Premarital sex could be detrimental to long term relationships, according to a new study, which cautions that sex early on in a relationship can stunt the growth of important developments.
Researchers at Cornell University have stated that abstaining from sex at the beginning of a courtship could lead to a healthier relationship. The research also suggested that having sex early on could stunt the growth of key factors from developing within a healthy relationship including "caring and understanding."
"Precocious premarital sexual activities may have lasting effects on relationship quality," researchers said. "Courtship is a time for exploration and decision-making about the relationship, when partners assess compatibility, make commitments and build on emotional and physical intimacy."
The study, printed in the Journal of Marriage and Family, interviewed and analyzed data from 600 couples. The results revealed that women who put having sex off for over six months were more satisfied with their relationships than those women who waited less time.
"Women who deferred sexual involvement for over six months reported significantly higher levels of relationship satisfaction, commitment, intimacy and emotional support, as well as sexual satisfaction with their partner, than did those who became sexually involved within the first month," the study stated.