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If you and your partner have decided to take the plunge and invite other play partners into your fantasy realm, you absolutely MUST read my “8 simple rules to enjoy safer sex in an open relationship…”

Rule #1 – Don’t floss your teeth.

Don’t tell your dentist I said this, but please don’t floss your teeth within 24 hours of playing with a new partner.  If you’re going to be engaging in oral sex (which most of you likely will), flossing the teeth opens up the gums and provides a direct line to the bloodstream which can put you at risk for some of the nastiest STIs including HIV.

Rule #2 – Learn how to put on a condom.

If you’ve been in a monogamous relationship for a while and haven’t had to put on a condom, you may actually be out of practice. It’s important that you put the condom on the right way to minimize the risk of the condom breaking and to ensure that it’s not overlooked in the heat of the moment.  And ladies, don’t just leave this up to the guy.  You’re equally responsible for recognizing potential hazards to avoid putting yourself at risk.    Click here to learn the right way to put on a condom.

Rule #3 – Get tested every year.

Once you’ve chosen to be non-monogamous, do the responsible thing…get tested for STIs annually to be aware of your personal sexual health and that of your partner.  Some STIs have no visible symptoms, but many can be cured on early detection or at least managed to mitigate the risk of serious infection or transmission to your primary partner.  www.STDresource.com has a clinic finder that lists STD clinics in BC.

Rule #4 – Wear gloves – they’re smooth as silk.

For many, the use of gloves during sex may be reminiscent of your last trip to the doctor, but despite their unattractive appearance, they actually come with some easily overlooked, very sexy benefits.  Not only do they protect your sex partners from tears, fissures and rashes caused by hang nails and calluses, they actually feel better than the naked hand.   Add a couple of drops of lube and they will feel smooth as silk when you run them along ALL the naughty bits…perfect for hand jobs and penetration.  Oh, and don’t forget, putting on a fresh glove is so much faster than running to the bathroom to do a wash-up when you’re in the middle of that sexy threesome and want to pleasure more than one partner at the same time.   And that brings me to my next rule – don’t double dip!

Rule #5 – Don’t double-dip.

And I’m not talkin’ about a lottery ticket here.  When you’re in the middle of that sexy threesome, foursome or moresome, most get the condoms right when it comes to penile penetration, but regretfully, they forget about the other body parts…particularly hands.  Hands are on him, hands are on her, hands are in her and then before you know it, they’re in a different her along with the body fluids of her #1…ack!  Guys, please wash your hands vigorously with antibacterial soap before double dipping.  Or better yet, see rule #4.  And gals, if you don’t know where your play partners hands have been, ask politely, or have him wear a glove…trust me…you’ll be in ecstasy (safely) and won’t even notice the glove.

Rule # 6 – Trust your senses.

Look – Before playing look for any open sores, blisters or rashes around the genital area, anal area or mouth.  These can be possible signs of STIs and are not worth the risk.

Smell – if it smells funky, it probably is…and even if it’s not an STI…why would you want to take the chance.

In either of these situations, find a way to politely remove yourself from the situation.  If you’re too shy to say something or ask, then it’s still safer to find a polite excuse than to just “grin and bare it”. My favorite..”Sorry, I have to hit the ladies room…darn bladder always gets me at the most inopportune time”!

Rule #7 – I’ll be damned!

Dental dams aren’t just reserved for the dentist anymore.  There’s another type of dental dam on the block that’s perfect for safe oral sex.  A dental dam is a small protective sheet that’s made from the same material as condoms.  It’s lightweight, easy to use and comes in different colors, flavours and scents just like condoms.

As always, when trying a new safety “toy” for the first time, practice on your primary partner first and become a sexpert to avoid any of those awkward moments with arms length play partners.   Simply place the dam over her naughty bits to maximize your protection during oral sex.  Add a little bit of lube to the under side and voila…you’ll have her screaming in ecstasy in no time.  And if you want to increase her pleasure and have more control, have her hold the dam in position leaving your hands free to wander.

Rule #8 – Tell your partner EVERYTHING!

