(Closed) I want to experience new things, but I don't want to hurt my SO

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@AnonymousBuzzer:  What your feeling is 100% natural, after a long relationship the mind wanders and you get curious. Sexually as well many people think about this (hence why so many people cheat) and their people who have had several sexual partners! So don’t feel like a terrible person because your having these thoughts/feelings. 

My advice would be don’t do it. 

1 – it’s never as good as you think it will be, your not missing out!

2 – afterwards you’ll only feel uncomfortable about what you did

3 – despite whether your other half says it’s ok, it’s not. He sounds loving and attentive, if he say’s yes it will just be because he want’s to make you happy, but it will kill him inside

4 – being intimate is never as good as with someone you can let go with, are comfortable with and can try new things with

If your sex life is good, regular, your experimenting and trying new things and you have a great and loving relationship I really would advice against it. I’ve thought about it several times (esecially occasionaly when my sex drive goes through the roof) but it passes and I thank god I didn’t do it! This is someone has has had a few sexual partners, and honestly the only ones any good have been with long term partners, the ‘one night’ or short term flings just made me feel a big icky afterwards to be honest and the thought of it was so much better than the actual doing!

Don;t beat yourself up about it xx


Post # 4
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t think you’re a bad person, but I do think you’d be a fool to risk losing your relationship with this “wonderful and attentive” man for the sake of meaningless sex with someone random. Is it really worth it???

Post # 5
3026 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

@FutureMrsMarlow:  +1 to all of this

Bottom line: you’re not really missing much.

Also, going outside the marriage for other partners, EVEN IF your Darling Husband was ok with it, isn’t really the same as the experience your Darling Husband had.  Actually, that experience isn’t a possibility for you anymore, b/c you ARE married. There’s nothing you can do about it.

What you DO have is better. 🙂 

Post # 6
483 posts
Helper bee

@AnonymousBuzzer:  I understand why you feel the way you do and where you are coming from, but trust me, you are not missing out. If anything, going out and having other experiences will only end up making you feel worse. If you truly are not happy in your relationship, then maybe you should think about getting out, but you do sound happy, and in the end, I think you would completely regret being with other people. There is nothing wrong with having these feelings, but try and put it all in persepctive. In the end, what do you want out of all this? Do you want to be with your SO? Then he is worth it, and you don’t need to experience other people. There is nothing satisfying about being with someone who doesn’t mean anything to you, I promise.

Post # 7
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@prahajess:  I think she wrote SO, not Darling Husband. So not sure that she’s married? Not being snarky just pointing it out : )

Post # 8
9116 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t think you’re wrong for feeling this way. It’s natural to be curious, but haven’t you heard that the grass is always greener on the other side? When you get to the other side, you realize that your grass definitely looked better than the turf you’re standing on.

I think it would be wrong to lose a relationship that by your own admittance is pretty awesome.

You know your SO better than any of us: Do you honestly think he would be okay, cool and on board with you saying, “I want to break up so I can have sex with other people, and then come back to you later.”? You said you can’t imagine a life without him, but wanting to sleep with other people just for the experience is a life without him.

If my husband had told me this at any time in our relationship, I would have left him and never come back. It isn’t going to be as good as you think, and sex with other people isn’t any different than what you’re getting now.

My advice is to acknowledge these feelings, come to terms with not fulfilling them and live your life with a wonderful significant other.

Post # 9
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Is he open to a threesome? Not to be crass or anything, but it would keep him involved and you could still have sex with another person.

Post # 10
7339 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Maybe you should go as a couple and visit a brothel in Nevada together. You can hire a third person together, gender of your choosing, to make a threesome, and not have to worry about STD’s or any weird emotional fallout.

FWIW I don’t think you’re a bad person for wanting to see and experience whatever else is out there. It’s only natural to be curious about your sexuality. Amd I don’t think your SO is being a bad guy for not being thrilled with your curiosity. It’s one of those times that you as a couple will have to come up with a creative solution. 

Post # 11
4370 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am a Bee who married her high-school sweetheart. Like you, Darling Husband was my first (and, thus, only). To be fair, Darling Husband has never been with anyone else either, so it’s a little different than your situation.

Nonetheless, I wondered briefly before we got engaged if I was missing out – I talked to a friend who had a lot more experience in that area than I did. Here’s what she told me:

Sex is fun, but there’s a real difference you can feel when you love the person. You may not have a lot of experience, but you love Mr. Bear and so you are having better sex than you will find with anyone else. 


Is that true? I have no idea, but I believed her then – and still do. There may be someone more skilled or more adventurous that I would enjoy sex with – but I wouldn’t have the emotional connection and passion that I have for Darling Husband. I wouldn’t sacrifice what I have with Darling Husband for a little fun.

Post # 12
634 posts
Busy bee

Sex with someone who knows your body is frankly better than sex with someone who is learning your body. I’m part of the grass is always greener camp. It may seem to you like there’s a whole world of mystery and experience… But enh. 

Cherish and guard what you have.

Post # 13
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@AnonymousBuzzer: One thing to also consider is that if you did do this, then you might have a BAD experience. Nothing to say that trying something different, with someone else might lead to some real emotional damage to you. It’s not like the movies where it’s all amazing, passionate and heaps of fun. You may be in an uncomfortable situation, it may hurt, he may (as I experienced once) be rougher than your used to or wanted and could freak you out a little. It may also only last 5 mins in which case you’ve potentially ruined something for a 5 min, no thrills fling! 


Post # 14
1459 posts
Bumble bee

As someone whose dated a fair number of people before I finally settled down with Fiance, I agree with the other PPs in that if you’re happy with your sex life with your SO than sex with strangers/random people isn’t all that great.  The time it can feel great is if you already have some sort of connection with the guy, and if the attraction is there, than the chemical high and lust can feel good when you finally have sex.  BUT unless you’re in a committed emotionally secure relationship where you KNOW the guy will never leave you, the after effects of sex can suck really bad.  When you have sex with a man, you feel more vulnerable and emotionally connected to him in a way that only happens through sex.  And if it was just about the sex for the guy than anything else, you will most likely feel really empty and even more lonely after sex.

The thing is, it’s a big fat lie to believe that ONLY having sex with one person for the rest of your life is limiting and something you’ll regret.  My parents were each other’s first and even though my mom is a widow now, she can’t imagine sleeping with another man b/c my parents were so in love with each other.  I have a few friends who were virgins when they got married, and some of them  are happier with their sex lives than some of my friends who slept around before they got married.  

All I can tell you is, the real truth, sex is great and phenomenal when you share with it someone you love and trust with your whole heart and your partner feels the same way about you.  In the context of such a secure and loving relationship, your body will open up in ways that it normally doesn’t and sex feels amazing.  But when you have sex with someone you don’t share that kind of love and trust, the act of sex can still feel good but without that emotional bond and security it can leave you feeling empty, lonely, unfulfilled, used, and sad afterwards — esp if the guy isn’t there to bond with you and take care of you afterwards (and most guys who aren’t in love with you, won’t stick around long after sex).

Post # 15
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@AnonymousBuzzer:  Honestly, it’s not worth it…. I think sometimes things are definitely better left to imagination. 

Post # 16
1797 posts
Buzzing bee

Honestly, you really aren’t missing out on much. If you have a healthy sex life, and are satisfied with the sex that you have with your SO there is nothing to say that anything would be any different or better with someone else. Just be happy that you lucked out on your first try, and didn’t have to go through a bunch of sexual partners until you found the one you want to be with for good. A lot of people end up regretting having sex with the people that they don’t end up staying with especially if it was just to gain more experience. 

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