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Once you’ve established that you’re in a monogamous relationship with somebody, you and your partner may decide you want to remove condoms from the equation. You both know you aren’t sleeping with anybody else, you don’t plan on sleeping with anybody else, and paying for condoms is becoming expensive (not to mention remembering to buy them is annoying). But removing condoms from your relationship is a big decision. When you stop using condoms, you’re putting a lot of trust in your partner, and your partner is putting a lot of trust in you. You’re also opening yourself up to a far less inhibited sex life—gone will be the days when you can’t do it, because somebody forgot to pack the condoms. There are things to think about before taking this next step. Here’s what you should do before removing condoms from your relationship.

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First, have a discussion about it

Too many couples decide in the heat of the moment, right in the middle of foreplay when nobody is thinking straight, that they don’t want to use condoms anymore. But this is a big decision and one you and your partner should make with your clothes on. Don’t just stop using condoms without discussing it, even if you have been together for a long time.

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