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10 Friends With Benefits Rules For A No-Drama Relationship

Mymuse Team - May 31, 2024

If you're diving into the wild, wonderful world of no-strings-attached fun, here are 10 golden rules for a friends with benefits arrangement that is all thrill and no spill.

If you have had fun for more than one night, dated other people, and are booty call masters, then congratulations! You are in a friends with benefits relationship. Friends with benefits (FWB) is that sweet spot between being just friends and fully committed in a relationship. You get all the sexy benefits of being with someone, without having to be tied to them. If you're diving into the wild, wonderful world of no-strings-attached fun, here are 10 golden rules for a friends with benefits arrangement that is all thrill and no spill.

Define the Benefits

Before you go from Netflix to chill, have "the talk." No, not that talk—this is the one where you outline what’s on the table. Are we talking regular movie nights with a side of snuggles, or is this strictly a bedroom-only arrangement where you use the best body massagers in India? Clarity is key, so everyone knows the score. It might feel awkward at first, but trust us, it's way better than a mid-movie misunderstanding.

Have Real Expectations

Sorry to break it to you, but life isn’t a Hollywood movie. Your FWB isn't going to magically turn into a full-blown romance with a happy-ever-after ending. Setting realistic expectations upfront can save a lot of heartache. This is about having fun, not rewriting a rom-com script. Manage your expectations and enjoy the ride for what it is, not what you secretly hope it will become.

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Set Up Some Boundaries

The next friends with benefits rule is having strong boundaries. Are sleepovers a yes or a no? What about dates or hanging out with other friends? Can you get into sexy stuff 5 times a week with the best lubricant gel & oils? Establishing these rules early on keeps everyone comfortable and the lines crystal clear.

Keep Emotions in Check

FWB should feel like a summer fling, not a rom-com with plot twists. If you start catching feelings, it might be time for a re-evaluation. Remember, this is about fun, not finding your soulmate (unless, plot twist, it happens naturally—but that’s another article). Be honest with yourself about your feelings to prevent any unnecessary drama.

Communicate Well

Feeling a little too attached? Speak up. Not feeling it anymore? Say so. A little honest chat can keep misunderstandings at bay and the fun times rolling. Communication is the foundation of any good relationship, even a casual one. This is the most important friends with benefits rule.

A woman saying we need to talk

Be Discreet

What happens in the FWB zone stays in the FWB zone. There’s no need to broadcast your arrangement to the world. Keeping things on the down-low helps maintain the casual vibe and spares you from the nosy questions. Plus, it adds a bit of mystery to your life—who doesn’t love a little secret fun?

No Jealousy Allowed

Jealousy is the kryptonite of FWB. Remember, this isn’t an exclusive arrangement. If your buddy wants to date someone else or has other FWBs, that’s their prerogative.

Respect Each Other’s Time

Your FWB isn’t your on-call lover. Respect their time and don’t expect them to drop everything at a moment’s notice. Planning and courtesy go a long way in maintaining a healthy FWB dynamic. Just because it’s casual doesn’t mean it’s casual for their schedule. Be mindful and respectful of their life outside of your fun times.

Stay Safe, Kids

Just because it’s casual doesn’t mean safety should take a backseat. Always use protection, lubes like Slick oil-based lubricant, get tested regularly, and always respect each other’s comfort levels. Health and consent are non-negotiable! The only surprises in FWB should be spontaneous fun, not an unexpected trip to the doctor.

A fake doctor

Happy Ending

Now that you know all the golden friends with benefits rules, here’s the last one. All good things must come to an end, and that includes FWB relationships. If one of you starts dating someone else, or if it just stops being fun, it’s time to say ‘Peace Out’.It’s important to learn how to move on after a breakup in such a case. Ending things on good terms is the goal. Remember, it's better to part ways with fond memories than to drag it out until it gets messy. Know when to call it quits and move on with no hard feelings.

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