The biggest risk to your personal health, safety and well being will be when your partner finds out that you’ve been hiding something from them.  “Relationship” is the most important word in “open relationship”.  It’s about experiencing this together so be sure to tell the one you love everything.

Now have fun…and play SAFE!

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Without question one of the most popular fantasies amongst our readers is a threesome. For whatever reason, this is the fantasy that appears safest and easiest to comprehend and therefore the one many choose to explore first.

If you are looking to fulfill a Threesome fantasy, remember that it is possible that the play partner you’re interested in is attached to someone.  Convincing that fantasy partner to join you and your partner for a ménage-a-trois may be tricky business.  While there are couples that are OK playing apart or having different play opportunities, the last thing you want to do is make their partner feel like they aren’t good enough to participate or that they “just don’t do it” for you.

Before approaching a prospective threesome play partner, rehearse your “pick-up” lines first and ask yourself how you would feel if you were approached in this manner.  Remember to always focus on the positive/sexy aspects of what does work for you rather than pointing out what doesn’t work for you about the other person, or if you’re new to the scene, simply stick to the facts by communicating your limits and where you’re at.

Consider the following statements when negotiating a threesome fantasy:

(assume some flirting and conversation has already occurred to break the ice and you’re now ready to propose/negotiate your fantasy)

Statement A:
My partner and I are really turned on by you (looking at female partner) and would love to play together.   We’re just not sure we’re attracted to your partner.  Do you (female partner) want to go upstairs for a threesome?

Statement B:
My partner and I find you to be a very sexy couple.  We would love to head upstairs together, however, we’re not sure that we’re ready for a foursome quite yet.  We’re wondering whether or not the two of you play separately or only together?

In statement A, there is a good chance that you may offend the male partner and that he will feel excluded.
In statement B, there is a much better chance that both partners will feel included and sexy, plus, you are able to communicate your fantasy in a non-threatening way by asking about the other couple’s play styles.

If someone were to approach you and your partner for a threesome, which statement would you rather hear?  If you chose option A, then you’re on the road to creating a long list of offences.  If you chose option B, then you’re well on your way to fulfilling your fantasy of a threesome, and making new friends.  Just be sure to try this approach during your next encounter and of course…have fun!

Follow up feedback worth sharing…

We recently received the following additional suggestion from one of our readers and thought it was worth sharing.  Thanks NinjaCouple!

“I enjoyed your sex ed post regarding threesomes company… and Tricky Business. I wanted to provide some of my own possible advice as approaching someone inside a couple is difficult but I’ve successfully worked this situation before and think this tactic could help others out there. As you’ve stated, you don’t want to alienate or offend the fourth partner especially as it will generally ruin your ability to fulfill this fantasy. My recommendation would be to add a third way to approach this situation… when approaching someone who is part of a couple and only wanting the threesome for whatever reason I would suggest inviting that fourth person but to be an observer. Many times a foursome is enjoyable for some not just to play but watching their partner be pleasured… Why not invite them to watch their partner in a threesome fantasy show? This includes him, allows him to be in the room and near his partner and provide some added comfort while also not physically including the extra person until you’re ready for that experience. Just my thoughts on experiences I have had and some possible ways to improve the likelihood of fulfilling this fantasy.   Have a great night –NinjaCouple

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Have you ever felt that pang of jealousy over the cute waiter at the restaurant who seems to be “flirting” with your partner?  Have you ever found yourself fuming at a request from hubby to go to the peeler bar for a night out with the boys?  Or, do you ever wish that just once, your partner would get off the internet and spend some time with you?

If so, then you’re like millions of other Canadians who have come face to face with the big Green Eyed Monster – JEALOUSY!   Jealousy typically rears its ugly head when it finds a gap in your personal armour.  It finds your weakness and takes control of your emotions.

But alas, you have the power to take control back and even slay the monster…with the right weapons!  If you find yourself being overcome by jealousy, you need to get past the volatile emotions at the surface and dig deep to understand the root cause of your anger and hurt.

