Brits' sex sessions 'last 19 minutes'
Brits aren't lasting as long in the bedroom as they'd like to, according to a new survey. On average, sex between couples in the UK is lasting 19 minutes, which isn't quite long enough for many people, according to the research by Lovehoney.
Those 19 minutes are, on average, made up of 10 minutes of foreplay and nine minutes of actual intercourse. While 52 per cent of straight couples are completely happy with this amount of time, 23 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women want their sex sessions to last longer.
Around a fifth of the time (21 per cent), couples say they can only have a "quickie" due to time constraints and so last for much less time than the average 19 minutes. Many couples out of the 4,400 people included in the survey would like to make more time for sex, but other things get in the way.
Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of couples say that they would be happy if sex lasted for over 30 minutes, while 66 per cent said that they want it to last 15 minutes.
When it comes to climaxing, those in a settled relationship climax together around a third of the time, with 37 per cent experiencing joint orgasms at least 50 per cent of the time. In fact, 89 per cent of couples say they have achieved a shared orgasm during their relationship.
Over half of men (57 per cent) said that ending intercourse in a shared orgasm is a peak sexual experience. However, just 46 per cent of women felt the same way. This could be due to the fact that just 28 per cent of women achieve orgasm most of the time when having sex, compared to two-thirds (75 per cent) of men.
Many women admitted to finding it difficult to climax when engaging in any form of sexual act, with 61 per cent saying this is an issue. This is compared to just 24 per cent of men.
Lovehoney's 'Mind the Gap' survey is designed to show the difference between male and female orgasm and encourage men to do more to help their partners climax, as well as highlight key things women can do to improve their orgasm rate, such as pelvic floor exercises.