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The Sexy Swinging Lifestyle: How to Make It Work for You

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With more and more people getting involved in the swinging lifestyle, you might be interested in giving it a go. But can you really make it work?

Since the later decades of the 20th century, the concept of swinging seems to have gained currency. All over the modern press, and especially lifestyle magazines, you can read stories about couples who’ve entered this most fascinating and erotic of worlds, enjoying regular swinging sessions with other like-minded couples *or groups* while committed to a relationship where other people become a regular part of sexual activity.

However, for every story you read where swinging seems to be a successful and enhancing part of a relationship, there is another telling how a relationship was ruined by swinging—from the consequent jealousy that one half of the couple feels, to situations where one of them has left their partner for the other person. [Read: The cuckold fantasy – The fetish and everything about it]

What’s the difference between success and failure?

The difference between making a success of swinging and making a mess of it all comes down to the amount of discussion, consensus, and planning on the subject. Let’s face it: a great deal of trust in each other has to be involved for a couple to take this revolutionary step down the sexual path.

The chances that you both wake up one day, think you want to get into swinging, find the ideal partners the first time, and enjoy the initial occasion of swinging as much as you thought you would are slim, indeed. [Read: How to build trust in a relationship and make it last]

There will be differences of opinion, not only between you and your partner, but also between you as a couple and those you are inviting into your bedroom. There may also be more significant disagreements about how you want to go about things. To ensure that these don’t encroach too much upon the lifestyle you both desire, follow the 10 steps below. If you do, things should be relatively plain sailing.

#1 Swinging makes a poor counselor. The first thing to remember with swinging, is that it is no cure for relationship issues. Many people go into this lifestyle because they feel there is something amiss in there relationship and that a bit of spicing it up will help get it back on track.

Well, NEWSFLASH: that just isn’t the case. Not only is swinging unlikely to help, but in the case of an extant issue, it’s more probable that it will hasten you toward a relationship exit. Swinging should only be undertaken by a couple in a loving relationship, or it just tends to further open the cracks. If there are issues with your relationship, see a guidance counselor, instead. [Check out: How to start swinging with your partner the right way]

#2 Singing from the same hymn sheet. Before you enter into a swinging relationship, make sure you’re both equally interested in the prospect. You really have to be sure about this. Some couples tend to do anything to please their partner—even if they aren’t 100% sold on the idea. If you’re unsure, you must tell your partner and talk it through, or it could cause serious problems with your relationship.

#3 Thinking it through. You might both be sold upon the idea of swinging, and have gotten really excited about it, but can you really do it? Put the idealized image out of your head for a moment, and think about the fact that you’ll be exposing yourself to complete strangers, that you will be experiencing different smells *not bad, necessarily, but different* and that there may be a great deal of fumbling and awkwardness until you all get a little more used to each other. Maybe now it doesn’t sound as great as you first thought. If so, maybe a further sit down and discussion with your partner is needed. [Read: 11 open relationship questions to know if you’re ready to start swinging]

#4 Take it easy. This is a major lifestyle change and not something to be rushed into. The discussion stage should go on for a period of weeks, not just one night, and likewise the approach to the act itself should be approached cautiously. Get your confidence up BEFORE you take the plunge. [Try: The do’s and don’ts of swinging]

#5 Take your pick. There are different types of swinging, which you and your partner have to decide upon. Full swap, soft swap, same room, different room, watching only… the variations are myriad. So, get Googling, do your research, and decide which suits you best.

#6 The perfect choice. Next, decide what kind of partners you want. Some people like the anonymity of free-for-all swinging clubs, whereas some prefer to build a more intimate relationship with one or two couples. Just make sure your choice of partners suits both of you.

