At the Princess Fantasy, we’re all about having the best sex you can and improving your life through that sex. So it should come as no surprise that we’re not strangers or opponents of the one-night stand. But we’re also familiar with the realities of casual sex, some of which may have stopped you from having casual sex in the past!
The good news is that a few precautions and a level head can make you a pro at casual sex. Just follow our advice below!
1. SOMEONE ALWAYS DEVELOPS EMOTIONS
If you’ve got a regular casual sex partner or you’re having casual sex with a friend with benefits – more on that here – then it’s common for you to run into the issue that one of you develops feelings for the other. If that’s you, you might continue having casual sex in hopes the same happens to him. When you’re on the receiving end of that affection, you might feel a little resentment because your sex buddy didn’t follow through on his end of the “deal.”
But in the real world, it’s incredibly hard not to be physically intimate with someone without having feelings develop. This is in part due to hormones such as oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, which is released during and after orgasm.
2. YOU FEEL JEALOUSY EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT ATTACHED
Some people will argue that you can’t feel jealousy over a casual sex partner if you don’t have other feelings, but this isn’t true. You can simply be jealous if you know he’s dating or having sex with other women because you want his sexual energy. Like having romantic feelings, having jealousy can ruin a good thing. Or it may be a sign that this agreement was too good to be true.
3. IT’S HARD TO TALK ABOUT BOUNDARIES
When it comes to casual sex, you’ve got to be able to set your boundaries. Let a guy know that it’s a one night stand. Otherwise you could be leading him on. You should at least try to discuss whether you can cuddle or if he’s going to spend the night. And discussing the use of condoms or birth control is a must because you don’t want to play with your sexual health.
4. PINPOINTING STIS CAN BE HARD
Even if you do use condoms, you might still get a sexually-transmitted infection from casual sex. Read about the symptoms in this post. Although it’s wise to have STD screening done after you’ve had sex with a new partner, this might not be easy to do if your sex schedule is busy.
So if you do discover an STI, you might have a long list of people who might have given it to you. That same list of people also needs to be notified of your STI status, which is never an easy phone call. And it may be impossible because…
5. THERE ARE A LOT OF PHONE NUMBERS TO KEEP TRACK OF
The more partners you have, the longer your contact list becomes. This might not be overly difficult if you don’t sleep with many people – or if you don’t keep their numbers. This former strategy certainly works, but this might lead to you receiving a message from someone who is no longer in your phone book who wants a booty call, and it’s even more embarrassing when the situation happens to you!
6. SLUT SHAMING FROM OTHER WOMEN
Let’s say you do keep a digital Little Black Book of full men’s names and numbers – and perhaps some more naughty stats. What do you do when your sister, mom or best friend inquires about it? Perhaps you want to open up to some of your female friends about your nighttime escapades. But what if you’re faced with something you weren’t expecting? Slut shaming!
In short, slut shaming occurs when anyone judges you for having sex that they deem to be “slutty.” According to their worldview, you may have sex too often, with too many people or even the wrong kind of sex for another person’s moral beliefs. Unfortunately, slut-shaming happens all too often, and you can even be slut-shamed for walking, dressing or doing your makeup the “wrong” way.
Remember that another person’s morals aren’t the same as yours, and what they say doesn’t have to affect your life.
7. YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN TRUST THESE MEN
Your safety is of the utmost importance, and having casual sex changes things. You might not know these men as well as you would know a serious partner or even a FWB. Consider a screening process before you hop into bed with them. A great option is grabbing a drink first at a local bar, where you’re known, to determine whether the guy is cool or a creep.
You might also set up a check-in call or text with a friend. Give her the picture, name and phone number of the guy you’re seeing. If possible, send over his address. If you don’t check in at the agreed-upon time, she can head over or even call the cops to make sure you’re okay!
8. IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO VOICE YOUR NEEDS
Some women have a hard time describing what it is they crave in the bedroom. This may be due to the fact that some sections of society wants women to be subservient more often than not. The result is lackluster sex, but why would you have casual sex if it’s not going to make your toes curl?!