For example, it may be possible that you’re feeling jealous over your partner’s harmless flirting because he or she never shamelessly flirts with you anymore.  Or perhaps, you don’t want your partner to watch exotic dancers because you perceive that to mean your partner finds them more attractive or more appealing than you when in truth that thought never crossed his mind.  Or maybe you want your partner to get off the internet because you just want to spend more time together.   So in truth, jealousy is not about the other person or object of your partner’s interest.  It’s actually a sign that you just need a little more of your partner’s time, love, desire, attention, shameless flirting, or otherwise.

When you take control of jealousy by understanding the root cause, you can communicate your needs to your partner rationally.   For instance, when jealousy takes over, you might be inclined to demand that your partner not go and watch strippers and your partner may react by saying “you’re just trying to control me”.   But when you’re in control and understand the root cause, you may be more inclined to tell your partner that it hurts your feelings when he goes to watch strippers because you feel he doesn’t find you attractive anymore, and that it would help you feel more sexy and confident if he could express his desire for you more openly.

In the second statement, you have something tangible that you both can work with.  The real issue is not about your partner going to see strippers, but is in fact that you are feeling less attractive to your partner.  So what can you both do to resolve the true issue?  Perhaps you can put on your own sexy little strip tease at home while your partner watches, all the while showering you with attention and telling you how sexy you are.  Or simply having your partner tell you daily how hot you are and what they find attractive about you will help to rebuild confidence.

Over time, as you become more confident from the extra attention, there’s a very good chance that you’ll be more comfortable with your partner going to watch exotic dancers.  In fact, you may even want to go with him.  Because you’ll know with certainty that your partner finds you attractive in every way and you’re not going to lose him to a 10 minute piece of eye candy on stage.

Whatever you do, it will be critical that you both work together.  If you’re the one feeling jealous, you are responsible for understanding the root cause and effectively communicating it to your partner in a manner that is tangible and does not lay blame.  If you are the partner, you will need to be open to listening, and may need to overemphasize the positive statements and actions as an investment in your partner’s confidence.   And both of you together are responsible for coming up with fun and creative solutions.

But remember, the green eyed monster is always lurking.  The amount of time it takes to build up your arsenal will depend on how long you’ve been feeling this way, how much resentment has built up and what caused the feelings to begin with.  Just remember to communicate openly, honestly and always in the positive to slay the green eyed monster and overcome jealousy once and for all.


Eve is the founder of Sugar, Spice and Sex Advice and the co-founder of Club Eden – A Fantasy Club for Couples.  She is a professionally trained communicator with over 14 years experience managing sensitive issues for major national clients and has spent the past three years focusing on the realm of couples and relationships.  She is dedicated to helping couples achieve healthy, happy, sexually satisfying relationships through effective communication, education and sexploration.

***Sugar, Spice and Sex Advice proudly supported by Club Eden – A Fantasy Club for Couples***

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Now that you know a little bit of the history on Swingers, let’s explore how you can get started and help to determine if your relationship is ready for swinging, “the Lifestyle” or multi-partner play.

The key to a successful multi-partner play relationship is COMMUNICATION – communication with “self”, communication with your partner and communication with a playmates.

Communicating with “yourself”

  • Take control of your own sexual journey

Communicating with “self” doesn’t mean engaging in long winded monologues or developing a split personality.  Communicating with “self” means soul searching, being in tune with your feelings, understanding your boundaries and taking control over your own sexual journey.  Your sexual satisfaction is your own responsibility, not that of your partner’s.  In order to effectively move forward on your journey, you need to continually ask yourself “why” or “why not” with regards to your openness to engage in a new sexual experience.   Many of us respond to sexuality based on societal norms and learned behavior.  This means that because we were taught that non-monogamous relationships are unacceptable, we simply react with an empahatic NO when faced with an opportunity to explore.  Next time a new experience or learning opportunity presents itself, instead of reacting, ask yourself why you are saying no and continue asking until you get down to the crux of the issue.  Only then can you make an insightful decision regarding the next step of your sexual journey.

  • Confidence

Be confident.  Practice so it becomes natural. Once something becomes natural, you will have confidence in doing it.  Once you have confidence in yourself, others will have confidence in you. When others have confidence in you, they are more likely to think of you favorably.   And for the ladies, this confidence and environment will be more empowering than you ever thought possible.

