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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. 49,698 People

    Follow up to my pointless rambling story from

    the other day: First off, thank you to all who commented. ALL OF YOU. The comments are very helpful and it looks as if no punches were pulled. Which fine I am thick skinned and have great self esteem so the more direct and blunt the better. I have a lot of self examination...
    HusbandOfOne HusbandOfOne 41-45, M 11 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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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    Cats everywhere! So,

    the other day I let the cat out of the bag (H addicted to p*rn and ************) to a friend. Well, it's like the flood gate opened. I have told my five closest friends, now. They know about my 4 years of sexlessness - they know HIS problem. They know how worthless...
    Seekinganswers2 Seekinganswers2 41-45, F 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    Wow. The lyrics of this song -

    that I heard a million times as a kid - just hit me a different way. Sad, but also kind of uplifting. Yes, don't laugh, its REO Speedwagon. I've been around for you I've been up and down for you But I just can't get any relief I've swallowed my pride for you I've lived and...
    isoldeblue isoldeblue 36-40, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    So for all of us who are struggling with our

    marriages. I recently fell in a love with a new song. It's by Britt Nicole and really hits home for me. The Sun is Rising. It gives me hope not only for today but, for tomorrow. Maybe, my marriage cannot be fixed. But, I can be happy with myself.
    WastedShadedDaylight WastedShadedDaylight 31-35, F 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...
    rosieapparition rosieapparition 51-55, F 52 Responses Sep 29, 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 157 Responses Nov 15, 2012

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    How many of you actually see your spouse

    as a real husband or wife? --- I woke up this morning, rolled over and saw a cell mate with whom I have been having institutionalized sex with and not a person with whom I share a life with. It is a sad morning in HoO's house. I realized this morning that she will never be...
    HusbandOfOne HusbandOfOne 41-45, M 24 Responses 22 hrs 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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    Smithy's World--"un" update hello dear ILIASM

    friends, i called the court (again!) today to inquire whether a decision has been issued on my X's motion. as usual the response was "it is still showing as pending." when i expressed dismay, and asked if there's any way at all to tell how much longer, the person at the court...
    smithy8015 smithy8015 46-50, F 6 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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    I married my Hubs when I was 18 & he was 28.

    He was the great love of my life. I have no doubt he has always loved & adored me. Of course I love him, but all during our marriage I was the one complaining that we never had enough sex. I don't need it daily, or even weekly, but every two weeks for sure, so we've had...
    xxTayaLionessxx xxTayaLionessxx 41-45, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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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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    If nothing else she is predictable.

    ... So I too the test for the 5 love languages no surprise I ranked as high as can be on physical with the runner up on affirmation. I knew that would be the case going in but it was nice to have it in black and white. So as I am taking this test I am thinking to myself...
    HusbandOfOne HusbandOfOne 41-45, M 16 Responses 1 day ago

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    So I have tried to be the man she wanted

    but now it's time to be me the man I am We have tried to make it work I have given my all but it has not worked and we have decided that to much has happened and we are different people now so the hurt has returned and I will fight though it once again time to be the best...
    Chef31 Chef31 31-35, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    A poll for those who have told their parents

    they are divorcing/considering divorce: How did your parents react? When I tried to talk to my parents about how I am unhappy and would like to make big changes in my life, starting with leaving my husband, they were very discouraging. My dad was actually hostile, I didn't...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 17 Responses 2 days 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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    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 47 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    I came across this article - found most of it

    to be nonapplicable to a truly SM, but he makes one valid point: What’s one of the essential mistakes people are making during sex? "On a physical level, there are small details you have to get right to make something feel really good for somebody’s sex organs. And, you...
    Snowman12345 Snowman12345 56-60, M 1 Response 10 hrs 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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    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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    I am almost 28, I have 2 children

    and a wonderful husband who doesn't want me, at least not in a sexual way. Sex used to be frequent and good and now it's probably about 6 times a year, has been like this for a couple of years now. I have never once rejected him, yet I feel as though I am too embarrassed to...
    limlam limlam 26-30, F 14 Responses 3 days ago

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    I Still Grieve … SmartKat recently posted

    a story wondering whether there is room for grief on ILIASM. EP Link This story is my attempted response. When I was new on this site, I had posted a short story called “Why I'm Not Grieving The End Of My Marriage.” EP Link It was true of my feelings at the time. I had...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight 41-45, M 9 Responses 1 day 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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    grgbyce978 grgbyce978 56-60, M 2 days ago

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    I'm 46 and have been married

    for 10 years to a wonderful woman who has no sexual interest. maybe once or twice a month if I'm lucky. She want hugs and kisses and affection but little else. I have been completely faithful to her and could not be with someone else but the lack of sex drives me crazy. It makes...
    hamlethere hamlethere 46-50, M 6 Responses 1 day 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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    Edited to add: Outsourcing I also met other

    perfectly nice people in a similar situation. It doesn't have to be people using each other, it can be people giving each other comfort. Any problems I had came from not enforcing my boundaries. But I didnt know I had those boundaries until I ran into them so it was kind of...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 17 Responses 4 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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    So back .... Jan 16th 2015 (the day I arrived

    home from mexico) was the day things changed here. 6 years battling for affection and trying to figure out why it stopped and how to fix it. Today is March 27th which make today day 70. Things changed immediately like the snap of two fingers. Intimate sexual relations, dates...
    TheLionGod TheLionGod 36-40, M 7 Responses 14 hrs 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 26-30 556 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    Another interesting read

    and may be a good thing for some or all of us to think about :). I realize this may not have been written for people in long term marriages/relationships, but it still has value. http://elitedaily.com/dating/keep-dating-emotionally-unavailable-people/975470/
    jmx46578 jmx46578 36-40, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    My wife wondered why her girlfriend told her off

    when she told her she doesn't sleep with me
    grgbyce978 grgbyce978 56-60, M 6 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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    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 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 Experience part 7 The Bishop The following

    is long and may cause drowsiness and increased boredom. It contains adult content and may contain violence of extreme nature, that may be objectionable to the reader. I Am not responsible for any views, emotions or thoughts that may arise from reading the following. Everyone has...
    realme75 realme75 36-40, F 3 Responses 1 day 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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    Recently while reflection on my life

    and how I ended if in a sexless marriage, I was recalling the situation that led to infertility issues with my wife. Her very purpose for getting married, as I learned years later, was to have a family. Just after graduating from college and accepting an Army commission I left...
    NWTruthSeeker NWTruthSeeker 56-60, M 9 Responses 2 days ago

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    so 2015 is not off to a hot start ,

    marriage still reaching new lows all the time , my wife has gone from angry and stressed and negative most of the time , to becoming verbally and mentally , emotionally abusive to me , i havent stopped trying to reconnect with her , but its always a catch 22 , and i never know...
    skiball5150 skiball5150 36-40, M 4 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    More pointless ramblings from HoO So a few days

    ago we had sex in the morning initiated by me but she was not into it so I cut it short. No discussion was had and the day went on as usual for a Saturday. That night we had dinner out with friends and sex was mentioned and my wife said something (I forget her exact words...
    HusbandOfOne HusbandOfOne 41-45, M 23 Responses 3 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 155 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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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 439 Responses Dec 27, 2007

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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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    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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