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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. 49,590 People

    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 31-35, M 45 Responses Aug 18, 2013

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    Lamenting. The other day someone told me my

    eldest daughter is beautiful. I looked at her, watching her enjoying life, being at ease with her friends. She came to me, hugged me and told me she loved me. All of a sudden I wondered if I really am worthy of my children - all lovely, intelligent and well-loved - if my own...
    Wundaring Wundaring 31-35, F 12 Responses 1 day ago

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    About an hour ago I told my wife I was going to

    bed. Kissed her and left her with her stupid mtv show. Texted her from bed to tell her I'm naked and waiting to talk about our setting texts from this morning. No reply. I think I'm going to run away to Niagara this weekend, to find my soul and freeze my arse off if this...
    Iltcp Iltcp 41-45, M 7 Responses 2 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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    We just returned from seeing the attorney

    who drew up our Separation Agreement and a Free Trader Agreement. A FTA is a document stating that from the date of our separation neither of us will have any claim on assets acquired by the other spouse. The lending entity she is using to finance her mortgage required this. We...
    worksforme2 worksforme2 66-70, M 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    Oceandock19 Oceandock19 41-45, F 11 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    Well- I get the promise often of "maybe later".

    ....and then I may get a quick rub and tug for about 5 strikes when she says " my arm fell asleep" or " I'm tired... At the point of signing up for Ashley Madison....
    bghosefan bghosefan 46-50, M 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    How To Handle A Sexless Marriage? Have Sex.

    I am horrified by the recent increase in trollish, drive-by advice, telling ILIASMers that the solution to all their problems lie in having sex, outsourcing, going on a spree, investing in sex toys, or some other idiotic ideas like that. The people or bots giving this advice...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight 41-45, M 31 Responses Oct 28, 2013

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    I finally understand my ILIASM shithole!

    https://mylifeinpajamas.wordpress.com/the-impact/ I am married to a passive aggressive! The impact description is so me!
    dynamic71 dynamic71 41-45, M 8 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I met my now husband 9yrs ago

    when i was 17 and he was 19. We hit it off well, he is a great guy, a perfect gentleman with chivalry and one who pampers me. Someone really rare to be found in India where i grew up. So i took the chance and date him. A few days goes by but he never made any move on me. I...
    ithinkithink ithinkithink 26-30, F 9 Responses 2 days ago

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    Why we stay in our sexless marriage!

    For all those who want out but feel helpless to do anything about it, I have an explanation for the reason. It's called Learned Helplessness. This is why we are afraid to move or make change in our married shithole!
    dynamic71 dynamic71 41-45, M 5 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    The Consequences Of 'enduring'.

    I'm posting this story here even though I no longer live in a sexless relationship, because if you are currently in one, now is the time to think about what is happening to you. Your experience will not be exactly the same as mine, but I think it's likely you are going through...
    hrts hrts 41-45, F 36 Responses Jun 10, 2012

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    Should say lived ! I left my refuser

    after 22years . We have children and so still in touch and dare i say it ok with each other . However occasionally his behavior returns . He tries to control and manipulate . Last night i stood up to him . Even though i left him i never really ever stood up to him . Last night i...
    eccentrix12 eccentrix12 46-50, F 16 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    He's trying to make amends,

    and has identified that's this, one of many mistakes he made, was putting me behind in trying to have over-the-top career goals. I received an apology last night with this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LImUrwebrZ4
    Seekinganswers2 Seekinganswers2 41-45, F 4 Responses 1 day 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...
    czzinc czzinc 36-40, M 30 Responses Aug 31, 2013

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    Deprogramming me. How do you do it?

    I'm realizing my deep issues and what I really need to do is deplorable me... Everything with how I've lived. Put myself first. How on earth do you break those habits???
    Notlovingit Notlovingit 46-50, F 12 Responses 11 hrs 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 52 Responses Sep 10, 2013

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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 26-30 557 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    Where did the 1% statistic come from?

    I've been reading this in posts- but don't see any evidence to back up the number. Thank you!
    Seekinganswers2 Seekinganswers2 41-45, F 11 Responses 2 days 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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    Why Repairing A Sexless Marriage Is So Impossible....

