Foreplay is something we tend to forget about at times but is a vital part of intercourse. For women, it gives them time to ‘warm’ up and get in the mood. It also allows them to reach orgasm more frequently. Many men are unaware but the average healthy male lasts approximately 5 minutes before reaching climax while the average healthy female can take as much as 17 minutes to reach climax. This is called the orgasm gap.