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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. 50,163 People

    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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    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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    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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    I've done a little writing

    as an outlet for my frustration: http://myverydarkside.tumblr.com
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    All I ever wanted from my husband was affection.

    To be treated like a priority to him. To be kissed and held and comforted. To feel like I really mattered to someone. Instead, I got rare physical affection and he barely made an effort to spend any time alone with me. He chose to work six days a week, arrived home...
    CherishMe2 CherishMe2 51-55, F 16 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 26-30 554 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 54 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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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 3 days ago

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    I wonder if in these sexless marriages

    that seem all too common today , what would happen if both people agreed to be more open about their sexuality, insecurities, fantasies and desires. I bet that the most seemingly 'frigid' person given the chance of total honesty without fear of betrayal for their honesty, is...
    Siptelguy Siptelguy 51-55, M 6 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    Loyalty to two sons and two grandchildren.

    I cannot bring myself to destroy all that.
    Jimsolls Jimsolls 66-70 9 Responses 1 day ago

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    Writing, as an outlet

    for my frustration, is working wonders. I never thought of myself as creative. I can't wield a paintbrush, or mold clay, or dance. But I've always excelled at expressing myself through words. And being a "duly sworn officer of the grammar police," I can convey my thoughts...
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 6 Responses 18 hrs ago

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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 5 Responses 3 days 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 8 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 43 Responses Nov 11, 2013

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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 46-50 185 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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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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    After asking me on Sunday

    if there was any chance for reconciliation and that he was thinking of leaving he's informed me that he's found a flat and is moving out maybe this weekend. I'm a little in shock. But part of me has been suspecting that he's maybe been seeing someone lately . I could be...
    elkclan elkclan 41-45, F 26 Responses 17 hrs ago

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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 36-40, M 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    My honeymoon was terrible

    and my marriage has gone downhill ever since. 44 years.
    Jimsolls Jimsolls 66-70 2 Responses 1 day 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 17 Responses 3 days ago

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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 3 days ago

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    I feel like the person

    who is lost in a desert and needs water to survive. If he does not get water soon he will be in serious trouble. Then he sees an oasis that has water and he can not stop drinking. I feel much the same way. I need love, affection and intimacy in my life. If I don't get...
    OutOfPatience OutOfPatience 61-65, M 5 Responses 1 day 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 2 days ago

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    Have you had any success in changing your

    avoidant spouse into a veritable root rat, keen to do you at every turn ? Yes ? No ? Has your avoidant spouse had any success in changing you into a stodgy old fossil who does not want a root ? Yes ? No ? Have you had any success in changing your avoidant spouse in to what you...
    bazzar bazzar 56-60, M 3 Responses 1 day 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 3 days 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 49 Responses Sep 28, 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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    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 49 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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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 3 days ago

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    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 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 232 Responses Apr 2, 2011

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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 276 Responses Jun 29, 2011

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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 3 days ago

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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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    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 78 Responses Feb 9

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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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    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 31 Responses Aug 31, 2013

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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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    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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    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 20 Responses Aug 17, 2013

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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 2 days 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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    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 39 Responses Mar 31

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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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    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 5 Responses 2 days ago

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