Spontaneous vs. Scheduled Sex

November 17, 2018

Spontaneous sex is viewed as the gold standard in love-making. We see this all the time in movies where couples come together with equal passions at exactly the same time, move onto equal unbelievable pleasure, and which end with cuddling sighs, cigarettes, talk of giving it all up and running away to Paris.

The reality is that the logistics are usually more difficult to navigate, the end-result less balanced and blissful. The frisky partner at 11:00 is met with the snoring partner who went to bed at 9 because he has to get up at 5 am. Or the mutual desire is there, but the kids haven’t still settled down and can be heard roaming somewhere in the house, keeping both partners on alert. Or early morning seems to be a good time, but someone oversleeps, there’s the train to catch to work, it’s a rush. This doesn’t mean that things don’t ever happen. The snoring partner can be enticed to wake up and can get into it, albeit knowing there’s may be a price to pay in the morning; the kids eventually do settle down and adult entertainment does commence; the morning turns out to be a bit of a one-sided, or okay, quickie.

These moments are not bad — you feel connected, the oxytocin gets kicked up for a while — but is it like the movies, or those real-life-top-ten memorial nights? Nah. You hit a 5 / 6 on the 10-point scale. Good enough.

And then there’s scheduled sex. For some people the word scheduled and sex should never go together in the same sentence; sex, in their minds, isn’t really sex unless it is spontaneous. But wait, there are some advantages for getting out your calendars:

Logistics are easier

You can pencil in your sex-date when the kids are off the grandma’s or have that sleep-over on December 17. And you can split the difference between 9 pm and 11 pm partners, and not have to worry about catching that train.

There’s more time

While the quickies can be fun and even exciting, now you can make this an event. There’s time to try something new, there’s time for extended foreplay, time for pulling out the cigarettes and talking about Paris.

It can be a jump-start after a drought

For couples who had not had sex for a long time, for whatever reason, the starting up again can create high expectations and performance pressure, and / or an awkwardness that comes from the simple long stretch of minimal physical contact. Anticipating these emotional reactions can cause some couples to put off having sex even longer, quickly creating a downward spiral.

Scheduling a sex-date can help in two ways: It’s a clear mutual agreement and commitment to break the drought, giving willpower an edge over anxiety, and rather than getting emotionally caught up in the anxiety of the moment, it gives each partner time to mentally prepare, further ensuring success.

It provides time for physical preparation

Here we’re talking about having time for personal hygiene, making the event more enjoyable, but about folks who medically need to prepare — the guy who needs to take Viagra, the woman who needs to use a vaginal cream a couple of days in advance. The planning keeps these issues from becoming an obstacle.

Okay, so you want to give this scheduling business a try. Here are some suggestions for success:

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