Oxytocin (known as the love hormone) is released during sex, which researchers say has been proven to strengthen social bonds in other mammals.
So even though you’re still learning how to communicate in the bedroom, you’ll likely be feeling more bonded by the end of month three.
Maybe you’re still in that phase when you just can’t keep your hands off each other. But at some point in a relationship, the highly charged sexual energy does start to fade.
According to a survey by online doctor service DrEd, “more than half of couples who have been together for longer than six months experienced a decrease in sex frequency.”
A lot of couples have sex in the early stages of a relationship as though it’s a resource that is running out. They take every opportunity to jump into bed.
Other things in life and the relationship may start to take priority too. You no longer feel inclined to stay up all night making love, when you’ve got an early start in the morning.
But the good news is that even if the passion does start to decrease, 3 months in your sex drive is unlikely to disappear completely.
Plus, a reduction in sex isn’t always a bad thing. It’s often reflective of your partnership progressing onto the next stage of bonding. One that focuses on an emotional as well as physical tie.
7) Feelings get stronger
As you begin to fall in love, your connection feels more cemented and emotions are heightened. Attachment is a vital part of any relationship making it past 3 months and beyond.
Attachment is the biggest factor in creating long-term relationships. It’s where you create a firm foundation based on friendship rather than just lust and attraction.
The attachment you start to feel tends to be spurred on by a rush of chemicals – which according to scientists is largely oxytocin and vasopressin. The main purpose of both being released by your body is to create bonding.
8) Freaking out over commitment
All of a sudden after a few months together it feels like you can’t avoid those bigger questions like “what is this?” and “where is it going?”. Whilst that can feel exciting, it can also feel like a lot of pressure.
It feels like this person suddenly has the potential to hurt you. Which can leave you feeling exposed and vulnerable.
Of course, these feelings should be more fleeting. If they linger too long, then you might start to wonder if you’re not ready for the commitment of the relationship.
9) You can relax
Some people love dating life. They enjoy those anxious butterflies and the excitement that comes with hearing from your crush.
Not hearing from your beau for a couple of days after your first date sends you into a paranoid panic over if they want to see you again.
You are on a heightened state of alert looking for any pitfalls, red flags, or problems that might pop up and burst your little love bubble.
A few months in is when you can start to exhale. You can stop worrying so much about everything that could go wrong.
You feel more confident about your partner’s feelings for you. You feel more secure in the relationship and safer in the knowledge it seems to be heading somewhere more serious.
10) You make it official
Sure, we like what we see, but we also want to make sure it’s a good fit before we make things more permanent.
Is dating for 3 months serious? For many people yes. Because after a few months of dating, you’re usually ready to make your inner circle username purchase – and that means making it official.