Abstaining from sex 'can make relationships stronger'

Research suggests that waiting until marriage to have sex with a partner can make a relationship more stable, news which may be of interest to those buying condoms online.

The results of the study feature in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Family Psychology and show that delaying physical intimacy could have its benefits.

Of the 2,035 married individuals who took part, it was found that couples who abstained were 20 per cent more likely to be satisfied in their relationship.

Meanwhile, the sexual side of their union was rated 15 per cent higher than that of their peers.

Lead study author Dean Busby, a professor at Brigham Young University's School of Family Life, suggested that the findings are due to these people having learnt to talk and work through any issues that arise.

"There's more to a relationship than sex, but we did find that those who waited longer were happier with the sexual aspect of their relationship," he commented.

Brigham Young University is located in Provo in Utah.