Journal of Sexual Medicine Premature Ejaculation is among the TOP FIVE SEX PROBLEMS.
What is the normal time? Are women sexually satisfied with this normal time?

How Long Should Intercourse Last?©

* Eric W. Corty, PhD,
* Jenay M. Guardiani, BS

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Penn State Erie,
The Behrend College, Erie, PA, USA

Eric Corty, Humanities & Social Sciences, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 4951 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563, USA.

Canadian and American Sex Therapists’ Perceptions of Normal and Abnormal Ejaculatory Latencies:
This is the original summary© of the latest study on Premature Ejaculationdone by
* Eric W. Corty, PhD,
* Jenay M. Guardiani, BS


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.

Quantify the opinion of expert sex therapists as to what are “adequate,” “desirable,” “too short,” and “too long” intravaginal ejaculatory latencies.

Usually women are quite happy with short intercourse, and are not bothered about prolonging it at all, but nearly all men want it to be much, much longer.
Johanne Howard, Medical Sex Therapist, Brisbane, Australia

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.”

It is important not to be obsessed over the length of intercourse, with time often suspended during the act anyway.
Jane Howard, Brisbane, Australia

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.

“Almost all the female partners of men who came to seek therapy for Premature Ejaculation, when interviewed separately have confirmed that they were satisfied and had no problem with the time,” says the
Mumbai based Medical Sex Therapist Dr. Ashok Koparday

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.

Corty EW, and Guardiani JM. Canadian and American sex therapists’ perceptions of normal and abnormal ejaculatory latencies: How long should intercourse last?
The Journal of Sexual Medicine©
Volume 5 Issue 5 Page 1251-1256, May 2008

This article: © Eric W. Corty PhD, Jenay M. Guardiani BS (2008) Canadian and American Sex Therapists’ Perceptions of Normal and Abnormal Ejaculatory Latencies: How Long Should Intercourse Last?
The Journal of Sexual Medicine© 5 (5) , 1251–1256 doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.00797.x
J Sex Med 2008;5:1251–1256.

Dr. Ashok Koparday
Medical Director
Samadhan India
Center for Therapy, Education, Research in
Sex, Marriage, Relationships

Ex. Teaching Faculty
Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital and
Grant Medical College and Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals
University of Mumbai, India




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