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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. 49,963 People

    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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    UPDATE # 7 - see link to follow previous

    pathetic storyline: EP Link It's been a while but I suppose I should update my horrible saga since some of you might have wondered what happened to me. This is as good a time as any since I'm sitting in a half empty dive bar near my home...nursing a beer by myself on a lonely...
    TheFallen75 TheFallen75 36-40, M 8 Responses 6 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 74 Responses Feb 3, 2014

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    “The Anatomy of a Sexless

    Marriage”or“How My Sexless Marriage Is Exactly Like a Bad Knee”Your knee is a fairly wonderful machine: it lets you stand, run, jump. And think of the knee of an athlete: how much more that knee as to do for its owner, with all the pressures and forces placed...
    dan13732 dan13732 51-55, M 9 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I found a very interesting article online

    that discusses what happens to a lot of us in SM. It describes exactly what I felt like. http://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/partner-stops-giving-silent-pain-emotional-withholding-fiff/ Edit: I need to add, that I am now seven months out, still grieving somewhat, I...
    greeneyedlady72 greeneyedlady72 41-45, F 13 Responses 5 days ago

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    I admit my role. We have each had times

    as refusers. We usually got out of it before a death spiral started. I'm not sure this time. I need some counselor (maybe more than one even - me, us may need different guides)...but here's where I need some advice.,, My only experience of counseling is very square - how do I...
    GrantGeek GrantGeek 46-50, F 9 Responses 3 days ago

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    I came across this commentary this morning by

    the CEO of Ashley Madison. Even though it may not apply - it's a nice read none the less. http://www.cnbc.com/id/102715169
    actionjake actionjake 56-60, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Part of the self esteem recovery plan is

    getting back to being buff dad. This requires a 5k run every weekday evening. It has been made pretty clear this should be done in my own time, so it is, and I go at 10pm. Last night I was aware of a car tracking me around the country lanes. I was feeling pretty reflective...
    dadonthesofa dadonthesofa 46-50, M 26 Responses 2 days ago

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    PART 5: What a difference a few days makes.

    No, I'm not talking about the sex, that's already non-existent in this sexless marriage, I am talking about the kids even having a mum is dependent on her ovulation cycle. Previous Saturday (ovulation period) Mood was good, hardly any disagreements. Wakes up shortly after the...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    On holiday in my favourite place.

    Such a shame I have a good friend here and my H (in the true intimate sense) isn't present. I know my options and am working through whether staying can work and be satisfying. I just wish I could fast forward to the point where I know what the answer is. Just an observation...
    Flotsam101 Flotsam101 41-45, F 19 Responses a week ago

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    The Perfect Match In Plato’s symposium,

    Aristophanes tells the story of how humans were originally spherical creatures, twice what they are now, with 4 arms, 4 legs, and a single head with two faces looking in opposite directions. They could roll forwards and backwards and spin around on all 8 limbs; they were supreme...
    purezinc purezinc 36-40, M 4 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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    Unexpected, Unwarranted And Unwanted.

    Earlier this year, I made my decision to pursue an affair. This option has since morphed into an exit plan from my marriage, but either way, my goal is the same. Have some sex. To that end, not having been seen naked by another man for over twenty years (for the most part), I...
    birdie39 birdie39 41-45, F 53 Responses Sep 10, 2013

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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 437 Responses Dec 27, 2007

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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 22 Responses Feb 2, 2014

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    I did..after so long of attempting to work

    things out.... For absolutely no reason at all...and that's that!
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses 3 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 43 Responses Nov 11, 2013

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    Is sexless the main problem

    or is the lack of intimacy and closeness devouring our souls. I read about the pains, sickness, dysfunction and I ask isn't this really what drives us nuts. I believe effort and intestinal fortitude have a lot to do with why we are miserable. So sex is painful but and gentle...
    distant7322 distant7322 46-50, M 14 Responses 4 days ago

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    My husband and I went 5 months without having

    sex. That's the longest I think I have ever gone. It's his fault as well as mine. He sometimes has a hard time getting hard and staying hard. I used to think it was because he worried too much. we have battled this our whole relationship. I guess I have kind of given up and got...
    BeccaBoo5 BeccaBoo5 26-30, F 12 Responses 2 days ago

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    "Now as many people survive cancer

    as due from cancer" the advert tells us Surviving is only the first step. If the experience and the after effects screw over the patient mentally and / or physically then they may have survived cancer, but their marriage will probably be f****d I hate those adverts - implying...
    Flotsam101 Flotsam101 41-45, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    10 months out... This is going to be a tale

    from the other side. My divorce was finalized this month. I can still remember the first time I found this group, and I can still remember how I went back and forth about agreeing with the people that were telling me to get out and never look back but I also remember how I...
    Cucly80 Cucly80 31-35, F 9 Responses 4 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 46-50 186 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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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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    Let me add a ray of sunshine to this gloomy

    subject. While my daughter is staying at a friends, I was determined to get my husbands attention tonight. I had thought up a game plan while I was in the shower. I had my plan intact and was ready to take the plunge to see if it would be a success. Immediately after...
    Macy21 Macy21 36-40, F 27 Responses 19 hrs 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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    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 78 Responses Feb 9