Communicating with Your Partner

  • Ensure your partner feels like #1

If you want your partner to be open to  multi-partner play, then there must be no doubt in their mind that they are #1 in your world now and always.   It starts with reminding your partner everyday how much you appreciate them, how much you love them and how much they mean to you.  It continues with checking in with your partner.  Go at the “pace of the slowest hiker”.  If one partner is going to quickly, slow down and wait for them to catch up.  If they are always the one playing catch up, they will lose interest very quickly and may never want to go “hiking” again.  And, your “Lifestyle” relationship will thrive if you always remember that this is about the two of you – nobody else.  Anyone else you bring into your relationship is simply a prop in your own personal fantasy.  This is about fulfilling your fantasies as a couple.

  • Instill trust and remove barriers.

Over time, we sometimes have a tendency to react emotionally, and personally to the idea of fantasy.  The more times we experience this type of reaction, the less apt we are to share our fantasies in the future.  The person you most love wants nothing more that to tell you their innermost secrets and to share their deepest desires.  Make an agreement that you will always be open to listening to each other without consequence.   Always react positively, and consider the possibility, even if you aren’t ready to explore that fantasy at this time (or ever).  But, being open to discussing your fantasy may at least lead you to explore other exciting and fulfilling experiences together.

  • Set ground rules

Setting the ground rules can be complicated.  There are so many possible fantasy scenarios to consider and talk about.   To help you with this part of the communication process, consider completing a Swingers/Multi-Partner play check-list.; We have provided a sample here to help get you on the right path.

Communicating with your Fantasy Play Partners

  • Conversation Etiquette

Knowing how to start a conversation with a couple you don’t know in a non-sexual environment will go a long way to meeting couples when you go to swing clubs and events. First of all, if you are a single man who is practicing meeting couples on the street, you will almost automatically talk to the man and build some kind of rapport with him. If you are a single woman, you will most likely start by talking to the woman. If you do this enough, when you are seeking out a multi-partner play experience you will automatically fall into that mode. By approaching the same sex member of a couple and talking to them instead of approaching the opposite sex partner will go a long way making the couple comfortable with you. Once you get to the joking and flirting part of the conversation, THEY will be the ones asking you to join them, not you asking if you can join them.

  • Saying “no”

Generally, swingers tend to be quite courteous and respectful.  Remember that everyone at the party has different fantasies and also ideas about what works for them.  If you have met someone, but do not make a connection, remember to be true to yourself and honest with the couple approaching you, but ALWAYS be tactful and courteous and NEVER make derogatory remarks.  Conversely, if someone says no to you, take it graciously and move on to another person.

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If you’re considering the swinging lifestyle, are new to the concept of swinging, or are looking to improve your swinging relationship, read on.  This four part “how to” series will help to demystify swinging, answer common questions, provide you with the tools to safely navigate this complicated landscape, and identify ways to get started and meet other like minded play partners.

History of Swingers

There are a number of theories on how swinging started, however, the most common theory emerged in the 1950s whereby California military couples would gather at “key clubs” or “key parties”.  The men would throw their keys into a bowl and their wives would choose a sexual partner for the evening by randomly selecting a key from the bowl.   Eventually, the media caught wind of the activities and began writing stories about this new social phenomenon dubbed as “wife swapping”.  Over time, the phenomenon spread to the surrounding suburban communities and by the early 1970s, the term commonly known as “swinging” emerged.

Today’s Swingers

Today, swinging has evolved into what is now more loosely called “the Lifestyle”.  Although no exact count exists, The North American Swing Club Association (NASCA) claims there are organized swing clubs in almost all states as well as Canada, England, France, Germany, and Japan.

This new form of swinging encompasses a much broader range of play styles.  Although there’s no shortage of “full swap” couples, many couples are now entering “the lifestyle” to enjoy a lighter side of fantasy play with others that includes Voyeurism, Exhibitionism, Threesomes and Soft Swap but may never include full swap or “wife swapping” (visit our Sexipedia for detailed definitions).  Due to the insurgence of detailed information about this topic on the internet, “The Lifestyle” is growing in leaps and bounds.  There are conventions, resorts, clubs and websites dedicated to “the Lifestyle”.  There are mainstream television shows such as “Swingtowns” and “Big Love” dedicated to the lifestyle and other forms of open relationships. And in some countries, including Canada, swinging has been recognized as a legal activity at the highest judicial level.   With its increasing popularity and social acceptability, more and more Canadian couples are turning to this new form of swinging  as a way to “spice up” their sex lives.

