WOMEN
08/20/2013 11:51 am ET Updated Oct 20, 2013

Not Having Sex And 5 Other Things That Won't Help Your Relationship

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"Would a pact not to have sex with each other for a year make their hearts grow fonder?" I read incredulously from the New York Times Twitter feed.

"No!" shouted my husband from the other room.

A yearlong vow of abstinence sounds like a crazy effort for someone not actively trying to write a book about that time she didn't have sex for a year, but the subject of this week's Modern Love column attempted just that. She and her boyfriend were so deeply in lust with each other that they struck up a yearlong pact to not have sex with each other to see if it would make them even crazier about each other.

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