How Long Into a Relationship Is It Appropriate to Say "I Love You"?

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You feel drawn to your partner and you've spent a lot of time together. She is special to you and there's nothing you wouldn't do for her, yet you're not sure if it's the right time to say, "I love you." Begin with a discussion about how you feel about each other, suggests Dr. Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist, in the article, "The Right Time to Say the "L" Word: Love."

1 Bite Your Tongue

There are times you should avoid those three words. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel sexually charged, emotionally overwhelmed or intoxicated, it is best to avoid saying, "I love you," according to the Cosmopolitan.

2 Timing is Everything

According to Saltz, give your relationship at least a few months before asking questions such as, "Do you see us having a future together?" Based on the reactions you receive, you will have a better handle on whether the two of you feel the same. If you decide to say, "I love you," wait until you are face-to-face. Texting, e-mailing and saying it over the phone won't allow your partner to see the sincerity in your eyes.

Karen Kleinschmidt has been writing since 2007. Her short stories and articles have appeared in "Grandma's Choice," "Treasure Box" and "Simple Joy." She has worked with children with ADHD, sensory issues and behavioral problems, as well as adults with chronic mental illness. Kleinschmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Montclair State University.

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