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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. 49,937 People

    My wife and I were heading

    for divorce when she was diagnosed with an illness that will kill her. Tomorrow or 20 years; nobody knows. I could not leave after that. So I'm basically stuck in a sexless marriage. For those of you who say, "Just leave", don't bother. I made a vow and I'm sticking with it.
    Slider59 Slider59 51-55, M 7 Responses 1 hr ago

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    It is a moment of accidental alchemy skin,

    so often contained, open to the air open to the friction of a caress, the warmth of a willing lover pressed close. The sliding of legs together a dynamo generating a current that courses to the heart outward to the extremities, the lips, the longing part Breath catches and...
    Auberon89 Auberon89 36-40, M 3 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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    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 300 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6903038?

    cps=gravity_3967_-5816385415675001965
    pointbreakgirl pointbreakgirl 41-45, F 5 Responses 23 hrs 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 53 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    Oh dear hearts, a new theme song

    for us! Or maybe just for me... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GBT37_yyzY
    DeborahManning DeborahManning 51-55, F 4 Responses 19 hrs 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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    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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    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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    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 161 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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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 37 Responses Mar 31

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    I found my daughter with her ear on my bedroom

    door when she mistakenly thaught I was in my room with her mom. It freaks me out. Another time I opened the door unexpected by her. She just about fell in our room. Discipline does no good. So I stopped any sex with my wife. Unless I know we are alone! No sex!
    TomNaq TomNaq 46-50, M 10 Responses 4 days ago

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    .One for the guys ...

    I hope that it at least makes you smile..I'm definitely not making light of your situation guys, but some days if you don't smile or laugh, you ARE gonna cry..Take care peeps!
    SolitaireDiamond SolitaireDiamond 51-55, F 9 Responses 4 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 big week for me. My daughter graduates High

    school got accepted to university and into a prestigious program (yes I brag when it comes to my kids) and she is my last one, I am empty nester. Then someone innocently asked me today "Did you get what you wanted in life" Obviously in this forum my immediate answer was...
    1celtusa 1celtusa 51-55, M 15 Responses 2 days ago

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    TGIM, my sexless friends.

    You know your marriage and home life is pretty bad when you look forward to getting back to work on Monday. I wish I could say that it's because my job is just so wonderful that I can't wait to get here.... but that's not the case.
    bdiggles bdiggles 36-40, M 10 Responses 4 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 53 Responses Sep 10, 2013

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    It's fine most of the time.

    But then I watch a movie, and there are two people in love, making love, and it hits me that I may never get to do that again with my husband. Or that I'd love to reach over and take his hand and touch him, but that it would only result in rejection. It's not that everyday...
    GeorgeSands GeorgeSands 31-35, F 11 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    I lived in a sexless marriage

    before I got divorced. I'm seeing a lot of men in this situation which saddens me. Sex is not the end all be all, but there are reasons for it... I've had experience here. So men and women alike, if you have any questions, as I've lived this and I'm in the medical profession...
    aliceinwomderland aliceinwomderland 31-35, F 10 Responses 4 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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    To those, whose wives love them,

    but not in sexual way.... http://www.medicaldaily.com/frequent-***********-may-reduce-prostate-cancer-risk-how-******-protects-against-334018 Does your wife really love you? I would think if she does, she would do anything to reduce the risk regardless of her mood...
    TheFullMoon TheFullMoon 51-55, F 9 Responses 3 days ago

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    Good day, my friends.

    Please be sure to share this with your sexless spouses. It's science, after all! http://btnomb.com/giving-head-is-good-for-your-health
    andie2007 andie2007 41-45, F 16 Responses 2 days ago

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    It occurred to me this morning

    as I was texting my wife because she was complaining how single mom life sucks since I'm out of town, that she rarely experiences horniness. I asked her if she missed me or just my help. She said a little of both. But before she replied, I asked "or, are you just horny"? Her...
    dynamic71 dynamic71 41-45, M 13 Responses 2 days ago

