I was celibate for three years to avoid emotional pain, but sex wasn’t the villain | Amarantha Robinson

Initially I felt some valour in my sacrifice, but ultimately sadness settled in. I wasn’t fully living

Deciding to go off sex for three years was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and one that I would never make again.

At the time I chose abstinence, my relationship with sex was bitter. It was 2016, I was in my mid-30s and having a very bad run in my dating life. The pattern looked something like this: I would meet a guy, become interested in him, have intimacy and the relationship would end soon after.

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