Home > Sex > Sex tips Updated 11 March 2014 One-night stands: the dos and don’ts Drive-through meal, hit and run, one hit wonder, single serving, overnight rental... 2 Shutterstock Check Are you a sex addict? » Ask Sexologist » Join Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for sex? » SEE: What happens to your body during sex? How porn addiction can affect your sex life Drive-through meal, hit and run, one hit wonder, single serving, overnight rental...These are just some of the names given to one-night stands. Yet, call them what you like, one-night stands do have their benefits – especially for all the single people out there who are not desperate for sexual activity with emotional commitment or future involvement.One-night stands are not always planned and can happen for a number of different reasons. This usually depends on the situation and can vary from person to person. The activity may include:Young adults exploring their sexualityA married person who wants a fling without disturbing their marital blissSingle people wanting sex but commitment or relationshipCurious teens engaging in sexual activity as part of making outBut, make no mistake; there are rules to navigating a successful one-night stand. Do:Choose someone hot (you don’t want to chew your arm off to escape in the morning)Go to her place (it will be neater than yours)Exchange numbers and alert a friend (there are psychos out there)Cover it up (think of all the other encounters they’ve had)Try every position (you won’t be able to when you eventually marry)Make lots of noise (give the neighbours something to talk about)Make an excuse to leave afterward (remember the no commitment rule)Not feel cheap (sex is your birth-right)Don’t:Do it if you’re married (that’s called cheating)Go for the person with the Jeffrey Dahmer Rocks tattoo (not the single serving you want)Forget to alert a friend (safety above all else)Go to his place (especially if he mentions his four room-mates)Just lay there (you can do that when you’re married)Expect an orgasm (it takes time for someone to know which buttons to press)Try to spoon in the morning (please see no commitment rule)Forget to have an exit excuse (the more absurd, the better)REMEMBER: You’re single, not a stone. If we were meant to be celibate, we’d have the same genitalia as Ken and Barbie (none). So, get your single groove on but don’t be an ass about it. Just because it’s a one-night stand does not mean you have the right to treat the other as less of a person.(Picture: sensual couple from Shutterstock) Hayden Horner More in Sex SEE: What happens to your body during sex? More: SexSex tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 2 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.