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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. 50,263 People

    I finally asked my husband to leave today.

    I'm so scared. But so relieved.
    FabulousGirl FabulousGirl 31-35, F 11 Responses 1 day ago

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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 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 38 Responses Mar 31

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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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    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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    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 232 Responses Apr 2, 2011

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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 46-50 184 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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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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    Okay, I don't live a sexless marriage.

    But I'm honestly lost and don't know where else to post this. I am happily married, with a child. My husband is in the military. He took my virginity and he is the only one I've ever slept with. He's had 4 other partners before me. Lately I've found myself extremely curious...
    deleted deleted 26-30 11 Responses 4 days ago

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    My wife had breast cancer several years ago.

    Since that time, she has been on anti-hormone therapy, which put her into menopause. Because, she can't have hormones, she has no sex drive. We live together, we're good friends, and companions. Lately, even that is fading. We talk less and less. See each other less and...
    greggo2 greggo2 46-50 10 Responses 1 day ago

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    When people make you feel unwanted,

    don't leave to make them feel sad or guilty, they won't. Leave because you no longer have a reason to stay. Sometimes you have to be strong for yourself. What's meant to be will end up good and what's not - won't. Love is worth fighting for, but sometimes you can't be the only...
    silverfox54 silverfox54 61-65, F 11 Responses 4 days ago

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    http://myverydarkside.

    tumblr.com/post/124952299072/my-sweet-edward-the-reality
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    It would be so much easier

    if I slept through the night. 2am is so quiet and my brain just spins like a hamster wheel....
    Flotsam101 Flotsam101 41-45, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    My big fat stupid wedding.

    We actually didn't have a wedding but I just couldn't resist the wordplay. Ours was an impecunious civil marriage ceremony, 1st because I was pregnant and couldn't fit nicely in a wedding gown anymore and 2nd we couldn't afford the big party. As someone who took pride in being...
    neeia neeia 36-40, F 13 Responses 7 hrs ago

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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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    An inspirational Oprah Winfrey quote

    for those in miserable sexless marriages: "“You are responsible for your life,” Winfrey says. “And if you’re sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time, because only you have the power to take responsibility...
    Mettamomma Mettamomma 61-65, 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 437 Responses Dec 27, 2007

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    Thinking today. Was there a single,

    shining moment of clarity for you in the days of "bacon scented candles" when you suddenly realized that it wasn't just a ebb, a low point, a speed bump... But something much more terrible? I remember a time after the birth of our daughter. I had orchestrated her baby sleep...
    BeguiledCinderella BeguiledCinderella 41-45, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    I stumbled onto this song

    when I bought an Eagles album recently. I had never heard this particular song by them, and thought a lot of us here in ILIASM could relate to it. It describes the struggle of what to do after the marriage dies and how to move forward. It certainly struck a nerve with me as I...
    greeneyedlady72 greeneyedlady72 41-45, F 10 Responses 3 days ago

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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 197 Responses Aug 31, 2006

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    Anxiety Meter Rising .

    H will be home from work this weekend. As the time nears, I'm getting more anxious. I gave him the news about separation this weekend. And upon his return I'll have to face him and his questions, and very likely some moppy-ness. Sigh. . I know I can't run away from this. I just...
    TrulyMadlyDeeply38 TrulyMadlyDeeply38 41-45, F 8 Responses 4 days 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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    It's amazing what happens

    when you move out of your bedroom entirely, refuse your slave services by not cooking or doing his laundry, and making a concerted effort to not call him "babe". Nary a "darlin'" has crossed my lips either. Pretty stinking proud of myself as old habits - many, many habits - die...
    jmx46578 jmx46578 36-40, F 1 Response 31 mins ago

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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 153 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 53 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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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 46 Responses Aug 18, 2013

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    Interesting advice column letter from a woman

    who could have chosen to be a refuser. While I think she could have looked for ways (lubricants, HRT, enjoying giving pleasure to her husband) to make having sex not a chore, at least she cared enough about her husband to have weekly sex with him. "Dear Annie: I read the...
    Mettamomma Mettamomma 61-65, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    BEWARE OF ONLINE PREDATORS: This is probably

    not the best place to bring this up but, I do know that there are a lot of people here that are in sexless marriages and are vulnerable because of their situations. We have seen the countless trolls on this site, and we all know how annoying they are. But there is also a risk...
    CaptainRum CaptainRum 51-55, M 7 Responses 3 days ago

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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 10 Responses Feb 23, 2014

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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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    I love surprising my refuser!

    Lately, I have been setting little traps here and there for my husband who is retired for a year now. I think it has been 10 years since no sex. Maybe 9. There is no hope anyway. But this does not mean I cannot have fun. Especially, watching him struggle with my sexuality...
    Fmina Fmina 51-55, F 35 Responses 3 days 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 78 Responses Feb 9

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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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    Am I crazy? Here's what happened at my house.

    I'm gaining weight (on purpose) and my size 2 skirt is getting too tight. My husband "Moos" like a cow as I walk through the living room, like he's done for several years. For the first time ever, I told him to knock it off and I told him how it damages me, etc. etc. Therapy...
    SoDone1492 SoDone1492 46-50, F 30 Responses 3 days ago

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    Life after ending a sexless marriage is

    wonderful. I feel better than I should. My whole life improved. Financially, emotionally, sexually. I am less stressed and have more patience with my kids. I am becoming a better mother, a better lover and a better person. After writing 63 stories, endless fights, years of a...
    Luckymomof2boys Luckymomof2boys 31-35, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    I am unsatisfied with my life.

    I love my kids. My job is getting better. I'm going to the gym and getting in shape but still... the lack of intimacy, and sex is killing me. Driving me to do bad things. Moving towards a decision but I don't know how I'll be strong enough to make it or how I'll live with...
    mousergoodwin mousergoodwin 41-45, M 8 Responses 2 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 165 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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    I wonder how many of us sleep on the couch?

    . We werent the refusers to begin with but have become increasingly fed up with the pretense of sharing sides on the totally unused except for sleep bed. The couch is as good as the left side of the bed with the added advantage I can stay up late on my tablet without the light...
    lass1 lass1 41-45, F 31 Responses 4 days ago

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    Apparently I even screwed up the 5 stages of

    grief. I had posted somewhere that trying to get my life sorted out and leaving my marriage was akin to the grieving process. I felt some emotions that I didn't expect to feel. But if this were a grieving process, I went through the various stages in the order that worked for...
    samedeepwater samedeepwater 51-55, M 5 Responses 13 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 31 Responses Aug 31, 2013

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    So it's been months since I've had sex with my

    wife. She was particularly grumpy one Monday morning. I get a text to say, get a babysitter. So that night we go out for a drive and she drops a bombshell on me. I knew we weren't doing that great so the fact she was calling it quits wasn't that much of a shock. The bombshell...
    Dempsey22 Dempsey22 31-35, M 17 Responses 3 days 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 297 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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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 51-55, F 72 Responses Feb 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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    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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    Looking on the bright side.

    .. When leaving a sexless marriage, at least you don't have to worry about being drawn back in by break-up sex.
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 6 Responses 2 days ago