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While we gave you tips on how to last longer in the sack, that doesn't mean that you'll be able to. And because science is awesome, here's what research said should be the amount of time that sex should last, per a 2005 study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine:
500 couples were recruited from five countries: the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. Enrolled men were aged 18 years or older, had a stable heterosexual relationship for at least 6 months, with regular sexual intercourse. The surveyed population were not included or excluded by their ejaculatory status and comorbidities. This survey was performed on a "normal" general population. Sexual events and stopwatch-timed IELTs during a 4-week period were recorded, as well as circumcision status and condom use.
The overall median value was 5.4 minutes.
Now, if 5.4 minutes sounds pretty quick, it should, because the 2005 research excludes any foreplay whatsoever, which is why a separate study conducted in 2004 might help shine some light on the situation.
In that study, also from the Journal of Sexual Medicine, it says that, from first touch to final thrust, partners were spending 11-13 minutes on foreplay and 7-8 minutes on intercourse.
So, thanks to this study—which is being brought back to life thanks to a piece published by GQ mag, guys should have an idea of how long they need to go in order to satisfy his lady. Just remember, breathe, have fun and don't overthink what the hell you're doing.