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    Too Much Trouble When most people first get

    married they are excited about the prospect and they have energy to put into the marriage and they have a vested interest in pleasing each other. Since the marriage is new there is still a bit of uncertainty so both people are putting on their best face and putting some effort...
    Warriorpoett Warriorpoett 56-60, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    Thought this was an interesting read

    for any woman(who are the refusers) out there who is perplexed by how her man ticks. I think a lot of good stuff can be found for men in it as well. It is a Christian site, but I found it while researching SM's and other various parts of the subject. http://www...
    angryspartan angryspartan 36-40, M 22 Responses 3 days ago

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    Offered Magic Everything is possible

    if you close your eyes and let your mind create it The thoughts we have are the only reality we will ever know in this world Limited ability to communicate can be overcome by a physical connection Skin to skin and heart to heart we speak a universal language of pleasure The...
    Warriorpoett Warriorpoett 56-60, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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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 21 Responses Feb 2, 2014

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    So after choosing to outsource with Corky in

    America,, it was really all about talking reality and if change in our everyday life was warranted .. If we felt the same together in real time as online. Hard one I know ,, and have tried to separate the two situations just for a while ,,, Since I have been home which has been...
    saxappeal saxappeal 46-50, F 34 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    Back in 2010, if you asked me how my marriage

    was, I would have said "great". That's the year that one of my favorite artists, Ray Lamontagne, released his album, God Willing And The Creek Don't Rise. As a fan of his, I bought that album on the release date. There was a song on there that stopped me in my tracks. The...
    bdiggles bdiggles 36-40, M 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    I am feeling so angry.

    First of all , before ya'all jump on my case and tell me to get out of my marriage, stop. I can't get out, not right now. My set of circumstances is different, and i can not explain here why I can't get out. I am basically stuck. For another few years likely. But i am still...
    cleobassi cleobassi 31-35, F 9 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    Today I exercised my right to refuse sex.

    Its probably the third time I have every done this in our 12 year marriage. It all started with abuse... and more abuse... with my wife going overboard abusing my education, my general perception of life, my business sense, my concept of responsibility, etc. We have had our...
    niceind niceind 41-45, M 8 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    I've been with my love

    for 6 years. We have a 3 year old. I love him more than anything but he's never here longer than our child's bed time. I am left to myself all evening, every evening while he continues on with the social life we used to share before we were parents. We haven't had sex since...
    Cricket6290 Cricket6290 22-25, F 7 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    I remember coming to this site years ago

    and of course was amazed to see my situation being played out many times by others. The one thing that always bothered me, and of course the thing that set me apart from the others was that my refuser is not that cruel, we will work it out. I was also suffering at having...
    silvereagleman silvereagleman 46-50, M 11 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    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 46-50 186 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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    I have been with my spouse

    for 15 years and we don't have sex any more. The only time she wants to have sex is when she has been drinking, which has become a turn off to me. I wish she would take better care of herself. She is 70 lbs overweight and I don't understand how she can allow herself to be in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 12 Responses 3 days ago

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    Quick update. Things haven't quite gone to plan

    the last month or two. My wife had a positive PAP smear which is scary but not dreadful (she has a lesion but it is not actually cancerous). But she has dived into complete depression - hating her self, disgusted with her body, terrified it will come back over and over again and...
    unmatched unmatched 41-45, M 10 Responses 1 day ago

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    Sexless Marriage: Cause And Treatment

    Cause: I am absolutely convinced that, in the vast majority of cases, there are just two causes that underpin a sexless relationship in mentally and physically healthy individuals. I am writing this because I believe that identifying the mechanisms that drive certain behaviours...
    purezinc purezinc 36-40, M 15 Responses Aug 9, 2013

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    sexaddict28 sexaddict28 26-30, M 5 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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 233 Responses Apr 2, 2011

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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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    I read a sign. "Sex is like air,

    it's no big deal until you're not getting any". So very true. I'm struggling to breath. I have a sense of aloneness. I want so much to connect with someone.
    SalomeIris SalomeIris 46-50, F 9 Responses 1 day ago

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    I deleted most of my backstories

    for privacy reasons. In a nutshelll....I haven't had sex with my husband for 15 years...I had my first affair after 9 years of humiliating myself and trying to make him want me. My original plan was to leave him after my youngest left for school, in roughly 1 1/2 years. I've...
    SoDone1492 SoDone1492 46-50, F 9 Responses 4 days ago

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