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A research team has been exploring long it takes for women to climax during intercourse, having undertaken a recent study - however for many, it turns out that they don't at all.
As psychology team reported earlier this year, the team recruited 645 women between the ages of 21 and 40 from 20 different countries. All were in heterosexual relationships and had been for an average of seven years - two thirds of them were married and a third were cohabiting.
The participating women were asked to have sex as usual with their partners, but to make one change: once they moved on from foreplay to intercourse, they were asked by the researchers to start the stopwatches on their phones in order to time how long it took them to come to climax.
For those who were able to reach climax, the range of time took lasted any time between six and 20 minutes, with an average of 14 minutes.
However, only less than a third of the 645 women involved in the eight-week long study were able to orgasm at all - 69 percent never reached climax purely from intercourse at all over the course of the study.
There was no particular trend in the women who didn't orgasm: their age, education, income, marital status, relationship duration, or frequency of intercourse weren't factors.
The good news for men and women out there is that there are ways in which most involved in the study were able to orgasm, in addition to intercourse.
The researchers concluded, "The women in our study reached orgasm more frequently with non-penetrative activities."
The lesson in all of this is something that most women could probably tell you anyway - that the men shouldn't worry so much about their penis being the main driver of a woman's pleasure between the sheets.
While the penis does play a big part in a lot of sexual activity, it's recommended that men also use their hands in a variety of ways in order to stimulate erogenous zones, as well as performing oral sex.
It's also recommended to be patient. Given what this study shows, as a man there's clearly no point racing through things if your intention is to also make sure your female partner have just as good a time as you.
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