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The Benefits of Foreplay

Doing anything that’s sexually arousing can help a woman lubricate, which in turn may help a man get and maintain an erection.

When a man is having difficulty achieving climax, he may find it easier if he and his partner have engaged in foreplay before sex.

For women, foreplay can actually make sex more pleasurable. “When a woman’s body becomes aroused, the vaginal muscles pull the uterus up a bit, making more room in the vagina.

This process, called vaginal tenting, creates more space, which makes sex more enjoyable. “If this doesn’t happen, sex may be uncomfortable for a woman.

Foreplay can also help a couple feel closer and more intimate, which ultimately may lead both partners to feel more aroused, says Herbenick. Foreplay is really “about building an emotional connection and getting some excitement going,” she says.

5 Ways to Include Foreplay in Your Sexual Routine

There is no good or bad method of foreplay, and you don’t have to spend hours cuddling, stroking, and kissing before you can move on to sex. A few minutes of foreplay may be all you need.

Aim for at least 10 minutes to give your body enough time to warm up. What’s important is to “focus on kissing and stroking the stomach, inner thighs, and breasts before moving toward the genitals.

To get your minds and bodies warmed up for sex, try these ways to incorporate foreplay into your routine:

1. Play a game. Consider purchasing sex games that offer tips and rules on what to do to each other.

2. Talk dirty. Say what you’re feeling, what you want your partner to do, and what you’re thinking.

3. Get close. Try different ways to touch and hold each other, such as dancing or showering together.

4. Use oils and flavoured products. Give each other back, foot, or full body massages with an oil or lotion. Pour chocolate, whipped cream, or other tasty delights on your partner’s skin, and take your time licking it off.

5. Touch each other. Caress your partner’s face, run your fingers through the hair, and gently tickle the insides of the arms, the stomach, and the thighs. Rub against each other or lightly tickle — whatever feels good.

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