    Here in our group, we often get criticized for being too negative, too willing to leave the marriage, and too unwilling to try and repair the marriage. I want to explain to new members why, all the group here is really doing, is just being honest. I want to try and explain why...
    neuilly neuilly 61-65, F 78 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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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 50 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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    Thank you EP. So many of you have been

    so kind to offer advice, insights or just a general kind word, and it really means a lot. This is the only place I'm able to talk freely, and to know that you listen and care enough to respond so helpfully gives me so much hope. From all that you have said, and deep inside me...
    andthentherewaslight andthentherewaslight 31-35, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    I am a 53, hard working,

    successful business owner and family man. I have been living in a sexless marriage for 15 years. I would say that we might have sex once a year. I annoy her. I have talked with her for years about it, and she says it's not me, she simply has no libido. She also won't make any...
    ZCampbell ZCampbell 51-55, M 5 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    15 min ago, I texted my wife to tell her I was

    in bed naked waiting for her. The only being to come into the room since has been the cat.
    Iltcp Iltcp 41-45, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    My anniversary came around this weekend,

    it was beautiful, like I said, he was excited about it , so he planned everything. And surprisingly I enjoyed every moment of it Fast forward to bed time, here's me who hasn't had some in a while and my hubby making me feel good all day raised my sexual urges from like 1 to 1...
    Alexandra0210 Alexandra0210 22-25, F 14 Responses 1 day 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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    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 51 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    TheLionGod TheLionGod 36-40, M 1 hr ago

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    I just don't understand all this non-sex,

    non-intimacy, craziness. I've become very good friends with a few people on here, and if even half of the things they say are true.... I just don't understand spouses. (Of course I don't understand mine either!) How can a woman or a man have a loving, caring, spouse/mate...
    Seekinganswers2 Seekinganswers2 41-45, F 5 Responses 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 154 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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    I have celebrated 16 years of marriage to my

    wife a few months back. I love her and all aspects of the marriage have always felt normal...except the sex. We do not fight over any real issues and communicate in a way I would consider to be fairly well. I do plenty or work around the house and for a large amount of our...
    ReconMan ReconMan 41-45, M 8 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    More thoughts from the other side.

    .. when the infatuation wears off.... I will start by saying I really wish I hadn't deleted my past username and all the stories attached to it. Everyone warned me, but stubborn me didn't listen. It would have been nice to reflect occasionally and to let others see the...
    awakeforthedancechecksin awakeforthedancechecksin 41-45, F 13 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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    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 45 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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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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    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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    Just A Shout Out

    I just want to say a big hello to my soon-to-be ex-husband Jay  He has taken up reading every single post of mine on here.  Beside the fact that he really needs to get a life, I wanted to welcome him.  Maybe reading a little truth and honesty would be a nice...
    k145712 k145712 36-40, F 58 Responses Mar 3, 2010

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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 81 Responses Feb 9

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    Cathartic. Last night I had a fantastic

    conversation with a new EP'r. I talked about (vented) my marriage and the struggles I've gone thru. Later in the conversation he parroted back what he heard. OMG. It was flat out cathartic. Like he was holding the mirror to my fav and the mirror was speaking back to me. All...
    Notlovingit Notlovingit 46-50, F 5 Responses 2 days 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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    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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    For those of you who know me

    and those of you who have read my stories going way back to the beginning, you know that when I first came to EP I was hurting and miserable thanks to my STBX and the constant rejection of being in a sexless marriage for 15 years. I was in pain. I was vulnerable. I was...
    lightblueeyes lightblueeyes 46-50, F 16 Responses 1 day ago

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    Sucks

    The title might say it all..... Yes, I am married. Have been together for 13 years, and lets just say the sex life says it! I'm lucky if its once a month. Or if I get him drunk (but even that sometimes doesn't work)! I am a very sexual person. If it were up to me I would like to...
    Hannahbanana84 Hannahbanana84 31-35, F 47 Responses Sep 17, 2013

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    So how do you cope with this

    and find companionship and love but still stay in the marriage for all the wrong reasons
    dmyers8331 dmyers8331 66-70, M 8 Responses 2 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 301 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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