Lisa (a pseudonym), 34, has been with her husband for half of her life, and says being polyamorous has strengthened her marriage.
Their relationship has been almost entirely open, albeit with differing rules and structures as they've figured out the type of setup that works for them. One day we were filling out a sexuality survey in a magazine and one of the questions was "How do you feel about monogamy?
"To anyone thinking of trying polyamory, I'd say first of all, do a Google search and look for poly events in your area.
If you're already in a relationship you will, of course, have to enter into a careful dialogue with your partner about whether or not this is a path you're both happy following.
“Unlike other dating websites, it’s my commitment to operate our business ethically.
This means caring about your privacy, encrypting identifiable data, and never employing fake profiles or software bots.” New studies have found that one in five Americans have participated in an open sexual relationship.
Obviously, I'm very important to him." Jealousy is still an issue for Gloria, but she's learned to deal with it.
"Some people say there's no place for jealousy in poly relationships and if you get jealous you're not really poly, but that's absolutely not true," she says. It's so different in my present relationships thought.
"Several years ago I was dating this fella who was also dating someone else, and I was jealous so I just told him. I didn't put him down, I never at any point told him he couldn't see the other woman. I find that after I talk about it the jealousy seems to go away!
" Gloria first discovered the existence of polyamory through a friend.
Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti is one of those people and she agreed to tell Cosmo her story...
"I have a boyfriend, who I've been with for nine years, and another male partner I've been seeing for a few years now who I describe as my 'more than a play partner'," she explains. They're great friends with each other, too - I've even fooled around with them both at the same time before. "It sounds as if there is a hierarchy of relationships in this situation, though?
Have you ever wondered if an open relationship is for you?