Or maybe you’re just a serial dater; you’re in it for the rush, that new relationship energy, the passion and the thrill of sexual novelty.

Or maybe you’ve decided that you’d rather have a few people you see on a semi-regular basis instead of just one monogamous partner.

Whatever the reason, many people are more interested in a casual relationship than they are in something committed or long-term.

Just because there are no strings attached doesn’t mean that it’s a free-for-all.

It’s easy for lines to get blurred and feelings to be hurt.

If you want a successful casual hook-up, then you want to understand how to keep things straight forward and appealing to everybody involved.

So, we now know casual sex can actually make you feel good if you view it positively.

If hearing that news is like your birthday and Christmas rolled into one, read on for tips from Dr. "Stick to talking about things you both like to do, mutual tastes, etc.

Jane Greer, New York-based marriage and sex therapist and author of about how to have safe, responsible, fun casual sex.1. If you know you're open to having casual sex, you should always be prepared. "That way you won't feel rejected by him when in fact it was all about the sexual fun," says Dr. And if you think feelings are sneaking up on you with a casual FWB, be honest. "Be open from the start to ensure that both of you are okay with being together sexually without any emotional connection," Dr. Do you feel like you can't be honest about what you want? This kind of conversation eliminates the risk of becoming intimately connected by sharing personal material." So basically, save any conversation about family issues or your exes for deeper relationships.5. In our tech-obsessed age, it's easy to keep up a constant conversation with the object of your casual affection. "Don't create the habit of texting or emailing a lot because, without realizing it, this communication can create an emotional bond.

"You need to protect yourself physically from an STI or unwanted pregnancy," Dr. Research your options online, or make an appointment with your gynecologist to make sure you're got all your bases covered.2. Don't try to stifle them and continue having casual sex with him. That's a sign you may want to rethink doing it.4. Make the only contact be about making plans to be together, but not an ongoing conversation," Dr. "If you're going to text, keep the texts limited to sexual material to rev up their desire to be together," she says.

Take that as your permission to sext, and go for it!

Sometimes what you want is something a bit more low key, a more casual relationship instead of something long-term.

Maybe you’ve just gotten out of a relationship and the last thing you want is to jump on particular horse again.

Or maybe you’ve been a devoted reader of this site and now that you’re having some success, you’re feeling like a kid in the candy store and want to explore your options for a while.