Polyamory is a hot-button topic at the moment and one that has a lot of people confused and intrigued. The actual term “polyamory” simply refers to having more than one romantic partner: this can involve sex, however, sex is in fact only a very small aspect of polyamory as an overall picture.
When it comes to sex within relationships that are consensually non-monogamous though, it is important to keep a few things in mind.
Communication is one of the most important things. Keeping these points in mind will ensure that there are as few misunderstandings as possible.
Talk About Protection
Protection is highly important even within monogamous relationships: when it comes to polyamory, however, it gets right down to the practical aspects of things. Using protection when with another partner is important so that diseases aren’t transmitted. Inclusive of this is regular STD testing: you will want to ensure that both you and your partner are clean and that if anything does come up, it can be treated quickly and effectively.
Make Sure That You’re Both On The Same Page
When it comes to polyamory, there is a lot of discussion that needs to be had: and it needs to be consistent. With regards to sex, in particular, you need to be sure that you’re on the same page with your partner. Talk about what’s acceptable and what isn’t: are you both allowed to do penetrative sex with other people, or is that strictly only for your relationship? Are one night stands acceptable, or must a new sexual partner be introduced and “vetted” (so to speak) before you’re allowed to sleep together? It can be a lot to discuss but when it comes to your own relationship, it is highly important to ensure that you both know where you stand.