#7 Keeping it social. The best way to ruin a swinging session is to have someone turn up who really doesn’t fit the bill. Always try to meet a potential swinging couple first to see if the match is a good one before progressing any further. [Dig in: 10 kinks adventurous couples have to try at least once in their lives]

#8 The ground rules. Between yourselves and also with the other couple you are inviting into the bedroom, you need to decide the ground rules first. Although you are entering a pretty open and no-holds-barred lifestyle, there may still be some things that you’d prefer to keep for each other, and these should be decided upon first so that no one gets hurt. It is quite common in swinging, for instance, for there to be a no kissing rule, as kissing is generally seen as something intimate and loving rather than sexual. [Read: Threesome rules – 20 things you need to be clear about before bringing someone else to bed]

#9 The “nays” have it. Throughout all stages of your progression down the swinging lifestyle path, it is important that you agree to and maintain a veto option. Essentially, should one of you have any second thoughts at any stage, you should be able to express that in a way which your partner will listen and respond to, maturely and without question.

#10 Secret code. It’s really helpful in a swinging situation to have a secret code that only you and your partner understand. Hand signals or key words could do the job equally well, and might range from a “let’s get out of here!” to a “let’s stay!” The details, dear swingers, are up to you.

[Read next: The complete couples guide to swapping partners with another couple]

Swinging is a great lifestyle to get involved in, as long as both you and your partner are equally interested and as long as you both understand the rules. Just remember: swinging is a joint pursuit, not a replacement for something you already have.

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David Cullen
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2 thoughts on “The Sexy Swinging Lifestyle: How to Make It Work for You”

  1. costa says:

    My girlfriend since high school (we were in college at the time) made out with a guy in Mexico. The next day she called me long distance crying and told me everything. She got drunk, they were dancing at a club and she made a stupid mistake. At the time, we broke up. I was so angry I just broke up with her on the spot. I was in a parking lot in Nashville with a long distance calling card breaking up with my girlfriend. It took a little bit for me to realize (strangely) what an awesome person she was for confessing. I later learned that all of her friends there tried to talk her out of calling me and confessing, but she called me anyway. We had been dating for 3 years at the time so it hurt. After college I moved to Chile for 4 years, we kept in touch. I moved back to the US because I had a shot at getting back together with her. We’ve been married for over a year now and have a 8 month old daughter, she’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.

  2. swing says:

    My wife and I are 26 and 27, respectively, and have been married a little under a year. However, we’ve known each other for much longer (10+ years), and have a great marriage, and an amazing sex life, even before all of this swing talk got started. Of the two of us, I was always the more sexually open and liberated half, and I have seemingly always been the one to suggest new things to my more shy and reserved wife. I will say, I’ve never suggested anything to try that is purely for my benefit, it has always been things I thought she would like, and I’m currently batting 1.000 on my suggestions, because I like to think I know her better than she knows herself at times. Neither of us had wild sex lives before marriage, but since starting to date and growing together the comfort and stability we had with each other really made us eager to try new things to keep the passion burning. Our basic ethos is that you can’t get stuck in a rut if you are always trying your best and doing new things. We have always found time and energy for each other, and always have wanted to do our absolute best by the other. Call it romantic gobbledygook if you want, but I see all of that as a big driving force behind all this, and the reason everything went so well. My wife has always been a very sexual person, when I get her into the mood and we are in the bedroom. However, out of the bedroom, and in normal life, she isn’t that sexual. I’ve always wanted her to feel as sexy as I see her every day, to show off a bit, and see how desired she can be by others. She doesn’t see herself as that, and I always thought she’d feel a bit more empowered if she did. So we started off by posting some pictures on Reddit here. When the upvotes, comments, and PM’s stared coming in, she started to get more excited, to see that I wasn’t the only one who found her sexy. Then we started posting pictures as a couple, which we both found thrilling. Our sex life got a huge boost, and soon instead of me asking to take some pictures for Reddit, she was the one jumping on me and handing me the camera. In this time too we had messaged a couple or two on KiK, traded some pics back and forth, but nothing ever really got off the ground, it was fun, but we just didn’t seem ready yet so I didn’t push it. And then about a month ago we started messaging a couple, and things really clicked well. They were our age, married two and a half years, and had never had any experience with others either. They were very similar to us, in terms of their general relationship dynamic, and I think it was comforting for all that none of us really had any idea what we were doing. The KiK messaging started out as a big group message conversation, pictures and sexy messages flying back and forth, as well as all kinds of

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