The Bachelor: How Important Is Sex in a Relationship? – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

During The Bachelor Season 24, Episode 9, we saw Madison Prewett reveal her stance on sex before marriage. She told Peter Weber she has decided to abstain from sex before marriage and she would have a difficult time continuing the process if Weber has sex with the two remaining contestants (Hannah Ann Sluss and Victoria Fuller).

Prewett’s big reveal has us wondering about sex and
relationships. How important is sex in a relationship? We reached out to the
experts to get their take on the issue. Here’s what they had to say.

Intimacy is just as important as sex

The Bachelor star Peter Weber | Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty ImagesThe Bachelor star Peter Weber | Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images
The Bachelor star Peter Weber | Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images

The experts agree that it’s important to build intimacy. Sex
alone isn’t enough to sustain a deep connection with your partner. Adina
Mahalli, a certified relationship consultant and sexual health expert for Maple Holistics told Showbiz Cheat
Sheet that sex isn’t as important as creating intimacy. “Sex is not vital in a
relationship. However, intimacy is very important,” Mahalli told us. “There are
many ways to be intimate and people’s need for intimacy varies depending on the
individual. Finding someone whose need for intimacy matches well with yours is
important when finding a partner. People often confuse this with being sexually
compatible with someone, but this is a misconception.”

Sex encourages bonding in a relationship

Another point our experts made is that sex can help a couple
bond. Conflicts about sex can also make or break a relationship. “Sex is very
important in a relationship,” Ingrid Sthare, relationship
coach and founder of Relationship Coaching & Coupling, told Showbiz Cheat
Sheet. “It’s so important, it’s one of the top two reasons for divorce. The
other is money. Sex is another form of communication and is good for you too!
It’s healthy and helps bonding in your relationship.”

Sex helps nurture a relationship

Madison Prewett and Peter Weber | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty ImagesMadison Prewett and Peter Weber | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images
Madison Prewett and Peter Weber | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

Dating expert and Datingscout.com founder Chris Pleines, says sex is a great way to nurture a relationship. Although you can still nurture a relationship without sex, it can help move the process along. “Sex plays a crucial part in a relationship, especially for married couples,” says Pleines. “It’s beneficial not only for its physical or hedonistic benefits, but also it fosters and nurtures positive affect for the couple and it also creates a strong bond between them. In the long run, this means that both partners will have high satisfaction in their relationship.”

Madison Prewett waited almost two months to tell Peter Weber about her stance on sex before marriage

Some of our experts think Prewett should have spoken up sooner
(it took her almost two months), while others think The Bachelor
contestant isn’t obligated to talk about her beliefs before she’s ready.

Mahalli says she understands Prewett’s reluctance, but she
also says some people might assume Prewett was leading Weber on.  “It’s understandable that she didn’t want to
tell him right away because it is a rather awkward subject to talk about,”
Mahalli told us. “Nevertheless, some would [assume] she was leading him on by
not telling him. It’s not that he’s in it solely for the sex, but their
compatibility significantly drops if they’re not on the same page for this.”

Read more: ‘The
Bachelor’: Should Madison Prewett Have Told Peter Weber About Her Beliefs
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