Time to Orgasm in Women in a Monogamous Stable Heterosexual Relationship

Gajanan S Bhat, Anuradha Shastry
Journal of Sexual Medicine 2020, 17 (4): 749-760

BACKGROUND: Orgasm in women is a complex phenomenon, and the sparse data about time to orgasm (TitOr) in women are an impediment to the research on this complex phenomenon.

AIM: To evaluate the stopwatch measured TitOr in women in a monogamous stable heterosexual relationship.

METHODS: The study was conducted through web-based and personal interview using a questionnaire, which addressed the issues related to TitOr. Sexually active women older than 18 years and women in a monogamous stable heterosexual relationship were included in the study. Those with comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, psychiatric illness, sexual dysfunction and those with partners with sexual dysfunction were excluded. The participants reported stopwatch measured TitOr after adequate sexual arousal over an 8-week period. The data analysis was performed using GraphPad software (©2018 GraphPad Software, Inc, USA).

OUTCOMES: The outcomes included stopwatch measured average TitOr in women.

RESULTS: The study period was from October 2017 to September 2018 with a sample size of 645. The mean age of the participants was 30.56 ± 9.36 years. The sample was drawn from 20 countries, with most participants from India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States of America. The mean reported TitOr was 13.41 ± 7.67 minutes (95% confidence interval: 12.76 minutes-14.06 minutes). 17% of the participants had never experienced the orgasm. Penovaginal intercourse was insufficient to reach orgasm in the majority, in whom it was facilitated by certain positions and maneuvers.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: The knowledge of stopwatch measured TitOr in women in real-life setting helps to define, treat, and understand female sexual function/dysfunction better and it also helps to plan treatment of male ejaculatory dysfunction, as reported ejaculatory latency in healthy men is much less than the reported TitOr here.

STRENGTHS & LIMITATIONS: Use of stopwatch to measure TitOr and a large multinational sample are the strength of the study. The absence of a crosscheck mechanism to check the accuracy of the stopwatch measurement is the limitation of the study.

CONCLUSION: Stopwatch measured average TitOr in the sample of women in our study, who were in a monogamous stable heterosexual relationship, is 13.41 minutes (95% confidence interval: 12.76 minutes-14.06 minutes) and certain maneuvers as well as positions during penovaginal intercourse help achieving orgasm, more often than not. Bhat GS, Shastry A. Time to Orgasm in Women in a Monogamous Stable Heterosexual Relationship. J Sex Med 2020;17:749-760.

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Shirley Kressel

The limitation on validity of this study is not the stopwatch accuracy, but much more important factors, including lack of information on when in the encounter the timing began and what preceded it, the exclusion of women with sexual dysfunction (most of which is difficulty reaching orgasm) and the restriction of the study to penovaginal intercourse — which makes ZERO WOMEN have orgasms without concurrent clitoral stimulation, and often even with it. If the author is trying to help men who orgasm quickly, he can simply reassure them that it doesn’t matter how long or briefly they thrust, women don’t care because the orgasm-triggering nerve endings are all in the clitoral glans, which is never touched by a thrusting penis; men have to provide specific clitoral stimulation, oral, manual, vibrator, or vulva/pubic-bone grinding opportunity to their partner. Female orgasm is not complex or elusive; its requirements are just ignored by men.


Erik Farrar

Kowthar Hassan has never made anyone orgasm.


Kate Stewart

My scientific brain is about to explode from the infinite uncontrolable variables in this “study”. Scientific process is absent in much of the methodology. Maybe study something useful that could bring about a change to improve women’s lives, like a survey on the prevalence of domestic/family violence?


Syed Gardazi

T ihmI love 7it 8


Amy Bagnall

I take issue with the commenter who dares to report what does or does not make half of the population on Earth orgasm. First off, you are incorrect in your assumption that no women are able to achieve orgasm during P in V intercourse. In fact, some women require some type of vaginal penetration in order to achieve orgasm.
If you read the most recent research on the structure of the clitoris you will discover the shape of the nerves branch out from the ‘bean' area and proceed vertically downward toward the vagina on either side of the inner Labia and can surround the vaginal opening. It’s common that nerve placement isn’t always standardized in humans, so there is some variation possible. But the fact that the complex Clitoral structure has ‘legs’ so to speak that assume the shape of a V is a documented fact. There is great content in these two links. The first is more literal, the second, more visual and includes a video.
I truly hope this will not only educate people, but inspire many more orgasms!


Kowthar Hassan

Seriously? You have nothing better to study than this? How sad.


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