How to Have Amazing Sex with a Brand New Partner

September 30,2021

Awkward, fun, nerve-wracking, and exciting: all words that our community used to describe first-time sex with a new partner. There can be a lot of high expectations and common misconceptions about first times, so today we’re going to be helping you navigate the waters of getting it on with someone new.

Even if you’re in a long term relationship, there are tips on communicating with your partner about sex. And of course, we had to share the embarrassing details about our first time!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

Here’s a glance at this episode

[00:48] We talk all about our first time together — and we get real

[7:00] Is Xander a grower or a shower?

[10:42] Our Instagram community weighs in on what it was like the last time they have sex with someone new and Vanessa talks about the WORST sex she’s ever had

[14:58] We start our tips for having fantastic first-time sex with someone new

[17:57] The importance of protection, testing, and consent (and how to talk about it)

[26:43] What we think about the “3rd date rule”

[31:09] Hey wait a second, I forgot my granny panties!

[33:41] Drinking and first-time sex (one of our most important tips)

[34:32] How to normalize talking about sex from the beginning of a new relationship

[37:56] The Poster Children of ‘not great’ first-time sex

[44:53] Listener question: “I’m dating again after ending a 10 year relationship. I have a sense of grief around not having that familiarity with my partner’s body, likes, and dislikes. How do I get over that?”

[46:43] Listener question: “How to say no respectfully and set boundaries”

[50:18] Listener question: “I have no idea what’s in style for pubic hair, and I’m really anxious about this for some reason”

[52:10] Listener question: “For Xander – do guys want us women to tell them what we need to get off?”

Links & resources

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I'm Vanessa Marin, a sex therapist and writer specializing in helping you have more fun in the bedroom.

I have bachelor’s degrees in human sexuality and sociology from Brown University, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I’m also a licensed psychotherapist. I’ve been working in the sex therapy field since 2002 and have been featured by The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and many more.

If you’re interested in improving your sex life, you can work with me via my online courses or personal coaching sessions. I look forward to supporting you in creating the sex life you’ve always wanted!