Who are swingers?

According to the “General Social Survey”, Swingers tend to be middle class, white collar professional couples with above average education and income.   They are doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, mid to upper level managers, entrepreneurs and office workers.  when it comes to attitudes about sex and marriage they are less racist, less sexist, and less heterosexist than the general population. Swinging appears to make the vast majority of swingers’ marriages happier, and swingers rate the happiness of their marriages and life satisfaction generally as higher than the non-swinging population.”

Swingers could be your business associates, your friends, your neighbours…they may even be you!

Facts about Swingers

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The illustrious “threesome” fantasy  is one that many dream about, but most just don’t know where to begin.  In fact, 95% of the hundreds of people who have taken my open relationship seminar admit that they’ve had the fantasy of a threesome – yes, I know it’s not a random sample, but an indicator none-the-less.   While only 23% of Canadians have admitted to actually having a threesome according to the “2005 Durex Global Sex Survey

This article will cover off the basic techniques for fulfilling your fantasy of a threesome (from a couple’s perspective).  To begin with, I’ve made the assumption that you and your partner have already discussed this fantasy and have agreed that you are both willing to fulfill it together (if you haven’t already had the open discussion, stay tuned for an upcoming article on “How to know if you’re ready for an open relationship”).  For starters, if you’re hoping to have a threesome simply because you’re not sexually satisfied in your current relationship, a threesome is NOT the answer.  It will only lead to heartache.  Bringing a third person into your fantasy play can be highly erotic, but it can also result in insecurities if not done right.

Step I: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate some more

Once you’ve both agreed that you’re turned on by the fantasy of a threesome and would like to move forward, remember to keep the lines of communication open at all times.   Start by defining very clear expectations.  For example, some couples have a no kissing rule or no penetration rule.  Others have a rule that threesomes must happen offsite (ie. not in their own home).  While others are uncomfortable with the fantasy partner staying the night.  Whatever rules you set, DO NOT break them.  But remember, rules can be refined over time so long as the lines of communication remain open.  In addition to having clearly defined rules, it will be critical that your partner feels like #1 and that they rock your world!  To help overcome fears and insecurities, you need to go above and beyond the call of duty.  Remind them every day how much they mean to you, how hot they are and how much you are turned on by them, and of course, never ever take them for granted.  And if this seems a little onerous, you’re right, it is, but it is by far the best investment you can make in your relationship when you’re considering bringing someone else in for fantasy play.   The final part of communication is non-verbal.  When you make a threesome connection, be sure to make regular eye contact with your partner during the moment of passion.  There’s nothing hotter than looking into your partners eyes wile he or she is being pleasured by another partner.  It will create an unbreakable intimate bond and you’ll feel as though your partner is thinking only of you.

Step II: Break the Ice

Whether you’re trying to pick up a female for an FFM threesome, or a male for an MMF threesome, “breaking the ice” is generally the toughest part of the pick up.  But when you’re a couple making a pick up, your wife is the best “wingman” you’ll ever have.  Here’s why…from the day you gentlemen were born, you learned everything you could about how to pick up chicks and “get in their pants”.  All the while he ladies were learning all the different ways to shut you down.  So when a lady in a club sees a guy walking towards her, she’s often already predisposed to turning you down.  But when she sees another lady heading towards her in the bar, she thinks nothing of it.    Now imagine the reaction when the wife heads on over to “break the ice” with your potential new fantasy partner.  She saunters over and starts a conversation that is as simple as this…”Oh, I love that top you’re wearing.  Where did you get it?…” and bam, before you know it, the door is open and the two ladies are chatting like old school mates.  As the conversation swells, the gentleman heads over and the wife makes the introduction into the conversation.  As the conversation progresses, you can always ask to buy her a drink, or to join you both on the dance floor.  Now that you’ve broken the ice, it’s up to you to use your charm, sex appeal and wit to get her to go home with you.

