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I Live In a Sexless Marriage

Support, stories, and advice from real married men and women without sex in their marriage. 49,777 People

    This is hard.. We are away on what I was truly

    hoping would be a romantic getaway .. We have been married for 9 months and he still won't be intimate with me. I take care of myself .. I work out, take care of my body and I am very feminine .. I have always been told I am pretty and sexy.. But why does my husband refuse to...
    v636 v636 41-45, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    First night by myself & my Litt dog @ my

    apartment husband was here helped bring some furniture & i got very emotional when he was geting ready to go i started crying & he started crying & we hug & cry:,( we need to get used 2 it ! 30yrs is a lifetime! Today i feel like last sunday when i left !
    britefutureahead2 britefutureahead2 41-45, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    A Sexless Marriage (SM) Vs. A Loveless Marriage (LM):

    A Sexless Marriage (SM) vs. A Loveless Marriage (LM): It would be reasonable to assume that this forum is home to many who have a somewhat similar experience to share, one that is a close match to the title of this group. However I now firmly believe that the majority of people...
    purezinc purezinc 36-40, M 20 Responses Aug 17, 2013

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    I live in a loveless sexless marriage.

    Twenty years wasted only good thing is my child. I've begged, pleaded, screamed, and cried to him WHY. Why are you making me live this way. I think he gets off on my misery I want to hurt him like he has hurt me but he is a heartless monster. Only the bottle comforts him the...
    RavenV180 RavenV180 36-40, F 9 Responses 4 days ago

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    I want out. I really do.

    I cannot feel anything. After discovering the affairs in September, he decided to increase our sexual frequency and I feel so numb. Gotta give him credit for trying. But the deal is, that thing that died during the 5 and a half years of sexless marriage, it is not coming...
    EinEngel15 EinEngel15 46-50, F 12 Responses 2 days ago

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    Dehumanization Of The Opposite Sex: The Collateral Damage Of A Sexless Marriage

    I had an epiphany a few days ago. I thought I would share it. My marriage and my appreciation for it goes in cycles. I believe this is the case for most of us. Some days are optimistic. Some are awful. Some...you just don't think about it. Sometimes those are the best days, when...
    harveyspecter harveyspecter 41-45, M 73 Responses Mar 18, 2013

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    Another refuser story.

    .. Useless columnist advice, but as usual many comments are very good... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3036012/Rowan-Pelling-s-sex-column-Help-don-t-desire-husband.html#comments
    TheFullMoon TheFullMoon 51-55, F 3 days ago

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    I wish I had a wife who enjoyed life

    and not work. I'm so lonely. I need a lover
    Parkwalker Parkwalker 56-60, M 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    Are You Staying For The Kids? Some Thoughts From Someone Who Left.

    One of the most common refrains here seems to be the line "I love my kids" or "I love my family", or "I don't want to destroy my family". There are plenty of reasons to not get divorced. If your sexless period was just a bump in the road, only 6 months, a year, right after...
    icancounttopotato icancounttopotato 36-40, M 65 Responses Jan 6, 2013

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    Outsourcing Your Needs

    So you live in a sexless marriage.  There is no sex (or very little sex) and your relationship lacks intimacy and emotional connection.   As a "sex person" you miss this badly and have tried, without success, to address the issue in your marriage. You love your spouse, who is...
    enna30 enna30 56-60, F 235 Responses Apr 2, 2011

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    No Sex Tonight - Best Of Craigslist

    I just wanted to share something that gave me a good laugh this morning. It was posted in the "best of craigslist" section of craigslist. I thought somebody else here may find it funny, too. I have found it is easier to cope with a sexless marriage if I ...
    CynicalFreakGenius CynicalFreakGenius 36-40, M 302 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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    Perhaps An Insight Into the Guy's Problem...

    All of the stories here are all too familiar. What's frustrating is that they all reflect a fundamental change in the relationship early on in a marriage...which fortunately, is something I might be able to help out with. Many guys get married before they really understand...
    TheTreeIsMe TheTreeIsMe 36-40, M 100 Responses Feb 13, 2007

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    Right to Sex is weaker

    than the Right to Refuse Sex! Should it not be the other way round? Am curious about what the religious scriptures say on this. Reason: there is evidence that sex-related issues were potentially fewer in the past. Further, the male-female ratio was having more females to males...
    niceind niceind 36-40, M 9 Responses 3 days ago

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    A Brief Affair Of Two EP Members

    I am a regular EP member but for anonimoty I agreed with her to create a new username so that I can write our story. This happened six weeks ago. Through a thread on the forum, I was contacted by an EP member who was travelling overseas and was going to be near my hometown for...
    waiting2feelalive waiting2feelalive 46-50 187 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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    Wishful Thinking Being sent to a place

    that is both very far away and very hot every time we raise the subject of intimacy can be confusing and devitalizing in the long run. Being asked to travel or otherwise reassemble in hell is somewhat hurtful too if for no other reason that we are already there and do not need...
    purezinc purezinc 36-40, M 11 Responses Feb 23, 2014

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    How does this group differentiate between a

    sexless marriage based upon refusal and one based upon one partner's disinterest? I ask because I don't have a refuser, per say, but rather a spouse who has never had an interest in an intimate, passionate, sexual relationship with me. We have physical contact 3-5 times per...
    adbs1490 adbs1490 36-40, M 14 Responses 3 days ago

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    Hopefully this is not farewell forever.

