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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. 49,771 People

    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 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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    "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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    Pardon me while I vent.

    I'm just so depressed. I'm just so sick of my life. I'm sick of my boring *** job. I'm so sick of all of the high school drama and politics that go on at my job. I'm sick of the same old routine. I'm sick of trying to bring back a spark when it's clear that I am the only...
    bdiggles bdiggles 36-40, M 11 Responses 17 hrs 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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    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 4 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 18 hrs 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 7 Responses 6 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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 2 days ago

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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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    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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    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 2 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 9 hrs 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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    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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    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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    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 19 hrs ago

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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 13 Responses 2 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 day 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 4 Responses 1 day 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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    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 4 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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    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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    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 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 11 Responses 1 day ago

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    No more tears. I hate my refuser with a fiery

    passion. I hate him so much I can't see straight.
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 13 Responses 5 days 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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    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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    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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    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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