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Week 14-What is the average duration of intercourse?

November 28, 2008

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People can have sex and expand love making for as long as they want, so is difficult to report on the average time people spend having intercourse. It depends on whether the time includes foreplay, oral sex or only “intercourse.”  It also depends on how much time is available…

“Having sex” or “love making” can be a quick 5-minute experience, can last or night, or anything in between.

There do seem to be some “averages”. In one study, sex therapists agreed that intercourse usually lasts somewhere between 3 to 13 minutes.  Acceptable is 3 to 7 minutes, desirable is between 7 and 13 minutes.

According to Kinsey and other studies, 75% of all males reach orgasm within 2 minutes of the start of intercourse. Length of vaginal intercourse may be more a man’s concern than the woman’s, since most women don’t climax from vaginal intercourse alone.

Men sometimes worry about premature ejaculation: masturbating a few hours before having vaginal sex may alleviate this.

Using all the senses can enhance sex; massage, music, mildly scenting the air, videos or having a view of the moon can have a good effect on the experience.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

Should you have a question you would like to see included, please send an email to goddess@ppnne.org

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