How to Get More Foreplay
By Marion Winik
It's a simple and, yes, slightly sad truth: Although a new
partner works long and hard to show you that he's a caring, attentive, and
affectionate sort who loves nothing more than to give luxurious foot massages
and make out for hours on end, in long-term relationships, the action tends to
speed up considerably. You absolutely want — and need — more kissing,
caressing, and all that assorted good stuff, but the thought of actually coming
out and asking him for those sensual moves makes you cringe. Fortunately, no
matter how shy you might be when it comes to X-rated topics, we've got some
very effective words that you can bring yourself to say. Here's the plan:
STEP 1: Get your motor running.
Before you ask your guy to lavish attention on your various hot spots,
you've gotta get your mood on. After all, while a single thought — it's time
for sex! — might be all he needs to get started, you (like many women)
probably require some transition between washing the dishes/getting the kids to
bed/straightening up and stripping down. Start with some small requests like
these to turn up the emotional temperature and help you get psyched for making
more sexy suggestions later.
- "Come give me a hug." A nice, long hug (20 to 30 seconds, to be
exact) is proven to jack up a woman's level of oxytocin — a hormone that
heightens sexual arousal. Since guys love to learn the technical specs for
anything, including the workings of your body, share this little tidbit with
your partner, suggests Ian Kerner, Ph.D., author of She Comes First.
Then, once he's got his arms wrapped around you, put your good feelings into
words: "It's so nice to unwind with you" or "I love when you hold me." He'll be
encouraged to discover what else he can accomplish with a little
- "Can you rub my neck (or feet, or head)?" When a man wants to get
you into bed, he'll often suggest that he give you a massage. Remind him of how
well that tactic worked in the past.
- "Let's take a shower together." The warmth...the sweet scents...the
sexy, slippery feel of it all: Suds and water have a way of moving things in
the right direction. Plus, when you open with this suggestion, he'll likely be
open to your other steamy ideas.
STEP 2: Stroke his...ego.
Lead into your request by pointing out what he does right, as in, "I enjoy
it so much when we're hugging and kissing...." Or if the caresses are in
progress, say, "This really turns me on." Avoid negative comments ("Why won't
you try such and such?"). And stay away from the word you when talking
about what you want, says Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., author of Pleasure: A
Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need and Deserve; that way,
you're less apt to sound as if you're blaming him for a so-so sex life.