Keeping it Real

Is Sex Early in a Relationship Bad?

If you’re looking for long-term… waiting might be the answer.

Couples who have sex early in a relationship may not experience the same satisfaction as those who delay sexual gratification. Sex is only one part of a meaningful relationship, but more young couples these days are exploring their sexual compatibility before developing a deeper emotional bond with their partners – and this may decrease their satisfaction as a couple later.

Why Waiting to Have Sex May Be Better

According to a new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, couples who have sex early in a relationship have less satisfaction later on – both emotionally and sexually.

By looking at data on over 2,000 married couples who took part in an online research project, they discovered that couples who had sex early in a relationship were less likely to be satisfied in their relationship and were more likely to have communication problems with their partner. They were also less likely to have a stable relationship than those who delayed sex until a deeper emotional bond was established. Even the quality of their sex lives was negatively affected by having sex early in the relationship.