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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. 49,711 People

    Does anyone feel like they are not married?

    I do. My wife never touches me or participates in any kind of intimacy. We are really just room mates. Does anyone else feel the same way?
    OutOfPatience OutOfPatience 61-65, M 4 Responses 2 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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    SeanPHung77 SeanPHung77 36-40, M 1 Response 23 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 301 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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    I've been married for 12 years

    and the last 2-3 have basically been sexless. We manage to have sex maybe 4-5 times a year. The sad part is I still completely and utterly love her but I'm so frustrated about the lack of sex. At this point in my life I'm not even asking for it weekly, I'd be content with every...
    delvoy delvoy 46-50, M 5 Responses 1 day ago

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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 2 Responses 4 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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    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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    The pregnancy hormones continue to drive me

    wild. He continues to ignore me. Completely. It's awful. I feel so sad and repulsive. I love being pregnant, everyone says I look fantastic, but I am so lonely! Sorry just needed to have a moan somewhere. :(
    Waterlanding Waterlanding 31-35, F 14 Responses 2 days 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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    "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'm 21, in college, working full time

    and have been living with my girlfriend of almost 4 years for 2 years. No I'm not married, but my relationship is sexless. I'm a fit guy. I run and do cross training. I'm decent looking and I always, ALWAYS make sure she is taken care of in bed. I can't count how many times I...
    DownInOut DownInOut 18-21, M 9 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    My daughter & I always been very close,

    but lately she been a little indifferent. she left 2 college last august & she coming down next month, but she not calling me as much or texting me as much?? Maybe is cause our divorce she says it was fine, but maybe she not fine about it? Last week she text me & call me lots...
    britefutureahead2 britefutureahead2 41-45, F 1 Response 33 mins 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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    I have been married 12 years

    and stopped having sex with my husband 2 yrs ago. We always used to have a good sex life but for some reason which is beyond me we haven't had any hot times lately. I'm going insane with sexual frustration and have even thought of cheating because my hormones have had enough and...
    BMoreno79 BMoreno79 31-35, F 62 Responses Mar 5, 2014

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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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    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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    Chronic illness has destroyed any chance of sex

    in our marriage. 8 years ago my wife was diagnosed with a version of muscular dystrophy, it makes her muscles very sore and weak, and she tires quickly. We're both fairly young, early 40s. It wasn't supposed to go like this. You never think that one day you'll just stop having...
    02K30 02K30 41-45, M 10 Responses 2 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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    PART 2 So I survived another month in a

    sexless marriage, and will do so for the next 3 weeks. How do I know? based on historical trend and data. When it happened, it was always around the 4 - 5 days of the same time of the month. Yes you guessed it right. She will be ovulating and her testosterones levels will be...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I think that my refuser H

    and I lost all of the romance - and started living as roommates. Now he has said he wants intimacy again I'm wondering how we rekindle the romance.
    Flotsam101 Flotsam101 41-45, F 21 Responses 3 days ago

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    Why do I continue to play hide

    and seek. I know my past. I know the events that shaped my sexless marriage from day one. I heard not tonight, I’m too tired, just hurry up and get it over with thousands of times in those first seven years of my marriage. I remember the words that finally ended my attempts...
    footballbat footballbat 46-50, M 16 Responses 1 day ago

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    I don't think it's just about sexlessness,

    it's also about control. Are most refusers also control freaks? We haven't had sex in > 10 years. He's never been particularly interested in it. But for someone who doesn't want to sleep with me, he sure doesn't want anyone else to either. What the ****, if I knew I...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 12 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 61-65, F 78 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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    Ah, so seeing someone else chase me right in

    front of him is what it takes... Got it. Now this is more like it!
    starcatcher13 starcatcher13 31-35, F 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    showmethelove showmethelove 41-45, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I'm in this for 5 years now.

    And I've realized, a woman can live without sex but she feels empty in the long run without someone taking good care of her especially when kids become grown ups and have their own lives.
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F 18 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 52 Responses Sep 10, 2013

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    So for those of you keeping up with my story,

    thank you for the time and attention. Your help and comments are always welcome. This site has given me a valuable resource as a sounding board to work a lot of things out. -- I have been asked on the forum and in a number of PMs this question: What are you going to do...
    HusbandOfOne HusbandOfOne 41-45, M 24 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    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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    realme75 realme75 36-40, F 3 days ago

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    Watched 'Ordinary lives' on BBC1 tonight.

    Bit too close to home except I'm not outsourcing! Before I joined this forum I felt as though I was the only person living this kind of marriage. Now they're making TV dramas about it!!!
    evie43 evie43 41-45, F 1 Response 4 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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    How much time do you waste thinking about your

    SM, posting and reading here, and generally wasting time, energy, and brain cells that should be devoted to something else? It just occurred to me today this occupies an absurd amount of my resources, eapecially lately. Edited: Thinking about the sexless marriage (and...
    HelenTarnation HelenTarnation 41-45, F 15 Responses 3 days 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 46-50, F 75 Responses Feb 3, 2014

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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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    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 48 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    I'm going to a therapist tomorrow on my own.

    I'm realizing how depressed I've become since learning about my wife's intimacy aversion. the more I try the more I realize the true problem. she's intimate averse. I can't fix her. I decided to fix me instead. I'm planning to get some insight and start working on a plan...
    bdiggles bdiggles 36-40, M 4 Responses 9 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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    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 one step closer to being free.

    I've finished moving out of my married home. It hasn't sold yet, but it will. Showings have picked up again now that Spring is here. I just don't have to deal with them anymore. Not having to deal with the showings, has been a huge stress reliever for me. It was hard leaving my...
    Itsmytime2be Itsmytime2be 41-45, F 34 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I used to...I tried sharing my experience been

    forever since I wrote here of my fears......it wasn't allowed to post. I even bleeped out the bad word, ..... Cmon a 4 yr old can find visuals on a Google search too graphic for adults but I share how I feel in a way you can "feel" and it gets pulled?? Where can I find a...
    showmethelove showmethelove 41-45, F 3 Responses 6 hrs ago

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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 2 Responses 4 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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    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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