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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. 50,918 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 43 Responses Jan 11, 2012

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    pointbreakgirl pointbreakgirl 41-45, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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 152 Responses Nov 15, 2012

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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 435 Responses Dec 27, 2007

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    After the blow up last weekend,

    and several days of avoidance, this morning he acts like nothing ever happened. The standard fair, really. Fly under the radar of the irrational, demanding wife, and things will go back to normal. Proceed with usual charm and disillusion. Except I have my first appointment...
    MissInhard MissInhard 41-45, F 13 Responses 2 days ago

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    Pandas (I am on an animal kick) Okay.

    Okay, little black and white cuddly bears. We get it. You are adorbs. You are also - lazy as ****. This is why you are going extinct. Why are we "why" chasing pandas? http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/04/why-panda-sex-is-so-complex/
    jmx46578 jmx46578 36-40, F 4 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Another milestone. Last night,

    I told my parents about the split. . If it sounds a little weird that I waited almost a month - it's not. This is pretty normal for my family. We aren't the most communicative lot. We talk on the phone about once a month - and I'm almost always the one to initiate the call...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 23 Responses 1 day ago

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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...
    Zincore Zincore 36-40, M 11 Responses Feb 23, 2014

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    I really would rather be alone

    and celibate than paired up and celibate.
    GrantGeek GrantGeek 46-50, F 18 Responses 5 days ago

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    Hi everybody!!!! Just a quick update about my x

    assown! There is no doubt my x refuser is gay!!! He has recently blown thru several so called "relationships" (haaaaa) because they wanted sex and he couldn't consumate! He actually just texted me that he ran from his most recent "relationship" (like any of us give a f...
    pointbreakgirl pointbreakgirl 41-45, F 4 Responses 2 days 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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    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 101 Responses Feb 13, 2007

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    I've known people who admit having regrets

    about past sexual encounters. They were drunk, submitted to pressure, acted impulsively/compulsively, or thought a partner was worthy who turned out not. For some, saying no is very difficult even just for fear of hurting the others feelings, and sex of some sort is easier to...
    AnythngIsPossibl AnythngIsPossibl 41-45, M 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    Update: I did it! Originally I planned to tell

    my husband later in the week, that I want a divorce but when he came to bed at 3 am he complained about his kidneys hurting. All I could think about was if he ends up in the hospital I will never have the guts to tell him I want out. So I decided right there and then tonight...
    Bballgirl1971 Bballgirl1971 41-45, F 40 Responses Sep 15, 2015

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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...
    Zincore Zincore 36-40, M 20 Responses Aug 17, 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 41 Responses Nov 11, 2013

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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 74 Responses Mar 18, 2013

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    A test of

    Oppositeland ----------------------- Since my ex-refuser and I have pets together, we agreed that I could come visit at his place occasionally, since they live with him. This past weekend, I made my first pet visit. This is after having had The Talk 3 weeks ago. . Yesterday...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 22 Responses 5 days ago

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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 35 Responses Mar 31, 2015

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    For those who got out.

    .. do you ever wish you would have done counseling before getting divorced? when I divorced, I didn't really get answers, or closure. I played nice in order to get a quick divorce from him. he did want counseling but I refused. I sorta realize why he married me, but sometimes I...
    TinyMouse TinyMouse 26-30, F 18 Responses 2 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 51-55, F 72 Responses Feb 3, 2014

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    How many of you have threatened to leave

    or have actually left & then all of a sudden your spouse *finds their sex drive again?! My marriage has been almost completely sexless for over 5 years, I ended the marriage 3 weeks ago but since then we've had sex almost daily?? I've explained that this won't change anything...
    Curiousmissy Curiousmissy 31-35, F 33 Responses 6 days ago

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    I was in a double bind.

    I couldn't bring up the topic of sex while I was with her, because I knew she'd go on the offensive. Either that, or she'd make me crazy telling me that I was just imagining things. I didn't even feel safe talking about it when we were in couple's counseling. I couldn't...
    BinaryBill BinaryBill 61-65, M 8 Responses 19 hrs 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 60 Responses Jan 6, 2013

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    Feeling impatient. Today I want to move on

    and have a real relationship again. I'm expecting fear / nervousness / doubt again soon....,
    Flotsam101 Flotsam101 41-45, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    He's great. He's handsome.

