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How foreplay is important in conception? Aphrodisiacs and Conception

Written by Dr. Ramesh Mohanlal Maheshwari and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan

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These are substances used to increase sexual drive or sexual ability of the individual. They are mainly desired by males. There is a constant search for aphrodisiacs. Over the centuries, human beings have used extracts of trees, roots, flowers, insects, animal parts, Spanish fly, strychnine, alcohol, and drugs for this purpose. However, according to scientific research, there is no effective aphrodisiac available.


The best aphrodisiac can be a caring and sharing with partner and foreplay. This stimulates sensitive body parts to get the partners into the excitement stage.

The sensitive body areas are different in individuals. Therefore, the partners have to explore each other to find out the sensitive areas that will lead to sexual excitement. These areas could be the ear lobes, neck, lips, inside skin of the upper arms or thighs, toes, fingertips, soles of the feet, breasts, and genitals. These sensitive areas are called erogenous zones. These areas can be stimulated by stroking, squeezing, tickling, licking, etc.

The partners must communicate and express to each other, such as what is pleasurable to them and what is not. A woman usually takes a longer time to get aroused than a man; so foreplay should take this into consideration. Once both the partners have agreed to have a sexual relationship, then it is the responsibility of each partner to satisfy the needs of the other. This should be done thorough understanding, care, and respect.


  • When a man and a woman want to have a baby, vaginal intercourse is very important, and foreplay plays a major role before vaginal intercourse and helps a lot in getting the couple intimate.
  • The timing is important as the egg in a woman has a life span of only 12 to 24 hours. Hence, the period during which the egg and the sperm can unite is limited to about 2 days in a month, around the time of ovulation. It may differ in some women.
  • However, sperms are produced in millions each day, facilitating fertilization since only one sperm is required to fuse with the egg cell. The fusion of the ovum by the sperm is called conception. It normally takes place in the outer part of the fallopian tube.
  • Conception occurs as a result of sexual intercourse. During vaginal intercourse, the erect male penis enters the vagina of the female. Sperms are ejaculated near the cervix of the uterus. The sperms swim from the uterus into the fallopian tube and to the ovum.
  • The head of the sperm enters the ovum and its tail is dropped off. The nuclei of the male and the female cells then fuse to form the zygote. This is called fertilization and leads to conception.

The directions for making a new baby are contained in the zygote. So, both partners contribute to the characteristics of the baby. Conception is the physical and physiological process of a sperm fusing with an ovum. The society requires a child to have a father and a mother, not just that they contribute a sperm and an egg cell, but so that they can nurture a child after it is born.

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Last reviewed at: 20.Mar.2019



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