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Great sex is one of the best parts of being in a relationship.
Sharing passionate, pleasurable moments with someone you find attractive is part of the human experience. Are you confined to just having solo pleasure? Not in the world of friends with benefits. It can be a breath of fresh air.
But as liberating as it is to have commitment-free sex, friends-with-benefits relationships can be tricky to navigate. Are you exclusive friends with benefits, or are you both okay with hooking up with other people? What if your friend with benefits starts to want more from the relationship? And if you stop feeling it, how do you end it? Friends with benefits means something a little bit different to everyone. And finding some common ground beyond the bedroom will help keep the experience steamy.
Maybe two co-workers occasionally escape for quickies on their lunch breaks. Perhaps former lovers decide to rekindle that sexual spark without the emotional investment. Or it could be a couple of college friends who just like to Netflix and chill on the weekends. Friends with benefits is a mixed bag. Some women revel in hooking up with someone then going on their merry way.
Drillinger, who was friends with benefits with a guy she met at the gym, discovered that this kind of relationship left her feeling down. I felt taken advantage of and as though I was doing all the work. It all depends on what would make you feel happy and fulfilled. Turned on by the idea of crawling in bed with a friend?
Often, a friends-with-benefits sitch kicks off naturally—maybe as a random hookup that happens to go on for a few months. Dating apps and sites such as Tinder and OkCupid are filled with people looking for all kinds of relationships. Make it clear in your profile what you want, then start reaching out to potential friends-with-benefits matches.
Of course, you can always go traditional and seek out someone in person. New York—based writer Lindsey Stager name has been changed for privacywho was friends with benefits with a colleague for seven months, says that a personality match is just as important as a physical attraction.
The mind needs stimulation, too! No two friends-with-benefits relationships are exactly alike, but there are some rules that can help lay the groundwork for a fun time in bed with a friend. Here Knight, Drillinger, Stager, and Clover dive deeper into the framework every friends-with-benefits relationship should consider. And with sex, never assume consent. Nothing sucks the fun out of sex quite as quickly as getting an infection or having a pregnancy scare.
Consistent use of protection will help keep you and your partner healthy.
Rule 3: Friends with benefits must communicate. That set the tone for the whole thing and lifted this weight of expectation and progress off both our shoulders. Open lines of communication increase your chances of a smooth ride. Rule 4: Friends with benefits should have fun exploring. Friends with benefits gives you the chance to embrace your sensual side and experience sexuality in fresh ways.
Take advantage of the opportunity by exploring your desires and ultimately having fun with it. Clover says her friends-with-benefits relationship took away the pressure of losing her virginity. Even the most experienced hedonists can discover new pleasures during a friends-with-benefits relationship.
For Knight, hooking up with a friend might involve trying out a new kinky kit or just fooling around. But with the lack of a commitment comes the potential for your friend to have multiple partners. Jealousy can creep up unexpectedly if you find out your friend is hooking up with someone else. If you or your partner feel resentment about outside hookups, the friends-with-benefits relationship might not be a great fit for your lives.
Is it possible to turn it into a committed relationship? Speak up about your feelings. Your friend with benefits might even want the same thing! But your wants and needs can change over time. Stager admits that things would have gone better in her last friends-with-benefits relationship if she and her co-worker were more open about the type of connection they wanted. No friends-with-benefits relationship lasts forever.
And when the sexual chemistry has run its course, end your friends-with-benefits relationship and move on to something or someone bigger.
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Things to know before you start a 'friends with benefits' relationship