So Apparently, This Is Actually How Long Sex Should Last

It’s the age-old question, how long should sex last for?

We all know men can worry if they get a little, er, too excited. And let’s be honest, we’ve all had our concerns over whether we’re doing things right.

But now scientists have sorted this all out for us. HOORAY. Because they’ve (apparently) discovered the average length of luuurvemaking.


See: This New Product Could Make Period Sex Easier

And the answer is… 5.4 minutes.


The University Of Queensland’s Dr Brendan Zietsch writes in The Conversation: ‘If you’re a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex “normally” last?’

He recognises that there’s a lot more to what goes in the bedroom than sex itself, but explains that they focused on that part to keep things ‘simple and specific’.


So how did they work it all out? Well, Dr Brendan explains that 500 couples were studied… while in the act.

They were given a stopwatch and asked to press start as they got intimate and tap stop when the man popped his cork. Mmm, romantic.

See: 9 Awkward Sex Questions You’ve Always Wanted To Ask



The study found that the sex lasted anywhere from 33 seconds to 44 minutes, but the median time came in at 5.4 minutes.

On the research, Dr Brendan continues: ‘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.’

Of course, there’s not really any right or wrong when it comes to this topic. So if you and your partner are happy with your sex life, you just keep on at it. Literally.