There are many benefits to saving sex for marriage, especially in this day and age when sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. Couples who wait until they are married to consummate their love do not have to worry about disease (there are now over 40 different STIs, some incurable) or unwed pregnancy. They don’t have to worry about side effects from various contraceptive devices or chemicals.
Physical repercussions aside, waiting until marriage to have sex increases the likelihood that a couple will have better communication and experience a more stable marriage. The following is an excellent article on the emotional benefits of saving sex for marriage.
“Couples who reserve sex for marriage enjoy greater stability and communication in their relationships, say researchers at Brigham Young University…Sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin, who was not involved in the study, responded to its findings, saying that “couples who hit the honeymoon too early – that is, prioritize sex promptly at the outset of a relationship – often find their relationships underdeveloped when it comes to the qualities that make relationships stable and spouses reliable and trustworthy.” Regnerus is the author of Premarital Sex in America, a book forthcoming from Oxford University Press.”