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Sex with Multiple Partners

Whether we have several partners all at once or one after the other, the emotional and physical risks increase the more people we have sex with.

If you're having group sex, or thinking about it, it's important to look after your emotional and physical health. Make sure that the sex you are having is the sex you want to have. Never have sex because it's what someone else expects of you.

If you are in a relationship and you are considering sex with a third person or group sex, before meeting anyone make sure you talk with your partner about:

  • your emotions and feelings and expectations
  • what you think this will add to your relationship
  • how you will look protect yourselves from sexually transmitted infections or unwanted pregnancy
  • the kind of sex you want to have and what is off limits
  • how you will communicate with each other if you want to stop at any point
  • how and when you will talk about your experience and feelings afterwards
  • Be aware that the risk of sexually transmitted infections is higher when people have sex in groups

The chances are that someone in the group may forget to practise safer sex or that a condom or other barrier protection will fail - especially if alcohol and drugs are involved. Read Sexual Health Scotland - alcohol and drugs for more information.