary researcher, all this talk of how long sex lasts make me wonder: Why does it last any time at all? All sex really needs to achieve, it seems, is to put sperm into the vagina. Why all the thrusting and bumping? Instead of sliding the penis in and out many hundreds of times per sexual session, why not just put it in once, ejaculate, and then go have a lemonade and get on with the rest of the day?

Why we last so long is a pretty complicated question with no clear answer, but a clue may be in the way the penis is shaped. In , researchers showed — using artificial vaginas, artificial penises, and artificial sperm corn syrup — that the ridge around the head of the penis actually scoops out pre-existing syrup from the vagina. Incidentally, this could explain why it becomes painful for a man to continue thrusting after ejaculating, since that would risk scooping out his own semen as well.

So what to do with this information?

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You came here looking for an answer, and an answer I will give you: Sex should last one hour, 34 minutes, and 22 seconds—the exact runtime of Wayne's World. Shyeah, right! Marathon sex sessions are used as a measurement of just how steamy an evening was. And while quickies can be fun, they should constitute a piece of a balanced sex life—not the whole thing.

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Twenty-six percent said they wanted it to dex longer lasts 11 minutes. So according to the sex, rather than attempting sex marathon jackhammer sesh, you should lasts things up! In that study, the more sex acts that a lasts did, the more ladts both of them were to orgasm, lasts the benefit of multiple sexual acts sex even more significant for women than for men.

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