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    Sexless Marriage: Cause And Treatment

    Cause: I am absolutely convinced that, in the vast majority of cases, there are just two causes that underpin a sexless relationship in mentally and physically healthy individuals. I am writing this because I believe that identifying the mechanisms that drive certain behaviours...
    purezinc purezinc 36-40, M 15 Responses Aug 9, 2013

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    My first day as a single person,

    on my own after almost 25-years of misery - longing for love, intimacy, and sex - yet now I'm free, I have no desire for a relationship or sex. The irony.
    Carissimi Carissimi 56-60, F 28 Responses 3 days ago

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    After 25-years, and only parting ways

    for 4-days, I suppose my expectations of my ex were too high, given our history. There are still some loose ends to tie up, so I have called once a day for 3 out of 4 days to confirm, sort out etc. Every call, except today, I asked how he was doing, and he seemed friendly and...
    Carissimi Carissimi 56-60, F 3 Responses 3 hrs ago

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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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    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 43 Responses Jan 11, 2012

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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 233 Responses Apr 2, 2011

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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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    I'm longing for his touch

    and still another lonely night. The pain is growing deeper and it is consuming me. I love him so much and would love the world for him but he is killing me slowly. I find myself asking wether it's me or him and get so confused just at the thoughts of why. My heart races when I...
    crazy1983 crazy1983 31-35, F 9 Responses 5 days ago

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    Refusing Sex = Emotional Abuse

    Withholding sex in a "loving" relationship is Emotional Abuse. Denying one's partner the bond which cultivates closeness and intimacy with them is Emotional Abuse. Whether their refusal is due to mental illness, passive/aggressive anger or control issues or an underlying reason...
    ISELFLOVE ISELFLOVE 41-45, F 161 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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    This illustrates the problem in dysfunctional

    marriage. Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put...
    in2mec in2mec 56-60, M 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    So I tell him how I feel.

    ....unwanted, unattractive and unloved and what he says is he doesn't know how I could blame him for my insecurities. Am I wrong? I didnt really even blame him but he knows what i meant. I mean we went from having sex and being best friends in our marriage to over night barely...
    crazy1983 crazy1983 31-35, F 14 Responses 1 day 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 72 Responses Mar 18, 2013

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    UPDATE: I've decided not to initiate sex

    anymore, meaning the once a month 60 secs sex is not going to happen anymore. Found myself a job, and I am happy with my life at the moment, my husband is a good "house mate" I don't have to worry about pregnancy at all, cos we don't have sex, How do i take care of myself...
    Alexandra0210 Alexandra0210 22-25, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    My husband used to msg me all day at work

    or wherever he was but the last yr he has slowly stopped to not even one during the day even when I text him. He comes in and won't talk to me but he goes outside and the whole time is on his phone, he claims he's 'playing games'.. Sure he is.. It's tons of other things also but...
    firstcomes firstcomes 31-35, F 6 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    No sugar The Duggars keep coming up

    as the "sugars" on my autocorrect. It makes me laugh every time it happens and then, I fell a bit creeped out. I mean - sexual molestation by a brother, to his 4 sisters and 1 other (that is known). The youngest of the four sisters was 5 at the time - he was 14 or 15. The...
    jmx46578 jmx46578 36-40, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    As I'm laying here in bed,

    shades drawn, tears flowing and a profound pain in my heart..... I watched my 'angel' drive off to college an hour ago. I'm proud to say, she's a 4.0 student, top 4% of her class and an over achiever in everything she puts her mind too. She has won multiple scholarships due to...
    LEXUS46 LEXUS46 46-50, F 24 Responses 2 days ago

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    Please...listen

    As I sit on my patio, sipping coffee and reading a book, I marvel at the calm of my being. Serenity, happiness, confidence. That is now my life. I am alone. But, I am in no hurry. When I eventually find that person for me, he will behold a whole person, not a broken one. I can't...
    imathinkin imathinkin 51-55, F 58 Responses May 14, 2012

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    Is This How She's Felt For The Past Ten Years?

    For the first ten years, it was pretty standard fare. I wanted, and she refused. I wanted desperately, I tried everything and anything. I really loved her, and wanted things to work at any cost. I couldn't understand why things weren't happening. How could she not reciprocate...
    TheWendigo TheWendigo 36-40, M 275 Responses Jun 29, 2011

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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 26-30 554 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    I'm happy to report that this may be my last

    post in ILIASM because our divorce is almost final. We agreed on everything and we communicate well as co parents and friends. He is aware that I am dating and is not angery or sad or jealous. He sees the kids a few hours a week, which gives me a little break. I am dating a...
    Luckymomof2boys Luckymomof2boys 31-35, F 22 Responses 5 days ago

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    So Is It Really About Sex? What I Have Learned From A Long Term Sexless Marriage.

    I read the stories here and see so many similar people in differing stages of understanding of sexless marriages. Some newbies are seeking a fix or cure. The older, more jaded, group having affairs, leaving the marriage or both simultaneously. We all believe or once believed that...
    footballbat footballbat 46-50, M 48 Responses Oct 8, 2013