    But, just in case. To all my EP peeps, including the ones who think I've lost my mind. Chances are you all may have been on to something. I am going in for a brain MRI on the 22nd. I have mysteriously developed tingling and numbness sensations in my left arm, left face and...
    dynamic71 dynamic71 41-45, M 21 Responses 4 days ago

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    Live Your Relationship Authentically, And Let Go The Outcome.

      A theme in my own formerly sexless marriage and most of the others I see in this board who have not yet changed their situation at home, is a lack of authenticity in their and communications with each other.   I see and have experienced magical thinking within dysfunctional...
    Apocrypha Apocrypha 36-40 44 Responses Jan 11, 2012

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    Pour some sugar on me.

    Resisting the urge to dump my glass of water on my snoring husband. It would be fun, though. Kid free night means no sex. Reminds me - one day when we were dating and the sex was hot - I remember being on top. I thought I was quite something, I may have been - who knows...
    jmx46578 jmx46578 36-40, F 8 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    Is it wrong to enjoy the peace

    and solitude of a stable status quo? On the rare occasion that she wants intimacy, am I an evil refuser if I don't want to partake in it and disturb what we manage to maintain?
    oneinawillian oneinawillian 41-45, M 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    How's everyone's kids doing (regardless of

    whether you stayed or left)? I'll be honest. I want out of this marriage. If we didn't have kids, I'd already be gone. It's just not working. I ultimately want to do what's best for the kids. Our marriage isn't a nightmare but it's not good either. The intimacy though...
    bdiggles bdiggles 36-40, M 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    Happy Saturday night,

    fellow sex-starved E-peeps! I am deliriously happy, I can't wait to start my new life. Team leave-your-marriage 4 lyfe, lol. Let the record show I have not been drinking, I just have mood swings and sometimes they're positive.
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 11 Responses 23 hrs ago

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    As I step back from my sexless marriage

    and turn off my emotions I find myself coming here less and less. When I do and I read the stories I cannot help but notice that hope is funny thing, it keeps us hanging on. Too bad it is all in vain. At the end of the day your spouse either wants to hump you or they do not...
    HusbandOfOne HusbandOfOne 41-45, M 6 Responses 1 hr ago

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    The Love Roulette: Why We Are In A Sexless Marriage

    The “effeuiller la marguerite” is an ancient game, traditionally played by the young falling in love for the first time and the hopelessly romantic of any age. For those unfamiliar with it, the daisy oracle consist in pulling the petals from a daisy, or other available flower...
    purezinc purezinc 36-40, M 30 Responses Aug 31, 2013

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    Wishful Thinking: Your partner may state

    they love you, but this is trick: remember that actions speak louder than words. The cruelty of all: I read many variants of the following: “Lack of intimacy with my partner makes me miserably unhappy, damages me psychologically and physically, I am desperate, I am going...
    purezinc purezinc 36-40, M 21 Responses Feb 2, 2014

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    Strange... I had a strange

    and totally unexpected experience this weekend. My wife and I had done some volunteer work and we were "rewarded" with tickets to a marriage seminar. Oh joy!! It was a typical "nice" presentation, preaching the many virtues of marriage, especially a good Christian marriage...
    RealtaReoite RealtaReoite 51-55, M 22 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Monday morning humor I just had a tough

    weekend with the man. . Before you all scold me for staying in the situation and tell me it's my own fault - STOP. I've heard that before. I know. . This isn't going to be a rant or a sob session. . The therapist I saw suggested writing him a letter. . Today, it's Monday - I'm...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 79 Responses Feb 9

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    What's A "beautiful Woman"??

    Nearly all woman are simply beautiful to me. The only turn offs I have are bad hygiene and bad attitudes. So ladies, please allow me to tell you about men like me. Some of you might now be aware we are out there because we SURELY are not going to act like a creep and TELL you...
    Drummer1013 Drummer1013 46-50, M 155 Responses Nov 15, 2012

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    I Am Already Gone, And He Doesn't Even Know It.

    He went to bed first, he's always tired. As I stood at the side of our bed and saw the barricade of pillows he placed between us, I debated leaving my night gown on. Why take it off? He won't even notice. I let the blue, sheer cotton gown float to my feet. I'll be more...
    rosieapparition rosieapparition 51-55, F 53 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    Below are the three things

    which are helping me cope during the hardest part so far (actually carrying through with what needs to happen, leaving), which I never would have guessed before experiencing it. In case it helps any fellow sufferers: Meditation is amazing. [I also have a growing (fully legal...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    All He Thought About Was SEX SEX SEX

     ORIGINAL STORY (2007): Reading all the posts here, I guess I represented the other side. I hadn't been having sex with my husband because I didn't want to. All he thought about was sex, but not just with me. He had adult magazines, DVDs and videos hidden all over the...
    LostLeila LostLeila 31-35, F 439 Responses Dec 27, 2007

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    Another article about our "favorite"

    topic: http://www.salon.com/2015/04/16/i_feel_like_i_die_more_every_day_the_bed_death_of_sexless_marriage_is_real_and_its_heartbreaking/
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    Are You A Refuser?

