Here Is How Long You Should Be Lasting During Sex According To Science

Thank you science!

Have you ever wondered how long you should be lasting during sex? Are you a two pump chump? A jackrabbit? Or wannabe Ron Jeremy? Well now you can finally know the answer thanks to science.

Not only is this backed by science, it’s backed by I F*CKING LOVE SCIENCE:

As you might wonder, was that too fast? A scientist thinks: What is the mean intravaginal ejaculation latency time?


I know there’s a lot more to sex than putting the penis into the vagina and ejaculating, but the rest is not always easy to define (kissing? Rubbing? Grinding?). To keep things simple and specific, we’ll just focus on the time to ejaculation.

Measuring an average time to ejaculation is not a straightforward matter. What about just asking people how long they take, you say? Well, there are two main problems with this. One is that people are likely to be biased upwards in their time estimates, because it’s socially desirable to say you go long into the night.

The other problem is that people don’t necessarily know how long they go for. Sex isn’t something people normally do while monitoring the bedside clock, and unassisted time estimation may be difficult.


What does the research say?

The best study we have estimating the average time to ejaculation in the general population involved 500 couples from around the world timing themselves having sex over a four-week period – using a stopwatch.

That is as practically awkward as it sounds: participants pressed “start” at penile penetration and “stop” at ejaculation. You may note this could affect the mood somewhat, and might perhaps not exactly reflect the natural flow of things. But – science is rarely perfect, and this is the best we’ve got.

What did the researchers find?

The most striking result is that there was a huge amount of variation. The average time for each couple ranged from 33 seconds to 44 minutes. That’s an 80-fold difference.

So it’s clear there’s no one “normal” amount of time to have sex. The average (median, technically) across all couples, though, was 5.4 minutes.

This means that if you line up the 500 couples from shortest sex to longest sex, the middle couple goes for an average of 5.4 minutes each time they do it.


So next time you are getting out, try and sing your favorite rap song in your head. All three verses! If you can make it through that song, you will only need to survive one more min or so!

Or just bust in 45 seconds like the rest of us and act like it isn’t that big of a deal… The Conversation