Over the past few years, polyamory has gone from an obscure practice to a vocal subculture. People who hadn't even heard of it a decade ago are now asking themselves, "Should I open my relationship?" Answering that one question, though, requires asking yourself many more questions.
A YouGov poll last year found that 17 percent of Americans ages 18-29 had been sexually intimate with someone else with their partner's consent. Only 56 percent of people in this age group said they definitely wouldn't be OK with their partner having sex with someone else. That means a lot of people are curious about consensual non-monogamy, or at least open to it.
Consensual non-monogamy takes many forms, including polyamory — which generally means you're in a relationship with multiple people, rather than just having sex with them — and triads, or relationships between three people. An open relationship is any kind that involves consensual non-monogamy.
All right, still with me? The same way monogamy isn't for everyone, non-monogamy isn't either. It comes with its own set of challenges, like dealing with jealousy and negotiating expectations. If you're thinking of opening your relationship, here are some questions that'll help you figure out if it's for you and prepare you to engage in it successfully if it is.