Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates sooner during sexual intercourse than he or his partner would like. Premature ejaculation is a common sexual complaint. Estimates vary, but as many as 1 out of 3 men say they experience this problem at some time.
A couple weeks ago, I ran across a research paper that inadvertently answered one of those awkward questions that so few people get the chance to talk about: How long does the average man last in bed? You see, these researchers were actually studying premature ejaculation. To do so, they recruited about random heterosexual couples from The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US and asked them to track the duration of their sexual encounters using a timer and diary.
Intravaginal ejaculation latency time IELT is the time taken by a man to ejaculate during vaginal penetration. IELT is one factor used to diagnose and treat conditions such as premature ejaculation. Researchers have made conflicting discoveries about IELT. The men were in stable heterosexual relationships.
Photograph: Getty. Any advice? Sex with a new person is exciting and nerve-racking and a host of other feelings and sensations that might make them orgasm quickly.
But these experiences with Tom, and the others who followed, led me to wonder exactly how long is sex supposed to last. Is there a suitable amount of time? Well, according to a new survey the average length of time sex lasts 7.
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.
Scientists asked couples around the world to use a stopwatch to calculate the time it takes to reach ejaculation… and the results are in. Interestingly, wearing a condom had little effect on the time and this was the same for men who were circumcised. This challenged some conventional wisdom regarding penile sensitivity and its relationship to staying power in the sack.
Observing people having sex for the study also throws a bit of a spanner in the works, because having sex in a lab environment with a load of people watching you might rather change how you get it on. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine explored the topic of average sex length by having couples from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, and the United States time how long they had sex for over a four week period. Sex was defined as the moment of penetration through to the moment of male climax.