Robin Rinaldi was married to her husband Scott Mansfield for 17 years when she began another journey of self-discovery. With her husband unwilling to give her a child, she decided that she could at least do that one other thing in her life. In her book, The Wild Oats Project, she wrote “I refuse to go to my grave with no children and only four lovers... If I can't have one, I must have the other.”

She and her husband decided to try having an open marriage for one year. From Monday to Friday, she rented an apartment where she entertained the suitors who responded to her online ad. “It wasn't as strange as you might imagine. I liked it. It was the perfect balance, living on my own during the week and then returning home,” she wrote. “We had sex as always and the open marriage spiced things up—at least at first.”

Rinaldi had a total of 12 encounters: two with women, one was a threesome.

After an eye-opening year, moving back home full-time and making the marriage work proved to be a struggle. They realized that they had both changed. Her husband had been seeing a younger woman for six months and she had fallen in love with someone else. In the end, there was no other viable solution but to break up.

Would Rinaldi recommend the experiment to other couples? “Not if they want to stay married,” she tells Redbook. However, she doesn’t seem to have any regrets either. “All I can say is life is a process and I'm a larger, more complete, more fulfilled woman now.”

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