Ways to Remain Friends with Benefits

Choose wisely

You may already have an idea of which of your gal pals could be game to be friends with benefits. But this isn’t entirely no-strings sex: The string is your friendship. Even if she agrees to the terms, she may hope that you’ll eventually want a relationship with her.

 Know the deal

A match.com study showed that FWB relationships have been on an upward trend over the past few years. But while these types of relationships are common, they usually don’t last.

 Set guidelines and stick to them

You both need to be honest about how you’re feeling to avoid miscommunication. Communication is key, even when you feel awkward.

 Keep sex separate

Don’t let sex ruin your relationship outside of the bedroom. This may mean not always going home together, or being comfortable discussing each other’s dating life. I’ve had a longtime FWB from my hometown and it works because we limit our hookups. If we’re with mutual friends and one of us is tired, we’ll never ask the other to stay or meet later.

 Play it cool

If you’re both part of the same friend group, know how to respond if someone calls out you and your partner in crime. Will you be honest? Will you lie? Either way, be in sync.