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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. 50,148 People

    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 23 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 26-30 554 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    Omg. I never knew what a sexless marriage was.

    I always blamed myself, that I was no good, that if only I did this or that or was a better person things would get better. I have been in a SM for ten ******* years, and I finally had a break-down this past December. I googled "why won't my wife have sex with me?" And learned...
    bornin65 bornin65 46-50, M 16 Responses 3 days ago

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    Tales from early in opposite land: I've moved

    out and am getting settled into my new place. It's near the old place so I'm in a familiar neighborhood looking at my town from the same perspective as always. I liked that part of my life and am glad I could almost keep it intact. So far I love the freedom. I love that I...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 16 Responses 1 day 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 46 Responses Aug 18, 2013

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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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    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 1 day 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 58 Responses May 14, 2012

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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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    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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    deleted deleted 26-30 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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    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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    I found this site on the web

    for asexual's (i'm not one, hubby could be one I guess) but the point is, there is a group for sexual spouses of these asexual people. So they can go there for support. They seem to generally be looking for support and it seems really positive. Just thought i'd post it. The...
    Janicecakes Janicecakes 31-35, F 4 Responses 2 days 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 17 hrs 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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    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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    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 19 Responses Aug 17, 2013

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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 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 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I've been clenching my jaw

    for a decade. - Over the last few days, I've realized I've been clenching my jaw all the time in response to my STBX's dismissive behavior toward me . As I extract myself from this SM, I'm trying to relieve the tension this burden has placed on me and my self-esteem. Learning...
    CherishMe2 CherishMe2 51-55, F 11 Responses 2 days ago

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    2005 - 2015 - What's Different ?

    2005 - I was still in my ILIASM deal 2015 - I am in the relationship of my life 2005 - I was living in suburbia 2015 - I am living in a small country town 2005 - I had a very financially rewarding job 2015 - I have a part time job and some volunteer work that I find very...
    bazzar bazzar 56-60, M 7 Responses 3 days ago

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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 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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    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 31-35, M 4 Responses 23 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 1 day 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 1 day ago

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    teasemenow teasemenow 26-30, F 3 Responses 6 hrs 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 17 hrs ago

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    Okay, there comes a time in every girl's life

    when she needs to replace her toys. I figured that this group would be the best place for advice on the best new 'toys' for me.oops wrong picture...oh well, you get the gist.So ....I want to replace all my toys with new ones, I'm bored with the same ole same ole.  Colour is...
    luminesce luminesce 51-55, F 4 Responses 2 days 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 1 day ago

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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 5 Responses 2 hrs 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 16 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 72 Responses Mar 18, 2013

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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 2 days 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 43 Responses Jan 11, 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 7 Responses 22 hrs 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 13 hrs ago

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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 1 day ago

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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 22 hrs 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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