Delaying sex makes for a more satisfying and stable relationship later on, new research finds.Couples who had sex the earliest — such as after the first date or within the first month of dating — had the worst relationship outcomes. The study was supported by research grants from the School of Family Life and the Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church.
Particularly for couples with children or stressful jobs, sometimes the idea of having sex is too much to bear, but having sex can have positive effects on your life. Sex releases endorphins that make you feel good and increase the feeling of closeness with your partner. But while sex intellectually makes sense, when you’re really tired it’s hard to follow through, she said.
For instance, a 2004 study of nearly 300 college students in dating relationships showed that when couples were highly committed, sex was more likely to be seen as a positive turning point in the relationship, increasing understanding, commitment, trust and a sense of security.
However, when commitment and emotional expressions were low, the initiation of sex was significantly more likely seen as a negative event, evoking regret, uncertainty, discomfort, and prompting apologies.
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