    I have reached a conclusion today. We, the refused, are refusers. How so, you ask? Simple. We refuse to recognize just how big a big a problem we have. We refuse to accept that life can be different We refuse to accept that we have the personal power to make the changes we...
    FilteringMachine FilteringMachine 31-35, M 101 Responses Jun 4, 2012

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    I am not a Tyler Perry fan (his branding gets

    on my damn nerves) but I found this today and it spoke to me... Thought it might be good for some of you too. http://youtu.be/OsB7SCUMkY0
    jmx46578 jmx46578 36-40, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    How is it that one partner in a marriage can

    utterly deprive the other partner of their basic needs for love & affection for years on end, but when the now emotionally emaciated partner accepts those gifts from another THEY are suddenly the bad guy. It's complete BS. I'm sick of being treated like some kind of cheating...
    Stormie01 Stormie01 46-50, F 72 Responses Feb 3, 2014

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    Don’t Give Up Blinded by the darkness within

    me I have hidden myself away Leaving myself in an undiscovered byway as people travel past Waiting and wanting to be discovered and hoping to be cherished Time passes and eventually the realization comes home to roost Love never comes if you wait for it in a hidden away empty...
    Warriorpoett Warriorpoett 56-60, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    "The Overwhelming Advice Is To Cheat Or Leave"

    This story was written in response to a statement in a recent post. That statement is: "The overwhelming advice is to cheat or leave". What it comes down to is this: when you reach the point where you can no longer tolerate being in a sexless relationship, then you will...
    enna30 enna30 56-60, F 42 Responses Nov 11, 2013

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    So, I always got mad

    when people told me to get a divorce on here. So, it turns out, that all of yall were right. I have found out that she has been cheating on me since June, and, in all honesty, I have been with my girlfriend since November. Well, as of about 2 weeks ago, I had all the info I...
    Rednkfireftr Rednkfireftr 31-35, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Saturday morning we both wake at almost the

    same time. Kids are still sleeping. I look at him he looks at me. We say nothing, do nothing. My mind says one thing and my heart says another. Why can't he pull me close and hold me and why can't I even try. And then it all hits me like it always does. Its because he has never...
    WastedShadedDaylight WastedShadedDaylight 31-35, F 9 Responses 1 day ago

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    So is been a hard week,

    but is almost over & another wknd is here ! Well i sign my lease 1bedroom cute tiny apartment 2day i pick-up the keys friday & move in.. Not going 2 lie i miss my house & my husband & my dog.. Will b sleeping in an inflated bed friday til my husband brings all my stuff saturday...
    britefutureahead2 britefutureahead2 41-45, F 9 Responses 3 days ago

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    And so do so many others.

    My husband came home last night to tell me his boss was telling everyone at lunch that his wife doesn't put out. So, I asked if he told everyone that in his marriage its the reverse. My guess is he lied. But, he knows the truth and so do I.
    WastedShadedDaylight WastedShadedDaylight 31-35, F 18 Responses 1 day ago

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    Basic Mismatch

    I see lots of stories lately from people who are new and hopeful there will be a solution here they haven't thought of yet. They come here, post a story and get some feedback.  Then they go about trying to fix the marriage.  They read the same stories we've read and the same...
    Changewilldoyougood Changewilldoyougood 31-35, F 26 Responses Dec 10, 2012

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    All That Glitters...

    I have read many of the stories here, and many seem to run along a typical theme. I am going to add my thoughts to those who are living in a sexless marriage, as I am, but who also speak of love and friendship with their partners -- who say they have a wonderful, warm...
    deleted deleted 26-30 555 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    Wife Has No Desire

    My wife was sexually abused as a child.  This has caused devastating effects on our marriage and her life.  Deep down, my wife is afraid to love.  She grew up in a home where if you didn't take care of yourself, you weren't taken care of.  Her mother died at...
    stinkcat_14 stinkcat_14 41-45, M 199 Responses Aug 31, 2006

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    I couldn't be happier.

    We went for mediation tonight and basically expressed everything we already agreed on. We wanted a third party to agree that it was fair and what we are entitled to. It went as well as expected. I'm happy, he's happy and we can start the process to move on. We are filing for...
    Luckymomof2boys Luckymomof2boys 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Looking Back, Looking Forward

    A lot of people have probably assumed or accepted that if everything else seemed okay that the fault for a loveless, sexless marriage was theirs. You go to therapy, aggressively root out your problems, go to the gym, work on your attitude, learn some new jokes, set the...
    Gearcynic Gearcynic 36-40, M 45 Responses Aug 18, 2013

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