    He's attractive. I still feel a small tingle when he changes in front of me, but I feel like he hates sex. We've been married for almost five years and dating almost two years before that. There was always an excuse. From waiting until marriage, to stress, to being in pain (he...
    Aytozed Aytozed 26-30, F 22 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    the past week has been nice.

    after an attempt to have sex my partner disclosed that he just doesn't like lady parts. he says he likes mine, but not vjays jn general. Hes not gay either. I think he's a sexual. but ive spent the last 24 hours daydreaming about the guy i slept with before and the chemistry we...
    CassieSamuel CassieSamuel 22-25, F 12 Responses 6 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 47 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    http://hellogiggles.com/alarm-clock-*******/ Today in things that exist: This alarm clock that wakes you up with an ****** On average, most of us hit the “snooze” button on our alarm clocks about 98274987234 times every morning. OK, maybe that’s a *slight* hyperbole, but...
    TexasFreebird TexasFreebird 46-50, M 4 Responses 7 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 51 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    Promises, seduce, tease,

    marriage, then denial!
    magic7 magic7 61-65, M 9 Responses 4 days ago

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    Ramblings from a restless mind- I was

    thinking about why some leave their misery and others stay. I partially remembered a quote and went on a search for it. I found it, by Thoreau from "Walden". "I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live...
    Jim44444 Jim44444 61-65, M 18 Responses 3 days 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 294 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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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 59 Responses May 14, 2012

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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...
    Zincore Zincore 36-40, M 15 Responses Aug 9, 2013

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    Is there anyone who ever hear this?

    Do you even bother to respond or do you feel as if you are crazy for expecting it? "You are responsible for your own happiness" - said when he forgot birthday/anniversary or didn't do anything to make the day special. "According to you, everything is my fault" or "Yes, use...
    lbncb lbncb 41-45 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    :| -> :D The first photograph I saw of

    Unjusted, here on EP, had her smiling a funny smile that stuck in my memory. I kept teasing her for a long time about the “straight mouth smile”. Lips closed, her face looked pretty much like this “:|” . It took me a while to get her to show her teeth while...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight 41-45, M 11 Responses 2 days ago

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    Quitter My husband after seeing

    that I filed for divorce with the clerk of courts and it became real, called me a quitter. He said I always quit everything. I know that this is not true after being married to a man for almost 23 years and trying and hoping he would change. Eventually I did give up, "quit...
    Bballgirl1971 Bballgirl1971 41-45, F 53 Responses Nov 20, 2015

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    I've been thinking a lot about an object.

    My husband's fleshlight. When he first asked whether the sex part of our marriage could be over, one of his reasons was that he could just get himself off a lot easier with his own hand. He also liked not having to worry about another person's pleasure. Truly what he said. Fast...
    momtonandg momtonandg 46-50, F 24 Responses 5 days ago

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    Everything went how I thought it would at the

    lawyer's appointment. One thing I didn't think about was that he said I should get my will done right away and change the beneficiaries of certain things, in order protect my son. I'm glad for the legal advice, even if it mainly only confirmed my understanding of my rights etc...
    MissInhard MissInhard 41-45, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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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 46-50 181 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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    No more STBX Well it's official I am a single

    lady today. I went down to the courthouse by myself just like everything else I usually do. I appeared in front of of judge with my attorney my H waived his right to answer which was a good thing. I'm finally free and at peace from being under the same roof as him but being...
    Bballgirl1971 Bballgirl1971 41-45, F 39 Responses Jan 20

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    Chemistry - Inspired by a recent post,

    I've thought about "chemistry" and wondered why it's something that can't be controlled. Why am I attracted to some men and numb to others? - I've dated a few men recently who are perfectly nice guys - good-looking, smart, kind, and single - but I feel nothing. There's no...
    CherishMe2 CherishMe2 56-60, F 17 Responses 6 days ago

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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...
    Zincore Zincore 36-40, M 4 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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