Now if you’re trying to pick up a guy for an MMF threesome, once again, we still recommend sending in the lady.  Gentlemen are used to having to take the lead in the pick up scene so when a lady approaches him confidently and picks him up, he tends to be much more open and you’ll likely be able to bring up the topic of a threesome more quickly than with a lady.  His biggest concern will be about being in the same room with another guy so depending on your preferences, be ready to stick handle those questions right up front.

Step III: It’s all in the Numbers

Most people are generally so afraid of getting rejected that they simply don’t ask and they miss out on the opportunity.  But honestly, what is the worst thing that can happen?  So they say no and look at you like you’re a complete pervert.  Does it really matter.  You’re not trying to find someone for a relationship.  You clearly already have a fantastic and secure relationship  because you’re out on the town with the person you love the most actually trying to pick up a threesome together…who knew.   So what do you really have to lose by asking the question?  And, the more people you ask, the greater your chances.  Ask 50 people in the bar and you’re bound to pique the interest of at least one of them.  Remember those stats above…23% of all Canadians have had a threesome so your chances are pretty good if you just keep asking.  In fact, why not have a little friendly competition with your partner…whoever does not make the pick up that night is required to lavish their partner with sexual favours the next day.  I guarantee that even if you don’t pick up a threesome, you’ll have so much fun on your sexy adventure that your night is sure to end with hot, passionate sex together.

An extra tip…If you want to be a little bit more discreet, create your own “flirt” cards.  Pick up blank business cards at your local supply store and print out your own sexy message like “threesomes are more fun” or “my husband and I think you’re sexy, can we buy you a drink?”.  Then, when you go out to the bar, leave the card on the table of a potential fantasy match while he/she’s up dancing, then stand back from afar and watch their reaction when they get back.  If the reaction is positive, then you’re in.

Step IV: Attend Lifestyle Clubs

Lifestyle or Swingers clubs offer a safe and discreet environment for couples looking for threesomes and other forms of multi-partner play.  Just be sure to do your homework on the club first and find out who they cater to.  For example, some clubs allow in “quality single males”.  If you’re looking for an MMF threesome, then you’re sure to find your match.  Other clubs only allow in couples and single females.  If you’re looking for an FFM threesome, then you’ll have to be extra charming as the competition is greater.  There are generally only a small number of single females who are in hot demand.  However, there is another option…you may be able to negotiate a threesome with another couple.   This means that the lady from the other couple joins you for a threesome and later on, you return the favour.

Step V: Show respect and appreciate for your fantasy partner

When the lady joins you and your partner for a night of passion, be respectful and appreciative.   If you enjoyed the evening, offer to take her for dinner and get to know her a little bit better or call/email the next day to follow up and make sure she’d doing ok.   The “afterglow” is just as important as the night of passion.  Treat her right, and you may just find yourselves with a regular fantasy play partner.

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Sex is Still Taboo?

Today, I was contacted by a reporter doing an article on “the lifestyle”.  She wanted to know what it entails and what the scene is like in Vancouver.  I found myself getting into an interesting discussion about labels and stereotypes.  Why is it that couples simply can’t fulfill their sexual fantasies without being negatively labled a swinger, a kinkster, a freak, a slut, a sex addict, a lifestyler, a nympho…and the list goes on.  It’s no wonder we’re so afraid to discuss our fantasies.  God forbid if we do, we get laughed at, chastized, and left to eternal damnation.

Wouldn’t it be liberating if we could actually talk about sex openly?  Especially with our own partner.  But many of us can’t because society has taught so many of us that sexuality is Taboo!  You don’t talk about it, you certainly would never indulge in anything other than missionary position, don’t even think about self pleasure, and quite frankly, don’t have sex unless it’s to procreate.  And then, once you’ve repressed your sexuallity down to it’s furthest depths, you’re so sexually frustrated that you’d rather have sex with a stranger (without your partner knowing – yet) than actually talk about your fantasies with your partner.

Isn’t it time to break away from the repression?

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