This Is How Long Sex Should Really Last Tonight

A little Valentines Day advice

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If you look to porn videos and former Police frontman Sting for your sex tips, then you'll be led to believe that the whole thing can only be enjoyed in the form of a Lucozade-fueled marathon of glassy-eyed endurance.

Needless to say, you should not be taking your sex tips from porn videos and former Police frontman Sting. You should be following the advice of 'sexperts' like Tracey Cox, who has revealed the ideal length of time men should be aiming for in their sex sessions.

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She told The Sun: "Our natural vaginal lubrication tends to dry up over a long period of time and sex becomes painful. Keep on banging away, in the same position, for too long and we'll be bored rather than panting ecstatically. An average of the most reputable studies comes out at between five and 13 minutes as the preferred intercourse duration."

Research agrees. According to a 2008 study of sex therapists in the United States and Canada, sex that is "too short" lasts one to two minutes, "adequate" lasts three to seven, and "desirable" is seven to 13.

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Amy Guise, who conducted the Social Psychological and Personality Science study for the University of Toronto, told the Huffington Post:

"Our research suggests that engaging in regular sex is associated with happiness, but it is not necessary, on average, for couples to aim to engage in sex as frequently as possible."

So now you know the deal: make sure to pass the ten minute mark, but only if you're feeling in the mood.