Lavalife's search options include checking to see who is online locally, a list of the newest profiles generally or in your area, and limiting results to profiles matching any of the demographic or relationship type requirements.
There are also a wider number of ways to contact users, including chat/instant messaging, email, smiles, sharing of private photo galleries and video greetings.
"Call Me" lets any paying member actually call any other paying members' home phone number, with a confidentiality guarantee.
Lavalife members can even choose different profiles, pictures and handles in each of the sections, guaranteeing anonymity if required.
Smiles can be sent for free, and replying to a paying users message, chat request or voice message is also free - although initiating contact does require a paid membership.
Members can choose to pay in either Canadian or American funds by credit card, money order or Pay Pal.
Lavalife used a credit system for many years, but they changed to a monthly billing cycle sometime in the mid-2000s. Depending on which section(s) the user signs up for will determine what questions need to be answered for a profile to be available to other Lavalife members.The sign-up process is quick (less than fifteen minutes if you already have a profile written), and many of the questions are related to basic demographics or in multiple-choice format.For members who want only some people to see their pictures, you can upload up to ten different photos in the ' Backstage' area, and give individual members access in each area.So if you have five adult photos in the Intimate Encounters section you can share all five with someone, but it won't automatically share your three Backstage photos in the Relationship area with the same person - you'll have to give them separate access.Lavalife also hosts a ' Party' five times a day.