Monogamy isn't for everyone. Whether you have a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that one person alone can't satisfy you sexually or know for certain that multiple partners are a must, it can be tricky to figure out how have a successful open relationship.
More and more millennials are coming out as non-monogamous these days, so there's a greater need for real talk about navigating the shift from one-on-one to happy, healthy, and seeing other people. A successful non-monogamous relationship, like a monogamous one, looks different for every individual, but there are basic ground rules that are sure to give you a fighting chance when you embark down this complex, rewarding, (and stigma-riddled) road.
As someone who has been in non-monogamous relationships for the past decade, I can say for certain that there's no right way to follow said ground rules, but it can't hurt to hunker down with your partner(s) and try them out to the best of your abilities. It's also important to note that consensual non-monogamy (CNM) is not necessarily polyamory — but does share some structural similarities — and that open relationships generally tend to be defined as a relationship that allows for varying levels of sexual and/or romantic interaction outside the relationship.
For curious newcomers and seasoned pros alike, the following are five tips on how to have a successful open relationship: