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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. 49,773 People

    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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    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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    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 277 Responses Jun 29, 2011

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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 9 Responses 17 hrs 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 1 day ago

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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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    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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    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 56 Responses May 14, 2012

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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

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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 5 Responses 14 hrs 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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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    Today i am feeling a litt better i guess i will

    have my up's and down's Days.. "i can't believe i did it WOW"!!!! I guess i am not such a scary cat after all :)) thank you my EP friends u guys help so much. HUGS😘
    britefutureahead2 britefutureahead2 41-45, F 1 Response 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 1 day ago

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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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    I have crossed that year mark with my OM.

    . I DO love him.. and I believe he does love me.. I know he's a bit reserved because I am married... Went to a BBQ with OM and my hubby drove down alley saw my car .. called me told me to get my stuff and move in with him.. I said I'd be home in a minute.. got home and it got a...
    caressablecat caressablecat 51-55, F 7 Responses 20 hrs 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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    Happy to announce my separation.

    My husband and I have decided to separate. Coming home after a long vacation was so hard. I couldn't put the mask back on, it just didn't fit anymore. The vacation was the breath of fresh air I needed. The most dreaded moment was talking to our daughter about how, why and...
    ifoundmehere ifoundmehere 46-50, F 49 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    My husband is addicted to painkillers

    and antidepressants. He has decided to take 14 pills at one time (3 different -- sleeping pills, xanax, gaba) to make him sleep... He has been doing this for years and I'm so scared that he's going to suddenly die -- he's a ticking time bomb. How can I get him to stop or agree...
    auriga8 auriga8 22-25, F 11 Responses 4 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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    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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    I'm one step closer to being free.

    I've finished moving out of my married home. It hasn't sold yet, but it will. Showings have picked up again now that Spring is here. I just don't have to deal with them anymore. Not having to deal with the showings, has been a huge stress reliever for me. It was hard leaving my...
    Itsmytime2be Itsmytime2be 41-45, F 39 Responses Mar 31

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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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    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 158 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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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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    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 4 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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 5 Responses 1 hr 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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    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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    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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    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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    What qualifies one for saying this?

    Once a week, once a month, once a year, or longer? What's your experience like?
    down2die down2die 26-30, M 12 Responses 3 days ago

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    I don't know if yall can relate.

    .. But here it goes Before my guy deployed I had a lot going on, I lost my grandmother, my little sister was leaving for boot camp, my other sister and her husband and children were having money problems, I was job searching, I'm heavily in debt with school loans... Plus his...
    Bambieye Bambieye 22-25, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    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 4 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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    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 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    My husband moved out 16 days ago.

    I wasn't sure how I would feel but its definitely not what I expected!! I was worried that I would feel really lonely..... but I don't. I thought I would really miss him...... but I don't. I thought I would crave s@x (even though I wasn't getting it lol!) ......but I don't!! I...
    evie43 evie43 41-45, F 21 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    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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