Making Sex Last

How long should sex last? For most people, according to a 2017 article in, actual intercourse lasts about five minutes.

The ideal time for some is 30 minutes,1 and Masters and Johnson research showed that men orgasm faster than women.

How do you make sex last longer? Tips for making sex last longer include pelvic exercises like kegels, delayed orgasm, foreplay, diet, creams and pills and having a good relationship with your partner (or partners). There are of course, many other ways to make sex last longer.

The sourced articles below should provide more information for those interested in making sex last longer.

Footnote: 1. “This is exactly how long sex should last,”, 6/9/2017

  1. What To Do If You Want Sex To Last Longer

    “In fact, studies and averages are ‘a comparison trap,’ says Megan Fleming, PhD, a sex and relationships counselor who practices in New York. ‘It’s really more about what works in your relationship.'”

    Erika W. Smith,, 3/25/2019

  2. How To Last Longer In Bed Naturally

    “The sexual act can be extremely pleasurable, so it is no wonder people try to make it last as long as possible. Many men worry that they achieve orgasm too soon during intercourse for the partner to be satisfied. While there are medications aimed at helping men delay ejaculations, many desire to learn natural methods for increasing staying power.”

    Lisa Mooney,, 8/14/2017

  3. A 4-Step Guide to Lasting Longer During Sex

    “A more practical approach? Treat it like an athlete building new muscles—specifically, the ones around your lungs.”

    Sarah Rense,, 8/4/2017

  4. Thank You, Doctors: The Average Sex Time Is Not As Long As You’d Think

    “Statistically speaking, a 2005 study found that sex lasts 5.4 minutes on average, although that data does not take into account foreplay, female orgasm, or non-heterosexual pairings.”

    Stacey Grenrock Woods,, 2/27/2017

  5. 6 Amazing Sex Tricks That Will Help You Last Longer In Bed

    “Recent research reveals that the average length of time sex lasts is a mere 5.4 minutes, thanks to the fact that men, on average, can orgasm within five minutes.”

    Zeynep Yenisey,, 2/9/2017

  6. How Long Does Sex Normally Last?

    “The best study we have estimating the average time to ejaculation in the general population involved 500 couples from around the world timing themselves having sex over a four-week period – using a stopwatch.”

    Brendan Zietsch,, 4/6/2016

  7. Sex Tips For Boring People: Small Penises, Lasting Longer, And Cheating Hearts

    “Sex Tips for Boring People will take your sex life from vanilla to passion fruit. Or at least from vanilla to vanilla bean.”

    Meagan Drillinger,, 3/28/2016

  8. You Shook Me All Night Long: 5 Little-Known Things That Help Men Last Longer In Bed

    “Although men can’t do much about the size of their genitalia (except plastic surgery), they can control premature ejaculation to make sex last longer.”

    Lizette Borreli,, 11/17/2014