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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. 50,153 People

    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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    The lack of sex is painful.

    The lack of an emotional bond is more painful. Just not understanding and being understood, painful more so. Just the heart wrenching realization that it will not get better, no matter my fantasies, my heart sinks, my body revolts. I know what I need to do for me, but I...
    sojourner999 sojourner999 46-50, M 9 Responses 2 days ago

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    teasemenow teasemenow 26-30, F 3 Responses 1 day 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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    Loyalty to two sons and two grandchildren.

    I cannot bring myself to destroy all that.
    Jimsolls Jimsolls 66-70 8 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    All I ever wanted from my husband was affection.

    To be treated like a priority to him. To be kissed and held and comforted. To feel like I really mattered to someone. Instead, I got rare physical affection and he barely made an effort to spend any time alone with me. He chose to work six days a week, arrived home...
    CherishMe2 CherishMe2 51-55, F 16 Responses 2 days ago

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    My honeymoon was terrible

    and my marriage has gone downhill ever since. 44 years.
    Jimsolls Jimsolls 66-70 2 Responses 22 hrs ago

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    I just had the thought,

    "One good thing about living alone is that it's clothing-optional." . Then I realized: if I was in a *good* love and sex relationship.....THAT should be clothing-optional. (Assuming it's just the two of you.)
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 26 Responses 2 days 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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    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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    6 months into fixing our SM-Part 1: Many of my

    friends on ILIASM have encouraged me to post an update. Here goes: Well, it has been 6 months since "the talk" last December. I threatened to leave, changed over bank accounts, had bags packed, etc. and gave her an ultimatum. It FINALLY got her attention. We have been...
    indianoutlaw indianoutlaw 31-35, M 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    Does anyone know what happened to fellow EP

    member Hylierandom? It's been a year since she last logged in, and left a message that she wasn't posting anymore stories until EP fixed some issues. Anyone else remember her? She had been very active in here. I hope that she's happy.
    FreewritingFreyja FreewritingFreyja 26-30, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Have you had any success in changing your

    avoidant spouse into a veritable root rat, keen to do you at every turn ? Yes ? No ? Has your avoidant spouse had any success in changing you into a stodgy old fossil who does not want a root ? Yes ? No ? Have you had any success in changing your avoidant spouse in to what you...
    bazzar bazzar 56-60, M 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    More writing. Part II is

    now up. http://myverydarkside.tumblr.com
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 4 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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    My wife is nearly asexual.

    We met when we where very young and Married young. Over time a number of mental and physical issues have emerged that make it even worse. When we do have sex it is boring and what I call "pity sex". The problem extends beyond sex as my 39 year old wife behaves like a 70 year old...
    394950al 394950al 36-40, M 3 Responses 2 days 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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    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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    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 49 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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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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    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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    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 46-50 185 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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    All joking aside, men

    if you cared/loved a woman and she only used you for sex how would you feel about that? Stereotypes say men are good with just sex, but it sounds like many men crave the intimacy as much as the women often do. Would you feel hurt or rejected later?
    just2night just2night 41-45, F 10 Responses 1 day 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 11 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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    Got Divorced before a 4 days.

    It was over a long time ago, and now it's over officially. From Mr.excuses to STBX and now just Ex. Relieved I have a friend, who is stuck in a bad marriage. We were talking and surprisingly, tears started rolling down my cheeks. He asked me the reason, and I was speechless. I...
    coolvolatile coolvolatile 31-35, F 4 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 198 Responses Aug 31, 2006

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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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    I am surprising myself by not minding being

    alone. People staying in your SM for that reason, you may find you enjoy singledom, too. I'm currently without regular male companionship mostly by choice after my potential ltr fizzled out due to issues in his life, although we still talk. But ladies afraid of not finding...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 13 Responses 1 day ago

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    http://iheartintelligence.

    com/2015/06/30/health-benefits-of-sex/
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 1 Response 1 day 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 54 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    The Two Great ILIASM Lies.

    #1 - "everything is great bar the sex" #2 - "if I know 'why' then I can fix it" I reckon these two lies have held up more ILIASM members progress than the thousands of Persians the 300 Spartans held up at Thermopylae Tread your own path.
    bazzar bazzar 56-60, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Sex for me is not only pleasurable,

    it makes a woman feel wanted, desired, needed and loved. My husband and j have been together for 10 years. Sometimes I wonder if I'm not pretty enough for him to want to do that with me or what it is. I am 7 years younger than him so maybe that's the issue?? I'm in my prime and...
    Emj30135 Emj30135 26-30, F 6 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 72 Responses Mar 18, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    I've done a little writing

    as an outlet for my frustration: http://myverydarkside.tumblr.com
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 1 Response 1 day 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 164 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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    I am living in a sexless marriage.

    my husband and I haven't had sex in nearly 2 years. he has a drinking problem and I don't want to be intimate with him. sometimes I feel like I want to have an affair but I don't want to cheat on him. I feel so lonely. and I really want to have sex. I think about it all the...
    gnews gnews 51-55, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    For those of us trying to leave

    and feeling stuck. http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/06/david-whyte-the-journey-house-of-belonging/
    jmx46578 jmx46578 36-40, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I Live In a Sexless Marriage Update

    and some thoughts from Oppositeland that may help you get insights into your own sexless relationship. I've been exhausted from job hunting and renovating my house, so when I've gone to bed the last 2 nights, lovemaking was not on my mind, sleep was. But, my post SM guy...
    Mettamomma Mettamomma 61-65, F 10 Responses 2 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 276 Responses Jun 29, 2011

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    I've been married for 6 years.

    I have a 3.5 child and another on the way. I feel like I'm the only one that puts any effort in. The only time she initiates is when it's baby making time. I was very very experienced before marriage and was up front about my needs to my wife before our marriage (she was a...
    lonelyhusband2018 lonelyhusband2018 36-40, M 8 Responses 1 day ago

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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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