How Long Should Sex Really Last? Not As Long As You Think

How Long Should Sex Really Last? Not As Long As You Think

People who are doing it for hours are either crazy or unemployed. 

By Marianne Garvey
Digital Original
This Week, We’re All About Sex

Finally. A study about what everyone is actually wondering about? How long should sex actually last? Some people say hours, but that just seems ridiculous unless you’re Sting and Trudie Styler. Or unemployed.

A Journal of Sexual Medicine study has tried to find the answer to the question.

They took a total of 500 couples from five different countries: the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, and the United States who were in a “stable heterosexual relationship” for at least six months, with regular sexual intercourse. Sex was timed on a stopwatch during a 4-week period, as well as circumcision status and condom use for the couples. Romantic!

So, how long did they go?

“The median length of intercourse was 5.4 minutes,” reports the study.

To be detailed, the times did not include foreplay, just the actual sex part.

“A median…of 5.4 minutes…and the median decreased significantly with age, from 6.5 minutes in the 18-30 years group, to 4.3 minutes in the group older than 51 years,” reports the study.

Turkey has the quickest sex, clocking an average of 3.7 minutes, which was significantly different from each of the other countries.

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