"Couples who've had sex before marriage will inevitably have sexual difficulties in marriage."
That's what I, a marriage expert and chairman of MarriageHelper.com, said to a large audience of married couples. Through my work with thousands of couples, I've learned that the emotional results of premarital sex can negatively affect many aspects of a marriage.
More than half of those who marry today bring sexual histories into their marriage, and wringing our hands over the issue isn't going to help those struggling with the consequences in their relationships today.
So what can be done about marriage difficulties that result from premarital sex? I have some suggestions that have helped others who've approached me about the issue.