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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. 49,694 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 44 Responses Jan 11, 2012

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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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    Well, now that I have finally come to the

    realization of living in a Sexless Marriage, I have figured out what has replaced sex for me, it is food. Since the realization I have been eating, snacking as much as possible, and have gained 15 pounds, which has helped to take away my sex drive, if that makes any sense...
    Fotoman Fotoman 46-50, M 6 Responses 3 days 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 19 hrs 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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    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 5 Responses 10 hrs ago

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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 1 day ago

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    Finally. I had the nerve to stop saving what

    could no longer be saved, told my wife that I will stop trying to get her to have sex with me. I still love her and I want to become old with her. But I also want sex with a woman, and if that woman is not her, so be it. I was very afraid that she would walk away and it has...
    manfromamsterdam manfromamsterdam 56-60, M 5 Responses 3 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 26-30 556 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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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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    "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 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 3 Responses 6 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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    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 15 Responses 1 day 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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    We talked about getting separated.

    We decided to see a lawyer together to see if we can amicably hammer out a separation agreement. As for physical separation, that's yet to come. Neither can afford the house on our own. It's not like there's any urgency. I imagine as we make the agreement and go to marriage...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    Marriage counseling Session 2 Again,

    another rough session for my wife. She was defensive through the entire process. Therapist brought up my email from last session, as I expected she would because she said she would share everything we talk about in private and in group. I explained how my wife felt attacked...
    dynamic71 dynamic71 41-45, M 10 Responses 3 days ago

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    So I spend time imagining my new separated life.

    For financial and logistical reasons I don't think a physical separation is imminent. Still, I imagine whenever that time comes a little house of my own (I tried imagining an apartment, I didn't like it). I feel happy about it. The freedom would be amazing and I hope it...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 6 Responses 3 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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    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 5 hrs 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 80 Responses Feb 9

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    Been married about 10 years

    and the sex just completely stopped almost right after I got married..and now it's just gotten to the point where I'm just not interested in having sex with my wife at all..I mean all desire is gone...every time I ask for sex ..she says that it has to be romantic or either she...
    marquisb marquisb 31-35, M 3 Responses 3 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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    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 1 day ago

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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 56-60, F 78 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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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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    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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    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 75 Responses Feb 3, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 23 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 50 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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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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    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 2 days 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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    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 2 days 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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    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 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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    Good read. http://elitedaily.

    com/dating/going-back-to-the-person-who-is-bad-for-you/919304/
    jmx46578 jmx46578 36-40, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    After years and years of excuses,

    I decided to leave... I packed my bags and I stepped out into the great unknown... It turned out to be the best decision...
    AwesomeAlert AwesomeAlert 46-50, M 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    So I have been kind and respectful to STBX.

    What say the SM folks about leaving this web page open on my last day of contact?
    WowandWowWow WowandWowWow 51-55, F 5 Responses 11 hrs ago

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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 15 Responses 21 hrs 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 12 hrs ago

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