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Ten Minutes? Good Sexual Intercourse Of Sex Therapists Lasts Minutes

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Satisfactory sexual intercourse for couples lasts from 3 to 13 minutes, contrary to popular fantasy about the need for hours of sexual activity, according to a survey of U.S. and Canadian sex therapists. (I hope this is not due to Canadian climate, the survey participants’ profession or, due to statistics of small numbers.)

Satisfactory sexual intercourse for members of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research lasts from 3 to 13 minutes. The picture seems to invite to much more though. Hawaii-Effect? (Credit: iStockphoto/Justin Horrocks)

Penn State Erie researchers Eric Corty and Jenay Guardiani conducted a survey of 50 full members of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, which include psychologists, physicians, social workers, marriage/family therapists and nurses who have collectively seen thousands of patients over several decades.

Only thirty-four, or 68 percent, of the group responded and rated a range of time amounts for sexual intercourse, from penetration of the vagina by the penis until ejaculation, that they considered adequate, desirable, too short and too long.

The average therapists’ responses defined the ranges of intercourse activity times: “adequate,” from 3-7 minutes; “desirable,” from 7-13 minutes; “too short” from 1-2 minutes; and “too long” from 10-30 minutes.

“A man’s or woman’s interpretation of his or her sexual functioning as well as the partner’s relies on personal beliefs developed in part from society’s messages, formal and informal,” the researchers said. “”Unfortunately, today’s popular culture has reinforced stereotypes about sexual activity. Many men and women seem to believe the fantasy model of large penises, rock-hard erections and all-night-long intercourse. ”

Past research has found that a large percentage of men and women, who responded, wanted sex to last 30 minutes or longer.

“This seems a situation ripe for disappointment and dissatisfaction,” said lead author Eric Corty, associate professor of psychology. “With this survey, we hope to dispel such fantasies and encourage men and women with realistic data about acceptable sexual intercourse, thus preventing sexual disappointments and dysfunctions.” This honorable hope is not fullfillable reliably though, asking 34 sex therapists in Canada [sic] about their preferred intercourse time. Despite other claims by the authors, the survey’s research cannot possibly have implications for treatment of people with existing sexual problems. At best, it can be eventually used as an argument against excessive sexual performance expectations. As Corty correctly noted: “If a patient is concerned about how long intercourse should last, these data can help shift the patient away from a concern about physical disorders and to be initially treated with counseling, instead of medicine.”

J Sex Med. 2008 Mar 4 [Epub ahead of print]
Canadian and American Sex Therapists’ Perceptions of Normal and Abnormal Ejaculatory Latencies: How Long Should Intercourse Last?
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA, USA.

Introduction. Lay public perceptions about how long intercourse should last are discrepant from objective data on ejaculatory latencies. This may be problematic as the subjective interpretation of latency is a factor related to perceived distress with length of intercourse. Aim. Quantify the opinion of expert sex therapists as to what are “adequate,””desirable,””too short,” and “too long” intravaginal ejaculatory latencies. Method. A random sample of members of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research in the United States and Canada was surveyed. Main Outcome Measure. Intravaginal ejaculatory latency, in minutes, for four different conditions: coitus that lasts an amount of time that is “adequate,””desirable,””too short,” and “too long.” Results. The interquartile range for the sex therapists’ opinions regarding an “adequate” length for ejaculatory latency was from 3 to 7 minutes; “desirable” from 7 to 13 minutes; “too short” from 1 to 2 minutes; “too long” from 10 to 30 minutes. Conclusions. Therapists’ beliefs about ejaculatory latencies were consistent with objective data on ejaculatory latency and were not affected by therapist demographic characteristics such as sex or experience. These results suggest that the average sex therapist believes that intercourse that lasts 3 to 13 minutes is normative and not prima facie worthy of clinical concern. Dissemination to the public of these results may change lay expectations for intravaginal ejaculatory latency and prevent distress. These results may also be beneficial to couples in treatment for sexual problems by normalizing expectations.

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April 3, 2008 at 4:59 pm

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