The best sexual intercourse lasts between seven and 13 minutes, according to a new survey by US experts.
According to the
research, led by Dr Eric Corty, from the Behrend College in Erie, Pennsylvania,
three-minute sex is 'adequate'.
The study is the
first to review what the experts believe is the ideal length of time to have
penetrative sex, with the random sample of Americans and Canadians labeling
seven to 13 minutes most 'desirable'.
The study concluded
that intercourse lasting between three and seven minutes was 'adequate', but
anything less was 'too short' and beyond 13 minutes was 'too long'.
research is designed help calm couples' unrealistic beliefs that healthy sex
should last a long time.
Corty said that this
was a situation "ripe for disappointment and dissatisfaction".
"In the fantasy
model of male sexuality, men have large penises, rock-hard erections, and can
sustain sexual activity all night long," News.com.au quoted Corty, as
"It appears that
many men and women hold this fantasy. The results from the present study, by
providing a realistic not a fantasy model of sexuality, are useful both in
treating people with sexual concerns and dysfunctions, and, with wider
circulation, in preventing the onset of sexual dysfunctions," he added.
Reacting to the
research, Australian sex therapists commented that most Aussie men wanted sex
to last considerably longer while most women were 'not bothered' if it was over
Dr Jane Howard, a
Brisbane-based medical sex therapist, said there was a dearth of data on
Australians' expectation of sex.
suggested most Australian women would be happy with the therapists'
"adequate" time of three to seven minutes, while men would not.
The study is published in the international
Journal of Sexual Medicine.