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Important Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Getting Into Bed

One thing leads to another, and there are a few bases you'll want to cover before taking it to the next level.

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Let's be honest: Life is a whole lot more complicated these days. That goes for our sex lives as well. Long gone are the days when the most prevalent question asked before a tryst between consenting adults was "Will you respect me in the morning?" Ah, if only things were so simple.

Today, sex is as popular as ever, ranging from long-standing relationships to one-night flings. But "carnal knowledge" still comes with a whole host of personal and physical issues, many of them posing considerable health risks. From "open marriages" to "friends with benefits" to myriad sexually transmitted diseases, coupling -- or at least the circumstances surrounding the act -- has become infinitely more problematic.

So, while asking personal, and even intimate questions, may not be ideal for the romantic mood, it's the responsible thing to do. And responsibility comes with the territory of being an adult. If you're not conscientious, the consequences can be prickly at best, and severe -- even potentially life-threatening -- at worst.

First of all, are you really single?

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