Soulful Sex

The Surprising Benefits of a Sex Fast

What's it like for a cohabiting couple headed for marriage to abruptly stop having sex until after the wedding? "Easy," says Mariah, age 23, who has lived with Jerry for a year and a half. "Hard. Really, really hard," says Kate, who abruptly stopped having sex with her fiancé Nick.


Mariah and Jerry are two months into their sexual fast. She has no idea why she wanted to stop, except that she didn't feel like sex was a necessity in their relationship. She was nervous about how Jerry would react and had braced herself for a shouting match before bringing it up. But he surprised her by saying he'd been feeling the same...


has a BS in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer with IBM until she hopped off the career track to be a full-time mom. She lives in Indianapolis, IN, and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #35, Winter 2015 Copyright © 2021 Salvo |


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