So you’ve got to be able to ask for what you need every time, especially if you’re not well acquainted with the hunk you’re going to hook up with. Assertiveness can improve your experience with casual sex . This guide to sexual communication can help, even if you’re having casual sex. Plus, you needn’t worry if a stranger thinks your sexual desires are a little weird if you know you’ll never see him again!
9. HE MIGHT HAVE WEIRD FETISHES
When you’re in a committed relationship with someone, you’re more likely to try out pegging or spanking if that’s his thing because you care about him and want to make him happy. But you’re likely much less invested in him if it’s just casual sex.
Plus, activities like BDSM can be potentially dangerous if you don’t fully trust your play partner, which is why BDSM contracts and safe words are so important.
10. THE SEX MIGHT NOT BE THAT GOOD
Think about all the sex you’ve ever had that was sort of mediocre, awkward or even downright bad. Chances are, these were your first times with new partners or even your first time having sex. The more you get to know someone, the better you get to know each other’s preferences and bodies. This is good when it comes to having great sex in a long-term relationship.
But it means casual sex might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe chemistry, novelty and a sense of taboo can lead to the sort of high that means nothing can bring you back down, even not getting off. However, you need to be prepared that you might not get off. He may try, or he may not even care. And if you’re someone who has casual sex with someone you meet at the bar, you might run into some whiskey dick, where the alcohol in his system prevents him from getting hard.
The reality of casual sex sometimes isn’t that sexy, which means this lifestyle isn’t for everyone.
11. YOU MAY NOT BE PREPARED
Even though you might never see him again, you probably want to knock his socks off. This means dressing sexy – read our guide to take his breath away – having your hair and makeup done and smelling divine! This may also mean shaving or other hair removal. If a no-strings-attached sex opportunity pops up quickly, however, you may not be fully prepared and may feel sexual anxiety because of it.
Both men and women can experience anxiety related to casual sex .
12. YOU CAN FEEL SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT YOUR BODY
When it comes to a partner who loves you, relaxing may be easy because they know how your humor, intellect and other personality traits come into play. But when we’re talking about a one-night stand, if you feel a little jiggly about the middle or bloated because of hormones, this can really ruin your mood.
You can help to curb your body anxiety by remembering that you never have to see him again. Remember that while you might think this guy is drop-dead gorgeous, he also has his imperfections. And he’s likely more focused on whether he looks good and can perform to your standards. So give yourself a break and have fun!
HOW TO BE A GOOD CASUAL SEX PARTNER
If you want to be good at casual sex, you need to be good at sex. Be involved and engaged. Show enthusiasm. Show your partner that you’re willing to give pleasure and to experiment.
However, it’s not all about them. Casual sex is for you, too. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Let your partner know if you need something else or guide his hands to show him how you like it. Touch yourself to get yourself off, and don’t be afraid to make a little noise.
An active sex partner makes all the difference whether you are with a casual sex partner or your husband of the last 20 years.
One key element to successful casual sex is to keep it casual. Although it’s never polite to jump up from sex immediately or to kick someone out of your bed. However, you may not be able to spend the night or to allow someone to do the same. You can alleviate these concerns by letting your partner know that you can’t stay all night or that he cannot do the same.
You want to maintain a bit of healthy distance, so you may want to avoid discussions about things outside of the bedroom. And you certainly don’t want to discuss anything that might be construed as romantic between the two of you. Don’t make plans that involve anything other than sex (or maybe Netflix). Activities like that can easily blur the lines if you just want to keep it casual.
In the same vein, don’t expect to become too chummy with this guy’s roommates, friends, or family members. He shouldn’t ignore you in public, but he may prefer you not making a big deal out your casual arrangement. Respect his privacy. Equally, he needs to respect yours too.
Sometimes sex can elicit feelings like maybe you want more than just sex even if you don’t particularly like that person. This is normal and happens because of the powerful hormones released during and after sex. Oxytocin is also known as the cuddle hormone, and it can make you feel fond of a sexual partner. Hold off on making any of those decisions until after the hormones have settled.
Furthermore, jealousy has no place in casual sex. By its very nature, casual sex indicates you’re not monogamous. Either or both of you may have other partners (or not). Depending on how comfortable you are with this thought, you may be able to discuss other partners. But it’s okay if you can’t, and you specify that this kind of talk is off limits.
