Partner Swap: Things to Remember

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The idea of swapping partners (often referred to as “swinging”) is still something of a taboo for many people. Those who live in strictly monogamous relationships may even wonder as to whether such a practice can even be good for a relationship to begin with. This is a valid concern. Some couples, however, end up finding that swapping partners (whether it be for specific sexual practices or more) can end up making their relationships stronger.

However, there are a few things that everyone should keep in mind before partaking in this exciting activity.

Communication Above All

When it comes to your partner, romantic/sexual relationships or anything where the possibility of someone getting hurt is quite high, the best thing that you can do is communicate. Experienced couples who have been swapping for years are aware of what they are comfortable with and will often quite frequently explain what it is they expect from their partners, what they will accept and what they won’t.

You Can Back Out Anytime

The idea of sleeping with someone new – or simply someone who isn’t your usual partner- can be quite exciting. The possibility of cold feet, however, is something that comes up with a lot of people. If, for whatever reason, you start to feel uncomfortable with the idea or would like to stop whatever you’re doing, then make sure to communicate this to your partner as well. Don’t be afraid of disappointing people: when it comes to sex, you have every right to back out!

Use Protection

Couples in monogamous relationships may forgo all kinds of contraception for whatever reason, which is understandable. However, if you’re in any situation where either you or your partner is having sexual contact with people outside the relationship then you will want to ensure that you use protection… as well as get tested regularly!

More on Swinging:
Swinging for Beginners
A Single Man’s Guide to Swinging
Swinger Party Etiquette