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Straight couples who live together before marriage have less sex – INSIDER

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More couples are choosing to test the waters before saying “I do” than ever before, foregoing some of the marriage traditions of the past, like waiting until after the wedding to move in together.
While some relationship experts applaud the trend as a healthy step before marriage it actually may not be great for your sex life. 
A recent study published in The Journal of Sex Research found that straight couples who lived together before getting married reported having less sex in the first year of marriage and lower rates of sexual satisfaction overall than those who did not.
Researchers also found that if a couple managed to stay married to the 4-year mark, these issues typically went away. 
The study, which consisted of 113 straight couples, tracked rates of sexual satisfaction over the first four years of marriage and looked at factors that could impact a couple’s sex life, like living together and having children before marriage. 
On average the couples were in their late 20s and came from a mix of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
In addition to finding that couples who lived together pre-wedding reported having sex less often and of lower quality, the data also found that dating for a longer period of time, typically a year or more, was linked with less (and worse) sex in the first year of marriage. 
Having children before marriage, however, didn’t have a significant negative impact on a couple’s sex life in their first year of marriage. 
The news isn’t all bad for people who live together before marriage.
The difference in sex frequency between people who date for longer or shorter amounts of time disappears after four years of marriage. And for couples who had kids before getting hitched, year four of marriage marked the time when they started having sex more often than those who didn’t kids pre-marriage.
According to the study authors, further research needs to be conducted to better understand how a couple’s sexual relationship changes in the first few years of marriage, and how these changes might lead to couples separating or getting divorced.
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