6 Questions You MUST Ask Yourself Before Trying A Threesome

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What You Need To Know Before Having A Threesome
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Decisions, decisions ...

You’ve been with your partner for a few months and things are going well. He gets along with your woefully critical friends, his sense of humor meshes seamlessly with your cynical sarcasm, and even your finicky cat doesn’t mind his five-night-a-week presence.

And then he pops the question:

Would you ever be down for a threesome?

 

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Your heart skips a beat, there’s a lump in your throat, and you suddenly can’t remember how to swallow. Breathe and gulp. Breathe and gulp. Why is an involuntary reflex so complicated to master in this moment? You try to respond but all that comes out is a squeak instead of a direct answer as you replay the entire “Wild Things” movie in your head.

After the longest pause in awkward silence history, you finally manage an “I don’t know,” because, in all honesty, you don’t really know.

And so he eventually leaves after a few more beers and rounds of making out, letting you know, before he goes, that — no pressure — he’s open to a threesome ... if you’re comfortable. You shrug your shoulders, attempting to demonstrate your “cool girl” attitude with a nonchalant “I’ll consider it” followed by a self-perceived sexy wink that really just looks like you’ve got something in your left eye.

But you just don’t “consider it." You dissect the matter more painstakingly than your 9th-grade frog experiment. You spend a week Googling and chatting with your girlfriends, trying desperately before you see him again to determine if you are ready for a ménage a trois.

But all you’re left with is haphazard confusion and an empty bottle of wine.

I’ve only experienced two threesomes in my life (coincidentally in the same wild weekend getaway to Los Angeles) and both incidents were, unfortunately, more of an ordeal than an adventure. Between the nervous small talk, odd positioning, and tinge of jealousy, the act felt intimately inauthentic — so much so that when the same partner I had a threesome with asked me a year later if I was still interested, I told him no, it lost its allure.

That’s why the first go around can’t be precarious or spontaneous but carefully thought through to avoid any hurt feelings, unnecessary drama, or inner self-turmoil.

So how can you know? How can you know?! This, my friends, is how you know (and what you NEED to know before having a threesome):

 

1. Are you just giving into pressure?

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Don’t just do it to please your partner — do it because you actually are craving the experience. If you both are equally aroused by the thought of a steamy threesome, then dive right in, but don’t just begrudgingly sign up to make your man happy.

Taking one for the team will probably just make the action unpleasant for all players involved.

 

2. Do you feel the need to drink or get stoned?

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If you feel a shot (or two) is imperative in getting you loose and relaxed enough to engage, then you probably aren’t ready.

If sober you needs some liquid courage to brace through the sexual experience, then that is a clear sign adding another person to the equation is just going turn up the stress level rather than dial up the fun.

 

3. Are you prone to jealousy?

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Part of the reason my threesome wasn’t as sexually liberating as I envisioned was watching my guy get down on another girl. While I knew my jealousy could escalate, seeing my beau climb on top of another woman put my feelings on full blast — I literally cowered back into a corner during the middle of sex!

Don’t make my mistake and have your worst romantic fear actualized in front of you. If you dread the thought of your partner wrapped around someone else already, then hit the brakes before it’s too late.

 

4. Do you feel confident the relationship can survive this experiment?

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Do you trust your partner? Do you feel secure and confident in the relationship? If so, then go for it. But if you are afraid he will like being with the third person more, then that is a subtle indication the romance might not be able to handle another addition. Furthermore, if your relationship is on the mend from infidelity or sexual hang-ups, a threesome could actually exacerbate those tensions.

“If there’s any history of physical or emotional infidelity in your relationship, a threesome could open up old wounds,” Dr. Yvonka De Ridder says. “Just telling yourself it will be fine isn’t enough, you need to really address those concerns before you try anything.”

If you two are not rock-solid and excellent communicators, things might not go as smoothly as hoped.

 

5. Are you emotionally stable?

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Not only does the relationship need to have a strong foundation, but so does your own mental state. If you are struggling with crippling anxiety lately or having difficulty managing stress, a new and intense sexual experience can heighten your fragile emotions and lead to an outburst, so don’t risk it.

Plus, any emotional baggage will surely drag down the potential enjoyment of a threesome.

 

6. What does your gut say?

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A million factors could point to whether you are ready or not, but the best piece of advice is your own intuition. When you know, you know.

And if the thought of a ménage a trois puts a pit in your stomach, then trust that uneasiness.

 

This article was originally published at Slutty Girl Problems. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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