Sexual problems in European adults

A survey of 1500 Europeans aged 40-80 found that 69% of men and 56% of women reported having sexual intercourse during the past year. The most common male sexual problems, i.e. early ejaculation (20%) and erectile dysfunction (18%), were more common in the UK than in other European countries. The most common female sexual problems, i.e. a lack of sexual interest (34%) and a lack of pleasure in sex (25%), were also more common in the UK than in other European countries. Only 26% of men and 17% of women had discussed their sexual problems with a doctor.

Moreira ED, Glasser DB, Nicolosi A, Duarte FG, Gingell C; GSSAB Investigators’ Group.

Sexual problems and help-seeking behaviour in adults in the United Kingdom and continental Europe.
BJU Int. 2008 Apr;101(8):1005-11.

How long should intercourse last?

The authors surveyed Canadian and American sex therapists views on how long they felt it was normal for intercourse to last. They found that the average sex therapist believes that intercourse that lasts 3 to 13 minutes is normal.

Corty EW, Guardiani JM.
Canadian and American sex therapists’ perceptions of normal and abnormal ejaculatory latencies: how long should intercourse last?
J Sex Med. 2008 May;5(5):1251-6.

Low testosterone levels are associated with increased mortality in men

The relation between endogenous testosterone concentrations and health in men is controversial. The authors examined the prospective relationship between endogenous testosterone concentrations and mortality due to all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer in 11,606 men aged 40 to 79 years. They found that endogenous testosterone concentrations are inversely related to mortality due to cardiovascular disease and all causes. Low testosterone may be a predictive marker for those at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Margaret Rees
11 December 2007