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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. 50,162 People

    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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    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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    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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    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 2 days 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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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 2 days ago

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    My sons don't want me to be unhappy

    but also don't even know I am unhappy. I keep it to myself as I don't want them burdened with it. They have enough on their plates without me adding to it. I am resigned to it now, I buried my head in the sand whilst my sons grew up and through their university etc., now it...
    Jimsolls Jimsolls 66-70 6 Responses 13 hrs 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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    Writing, as an outlet

    for my frustration, is working wonders. I never thought of myself as creative. I can't wield a paintbrush, or mold clay, or dance. But I've always excelled at expressing myself through words. And being a "duly sworn officer of the grammar police," I can convey my thoughts...
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 4 Responses 12 hrs 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 51-55, F 74 Responses Feb 3, 2014

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    Today I asked my husband

    if there was any chance I could get lucky tonight, he smiled and said "later". Which means "no". We had a talk about how he thinks it's normal that he doesn't want to have sex. He asked me... "What if things were turned, what if you didn't want to have sex and I did, all the...
    URLOVED4EVA URLOVED4EVA 26-30, F 14 Responses 3 days ago

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    After asking me on Sunday

    if there was any chance for reconciliation and that he was thinking of leaving he's informed me that he's found a flat and is moving out maybe this weekend. I'm a little in shock. But part of me has been suspecting that he's maybe been seeing someone lately . I could be...
    elkclan elkclan 41-45, F 25 Responses 11 hrs ago

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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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    "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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    I feel like the person

    who is lost in a desert and needs water to survive. If he does not get water soon he will be in serious trouble. Then he sees an oasis that has water and he can not stop drinking. I feel much the same way. I need love, affection and intimacy in my life. If I don't get...
    OutOfPatience OutOfPatience 61-65, M 4 Responses 18 hrs ago

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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 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 164 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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    Loyalty to two sons and two grandchildren.

    I cannot bring myself to destroy all that.
    Jimsolls Jimsolls 66-70 9 Responses 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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    I wonder if in these sexless marriages

    that seem all too common today , what would happen if both people agreed to be more open about their sexuality, insecurities, fantasies and desires. I bet that the most seemingly 'frigid' person given the chance of total honesty without fear of betrayal for their honesty, is...
    Siptelguy Siptelguy 51-55, M 4 Responses 11 hrs 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 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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    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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    teasemenow teasemenow 26-30, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    You are walking through a desert

    and come across an oasis. There is a sign that says the water is poisoned. Would you suddenly lose your thirst? This is how I feel with my wife. Last night I just wanted to kiss her. Her response was her breath wasn't fresh. I told her it didn't matter I just want to kiss her...
    drpcowboy drpcowboy 36-40, M 5 Responses 2 days ago

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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 5 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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 3 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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    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 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 299 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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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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    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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    Cautionary tale: Ahhh the sexless marriage.

    ... My first marriage was sexless. It was almost sexless before marriage. I thought marriage would make it better and my husband had madonna/***** issues that would be ok after he made an honest woman of me. Um, nope sex declined after marriage and within the first year we had...
    bpdwifelife bpdwifelife 41-45, F 5 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 1 day ago

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    Thought-provoking NY Times article

    that indicates that marriage counseling is advancing in ways that may benefit couples in SM. Here are some excerpts, but take the time to read the whole thing. "First Comes Sex Talk With These Renegades of Couples Therapy By AMY SOHN JULY 1, 2015 Is the classic postcoital...
    Mettamomma Mettamomma 61-65, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    http://iheartintelligence.

    com/2015/06/30/health-benefits-of-sex/
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 1 Response 2 days 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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    I've done a little writing

    as an outlet for my frustration: http://myverydarkside.tumblr.com
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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