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Average Time to Orgasm for Women?

Average Time to Orgasm for Women? Have you ever wondered how long it takes the average woman to reach orgasm?

Researchers might have an answer, or at least a partial one.

In a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study, researchers report that for women in heterosexual, monogamous relationships, the average time between sexual arousal and orgasm is 13.41 minutes.

The figure applies to penis-in-vagina intercourse only.

In the study, 645 women (average age 31) from 20 countries used stopwatches to measure their time to orgasm over an eight-week period. None of the women had medical conditions that could affect their sexual function, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or mental health issues.

During the study period, the women had intercourse an average of 9 times. Seventeen percent of the women said they didn’t reach orgasm at all.

Of the remaining group, about 31% said they reach orgasm just through penile-vagina intercourse. But 69% said they needed more stimulation in addition to intercourse (like kissing or oral sex) to climax. Some said that different sexual positions affected their ability to reach orgasm.

It’s important to note that the study did not include non-heterosexual women or activities outside of penile-vaginal intercourse that can still lead to orgasm.

Of course, all women are different. If it takes you or your partner longer than 13 minutes to reach orgasm, don’t worry. If you are satisfied with your sexual relationship, that is what matters.

However, if you are unsatisfied with sex, talk to your partner about changes you might make. Your doctor may also be able to help.  


The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Bhat, Gajanan S., MCh and Anuradha Shastry, BAMS

“Time to Orgasm in Women in a Monogamous Stable Heterosexual Relationship”

(Full-text. Published online: February 7, 2020)