The key to a successful casual sex relationship is setting and adhering to boundaries, and these boundaries may vary with each partner. Figure out what you need to do to make the arrangement work.
If you’re incapable of sleeping with someone casually or using it to try to get someone to fall for you, you will likely be disappointed. Although many people have tried this and clung to the scraps of care they received through sexual activities, it will only hurt you to prolong cutting things off.
Finally, remember the rules if your casual sex partner is ongoing. Be sure that your communications (often through text or other messaging services) don’t inundate your partner. Focus on making sex-specific plans, not dates.
Figure out how often it’s okay to hit this up person, how persistent you can be if you want to get together for sex, and when you can message or even call. Everyone has their own needs, which brings us back to the boundaries we just discussed.
CASUAL SEX VERSUS FWB
After you sleep with a person for a while, they may move from a casual lay to friend-with-benefits. There can be overlap between casual sex and friends-with-benefits depending on your definition of each term. Casual sex can be an ongoing thing for some people, especially if they’re good at compartmentalizing.
The difference is that a friend-with-benefits is just that: a friend. You may still participate in friendly activities, talk to one another about things other than sleeping together, see each other at social gatherings, and discuss your life outside the bedroom together.
You may want to return to that level of friendship someday if you stop sleeping together. Although you may not be especially close, it’s important to handle the situation with care. Because FWB arrangements can sometimes go south, you may want to avoid having sex with close friends to protect the friendship.
If either of you starts to develop feelings, you’ll need to talk about it. And you may need to stop having sex to save the friendship.
Just as with casual sex, your friend-with-benefits might have other partners. They may eventually wind up in a relationship (or you could), and the two of you will always recognize that you’ve seen each other naked, had sex, etc.
Occasionally people think that they can handle an FWB arrangement but realize that they cannot, and their friendship ends because of it.
DON’T FORGET YOUR SAFER SEX KIT!
Casual sex can happen quite spontaneously, and it may not happen as your originally planned. This means you may not have items available that can promote safer, healthier sex (not to mention better sex!). That is, of course, unless you keep a safer sex kit.
What is a safer sex kit? It’s simply a few items you can keep on you whenever casual sex might be a possibility. These can go in your purse if you already carry one. You can also keep these items in a Ziploc bag, a pencil case, or even a small plastic container.
The size of your container depends on what you want to include in your safer sex kit. Here are a few options:
- Condoms (male or female, multiple sizes)
- Lube (packets or travel/sample-sized bottles)
- Dental dams
- Gloves (choose non-latex if you a condom allergy — learn more)
You can upgrade your kit from a safety kit to a fun+hygiene with the following:
- Personal wipes
- A small vibrator (think bullet style)
- Mouthwash or toothbrush/paste (mints will do in a hurry)
- A comb or brush
- Cock rings – learn about cock rings
If you like kinky activities, your safer sex kit might include alcohol wipes, bandages, a safety scissor, and cotton.
Just make sure that everything fits into your bag or container, and you’re good to go. Male condoms and dental dams already come in packets, and you can stick to samples of lube (learn more about lube and why you should use lube) rather than bringing the bottle. A bullet vibrator doesn’t sit flat like the other items, but if you’re willing to devote more space to your safer sex kit, you can even try a small clitoral stimulator.
Check out our recommendations for vibrators and other sex toys.
The point of the safer sex kit is to protect against STIs and pregnancy even if you’re not sure that you’ll need it. Casual sex sometimes happens without prior planning . You know what they say: you’re better safe than sorry. So toss it in your bag or keep it in your purse (make sure that nothing sharp will come into contact with the condoms or lube).
If you don’t want to carry it on you at all times, make a point to grab it before you participate in activities that are conducive to sex such as drinking or partying.
Make sure to replenish anything you use.
When it comes to casual sex, you have to know and trust yourself, including your instincts. If something feels wrong, be prepared to walk away. Know that you won’t hit it out of the ballpark every time, but if you just need to scratch that itch, like to meet new people or aren’t ready to settle down, then we hope you’ll follow this advice to have amazing casual sex!