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They must refrain not only from sex, but also passionate kissing or similar physical contact, or any act that arouses such feelings. Her experience may or may not be typical, but it is something to consider.
While it's true that Mormons are not one-dimensional and completely predictable, the odds of a successful relationship, given the OP's description of his girlfriend, are slim. We all wondered why should would go against such a blessing.
Though my mother never openly complained about this, I could see it in her eyes.
I also definitely don't want her raising my future children, though, and I'll be very clear about that. Marriage is meant to be eternal.
Of course, your parents will care most. Even if the church believes a bunch of crazy nonsense, and she believes it too, I still really like her and would like to see whether we can have some good intellectual conversations about this stuff.
And we are not bloody married yet.