This varies from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle. However, for a woman in regular cycles, a typical number of days of abstinence is 6 to 9 days around the time of ovulation, in addition to the heavy or moderate days of menstrual bleeding. This time of abstinence can be difficult, but it can also be a rewarding challenge. We encourage couples to have regular discussions about how they are using this time of abstinence to express love and connect in other ways, through spiritual, intellectual, emotional, creative, and non-arousing physical intimacy.
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