Having a casual sex relationship can be exciting, as you are engaging with new partners, as well as not having the pressure, expectations, or accountability of commitment in a romantic relationship. However, if you are in a casual sex relationship, or have multiple partners, you may have concerns about your partner’s sexual activity outside of your relationship. Health concerns can create stress and even dampen the mood. There are, however, alternative pleasurable experiences you can enjoy with your casual sex partner which reduce the risk of contracting disease. Here, we will first clarify whether you really are involved in a casual sex relationship, what risks there are to one, and some alternatives when having a pleasurable time with each other.
- Are You in A Casual Sex or Polyamorous Relationship?
- Is it Safe to Have Sexual Intercourse?
- Mutual Masturbation
Are You in A Casual Sex or Polyamorous Relationship?
Casual sex may have a slightly different meaning to each individual. In general, the term has been defined as consensual sex outside of a romantic relationship, often with no strings attached or any expectation of a commitment from either partner. Some people may equate casual sex with polyamory, however, there are differences between the two. Polyamory is a non-monogamous relationship, possibly with multiple persons, but often has romantic connections between partners. Both may be engaging in sexual activity with several partners, however, the romantic relational aspect of polyamory is a big difference.
With a casual sex relationship, you may be engaging with a partner who had sex with someone else who may have been infected with a sexually transmitted illness. In addition, a casual sex relationship could also lack the emotional, mental and financial support of a partner should something unfortunate happen to you. It may be important to check and think about whether your relationships with your sexual partners are casual or polyamorous at this stage, because it could potentially impact many aspects of your life.
Is it Safe to Have Sexual Intercourse?
The relationship difference, as mentioned previously, between casual sex partners and polyamorous partners could play a big part in terms of trusting each other with the health and safety of your sexual activities. It's not something you may want to think about, but if you are involved in a casual sex relationship you, or possibly your partner, may not know whether they have contracted any type of illness which could jeopardize your health. Since there is no agreement of monogamy or exclusivity in a casual sex relationship, you may have no idea where your partners have been or whom they have been with. Unprotected sex with your casual partner may lead to HIV transmission, unplanned pregnancy, or other sexually transmitted illnesses. It may also be a good idea, as well as bring you peace of mind, to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases periodically.
Of course, when considering the prevention of disease, the first option that may come to mind is using a condom. However, there are alternatives to sexual activity that you may wish to try and experiment with. Using sex toys, masturbating with your partner, or masturbating each other can be a new and exciting activity. It may also be a safer alternative until you and your partner are certain that it is safe to engage in other sexual activity. We hate to be cliche, but it is better to be safe than sorry. And it’s still very pleasurable for the both of you!
In regards to your personal safety, casual sex can have its hazards in terms of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. It is always your personal choice to make, and if you are willing to take the risks, you may find the thrill and satisfaction you desire. However, carefully considering the risks involved and the consequences of unprotected sex, you may want to explore some viable alternatives. TENGA's core message has remained that individuals should be free to enjoy their own sexual wellness without guilt or shame, so we will always encourage your pursuit of happiness. However, we also hope you stay healthy and happy in your desire to enjoy partnered or self-pleasure.