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Why is foreplay so great for relationships?

May 16, 2023
By, laura

Why is foreplay so great for relationships?

Foreplay often divides people, and some people love it while others just aren’t convinced of the benefits. If you’re not a fan, chances are you haven’t found the thing you like yet. So why not use this as an opportunity to learn something new about yourself, your partner, and your relationship.

When done correctly, foreplay can be the ideal way to increase intimacy and learn more about what your partner likes in bed. Some people even enjoy the foreplay part more than the actual penetrative sex, usually because it focuses more on their sexual needs.

Here are just some of the reasons you should make sure that foreplay features heavily in your bedroom antics.

Why is foreplay so good for couples?

Still on the fence about foreplay? There are so many reasons to give it a try to help improve your connection with your partner.

1. It helps reduce stress

The simple act of kissing your partner unleashes a cocktail of feel-good chemicals in the brain, including oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. These will help to combat cortisol levels, which is known as the stress hormone. Through improved intimacy with your partner, you can reduce stress levels and improve your sleep.

2. It helps increase sensitivity

When you stimulate a part of the body, it stays sensitive for longer. This is why foreplay is so great for increasing sensations felt during sex. It’s like turning up the dial on your touch, so that every kiss, lick and spank feels even more incredible than before.

3. It boosts excitement

Yes, we know we just said that sex is going to chill you out and make you less stressed. But it also has the opposite effect of increasing excitement levels. Some people take a little more time to get in the mood, so foreplay can help to get you both on the same page and just as excited for the main event.

4. It increases arousal… and lubrication

As women get older, their natural lubrication levels decrease, which can make sex uncomfortable and less enjoyable. Making sure that your partner is fully aroused by using popular foreplay techniques is a great way to increase natural lubrication.

5. It enhances intimacy

You’ll feel closer with your partner if you spend more time exploring their body and getting to know that makes them feel good. The shared bond that goes hand in hand with foreplay is not something that can be easily replicated with other acts.

6. It’s a time to learn something new

What turns you on might change over time, and you might discover new things that feel good. But you won’t know about any of this if you don’t spend time exploring each other’s bodies during foreplay. Foreplay is a great way to check in and find out what fantasies might be circulating in your partner’s mind that they haven’t mentioned yet.

7. It’s excellent for communication

If you’re curious to try new things but don’t want to ask in the heat of the moment, foreplay is a great way to break the ice. It’s excellent for opening up communication about sex in a non-awkward way. You might even explore dirty talk during foreplay. You’ll be able to ask questions, give feedback and explore new fantasies together.

8. It’s a great way to spice things up

When things start to feel stale and routine, foreplay is an incredible way to shake things up again. If you both approach this intimate play time with an open mind, you can discover new things that you both enjoy together.

How to ask for more foreplay in the bedroom

You might know the benefits of foreplay, but how do you actually make it happen with your partner? The main issue couples often have with foreplay is finding the time to make it happen. If you’re already pushed for time, you might struggle to find additional time to get close and intimate.

With this in mind, you need to work backwards and make time for foreplay before you make time for sex. Remember that foreplay can be just as rewarding as sex, so perhaps you can sometimes engage in just foreplay if you’re pressed for time.

Sometimes the solution to getting more foreplay in the bedroom is to simply ask for it. Open communication is an important part of any healthy relationship. You could suggest some things you would like to try, or send some naughty links to positions you are keen to explore.

If more foreplay is important to you, this should quickly become a priority in your relationship. And remember to ask your partner what they would like to try more of in the bedroom.

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