HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For many of those who identify as single, the winter months may come with the sudden desire for intimacy and the unspoken pressure to find someone to “cuff.” According to Mary Jo Rapini, licensed sex & intimacy psychotherapist, the phenomenon of “cuffing season” can take a toll on both your emotional and physical health. Before blindly entering a new fling, Mary Jo offers her tips to make sure you stay safe and happy this season.
“The time change and chilly weather may make it feel urgent to find a partner to cozy up under the blanket with. But however fun and comforting it may be, there are certain clues that hint your cuffing status won't transition beyond the winter months,” says Rapini. “One is an immediate intense social and emotional connection. Be wary of anyone who wants to go from 0 to 60 in a day--getting that close that fast could result in emotional burnout.”
Another exciting aspect of cuffing season is getting to be physically intimate with your new love interest. “Exploring each other’s bodies while fostering an emotional connection can lead to deeper intimacy and more pleasure, but prematurely jumping into bed can lead to issues,” remarks Rapini. “Have a conversation with your partner about sexual history and communicate what you like in the bedroom for a healthy sexual experience.”
Rapini also reminds us that introducing a new partner to your routine can also throw off your vaginal health. Some women may experience vaginal dryness during intimacy if they haven’t engaged in intimacy in a while. To ensure comfort and ease during intimacy, she recommends using a personal lubricant, such as Replens Silky Smooth that is silicone-based and long-lasting. Having sex with a new partner can also throw off your vaginal pH. For women that feel ‘off’ the morning after, try a pH-balancing product like RepHresh.
“However you wish to spend your cuffing season, one thing’s for certain: there are ways to have fun and be safe during these winter months. Just make sure to set a timer for your cookies while things heat up in the next room,” adds Rapini.