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Experts Say This Is How Long You Should Be Having Sex For

For as long as we can remember, intercourse has been a natural part of human life. So it only makes sense that over the years researchers have conducted countless studies to better understand how sex works.

More recently we've been subjected to new theories about how much sex a person should be having and what happens to your body when you stop having it all together.

While these findings reveal consequences attached to being sexually active, they don't answer the question that has been plaguing everyone's mind - how long should sex last?

Well, a new study by Dr. Brendan Zietsch of the University of Queensland has finally given us an answer.

Over a period of 4 weeks, Dr. Zietsch collected data from 500 couples around the world who timed themselves during sex.

According to the study's results, there is really no "normal" amount of time for sex but for most people an intercourse session can last from 33 seconds to 44 minutes. However, on average penetrative sex lasts for 5.4 minutes.

The psychologist also found that the condom use and circumcision has no effect on duration but age seems to play a role; Apparently older couples prefer shorter sex.

Dr. Zeitch thinks that this may be due to the fact that sex isn't just about enjoyment, it is inherently a means for procreation.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen! Society may make it seem like the longer you go, the better but this study proves it doesn't really matter how long you spend getting it on because every person is different.

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