How To Break The Shackles Of A Sexless Marriage?
I talk to a lot of men from all around the world, almost daily over the phone. One of the most common topics of strain is the struggles they face in their love life. I will often hear from married men who have sex just a few times a year. While for others, it has been several years since the last time they made love with their spouse.
So I’ve decided to write this article for those of you finding yourselves in a sexless marriage and or/not having enough sex. If you want to understand how you got to this place and what you can do to turn it around starting today – keep reading.
Table of Contents
- What Does A Sexless Marriage Look Like?
- How Did You End Up In A Sexless Marriage?
- What Are The Consequences Of A Sexless Marriage?
- We Crave Connection
- Will a Sexless Marriage End Up In Divorce?
- Porn Is Not The Answer
- What You Can Do To Solve A Sexless Marriage
- Bonus: Erectile Dysfunction In A Sexless Marriage
- Video: Sexless Marriage
What Does A Sexless Marriage Look Like?
First, let’s work on identifying what a sexless marriage looks like. It may not always be obvious especially if you are still having sex – albeit quite infrequently. Having sex 2-3 times a year can still be defined as a sex marriage.
Are you finding that there is a lack of physical intimacy in your marriage? Maybe you are no longer physically affectionate. Small things like a touch, a hug, or shared physical closeness can often start to fade away in a sexless marriage. You might share physical space but are in a relationship that is more akin to being roommates than passionate lovers.
How Did You End Up In A Sexless Marriage?
Now one of the common lines of thought among men in a sexless marriage is “How did I end up here?” There could be a million reasons why this has happened.
Sometimes, as you grow older and figure out who you are, there is the possibility of drifting away from your partner. You suddenly find that the initial connection you shared is now broken.
Maybe you are no longer aligned in your goals and the communication is almost non-existent. This could make you question your love for each other as you realize you’re no longer on the same page about things that matter.
Take a look at what you spend most of your time on. Take stock of what your priorities are. Are you working too much? Does your marriage revolve around your children? Try to look deep within the relationship and take ownership of the situation.
Your disconnect from your partner may also be the result of a lot of repressed pain over a long period of time. This pain can develop over time from a lack of trust. Maybe there’s a lack of honesty in your relationship.
Sometimes we make promises we cannot keep – often saying one thing but doing another. This can also cause a disconnect in your relationship. It can be hard to overcome this disconnect and work on being more open in your relationship.
Another reason – and this can be a major issue – is that you find you are not fulfilling your own dreams and goals in life. This can cause resentment to build up between you and your partner ultimately leading to a sexless marriage.
What Are The Consequences Of A Sexless Marriage?
Apart from the obvious sense of loneliness and abandonment, a sexless marriage can have devastating consequences for all partners. Here, I talk about some of the most common effects a sexless marriage has on the husband and wife:
Trust will fade
When you connect with someone on a deeper level, you instinctively start to trust them. And having sex together is probably the most beautiful way to connect with your partner. Sex aligns your hearts and your spirit together.
Additionally, good sex helps release oxytocin, the feel-good hormone. And so cutting that off is denying closeness with your partner. Without this level of intimacy, it can be hard to trust your partner.
Resentment builds up
Long stretches of time without sex and the shared intimacy on that level can result in irritation and frustration that makes you passive-aggressive about small things.
We’ll often see the stereotypical bickering in long term marriages that is generally a result of lack of connection and intimacy. Sex is an important part of any partnership – without it, a slow resentment may start to build up.
Feelings of Rejection
Although a lack of sex does not directly mean rejection, consistently being withdrawn can feel like you’re being rejected over and over again. This can make you feel unworthy, and will cause your self-esteem and confidence to plummet.
Even though the lack of sex may not have anything to do with you, it can be hard not to take it personally over an extended period of time. It can feel like a blow to your masculine pride and assertiveness in life – leaving you feeling insignificant and unloved.
We Crave Connection
Apart from physical pleasure, one of the greatest reasons human beings seek out lovemaking is for connection. Not having sex is not EVERYTHING, but it is an important part of a happy and healthy relationship.
The chemicals that are released in the brain during orgasm and sex help you form a bond with your partner. That bond will form on a psychological, emotional, energetic, and spiritual level i.e. – the whole spectrum of a human being.
This is why it’s super important to have sex in marriage. It is common for long periods of celibacy to result in one or both partners being open to attention from other people. Now I’m not saying a lack of sex always leads to an affair. But these thoughts suddenly creep in far easier than before.
Or maybe you’re wondering if your partner is cheating on you? So you allow yourself an emotional affair – be it with a coworker, a neighbor, or a friend – because it’s in our nature to feel loved and accepted. When we don’t receive these things from our partners, we look for ways outside our marriage to get them.
The bottom line is this: if you’re not having sex with your spouse, you’re setting yourself up for a disaster.
Will a Sexless Marriage End Up In Divorce?
If your sexless marriage feels like it is coming to an end and you find yourself on the path to divorce; Realize that it is not solely due to a lack of sex.
Several aspects come into play – such as a general lack of connection and trust, poor communication, and overall not feeling appreciated, needed, wanted, and/or love for each other. These feelings can stem from several different issues and are not necessarily from a lack of sex.
Porn Is Not The Answer
One of the first things you may reach out for when living in a sexless marriage is porn. But this is not the solution. Don’t try to remedy a sexless marriage turning to porn. This only causes more pain, disconnection, and unresolved hurt feelings.
Why? It’s simple. What you’re going through is not a sexual problem, it’s a heart problem. And this is what you need to tackle – your heart and mind. We need to be careful about how we deal with sensitive issues.
Try to identify and get to the root of your problem. Your issues stem from one of these things: unresolved expectations, thoughts, feelings, behavioral patterns, and connections.
While there are a million different reasons that could cause deep-rooted issues in your marriage, I’m willing to bet it comes down to the reasons I mentioned above. If you need help pinpointing the cause, you’re welcome to reach out to me and we can work through it together.
But you can also start working on your problems by yourself. Meditate on some of the questions presented in this post and trace them back to yourself. You need to find the root cause!
What You Can Do To Solve A Sexless Marriage
Reading all the way here, you might be wondering how on earth will I be surviving a sexless marriage? We will get to that now. In order to start the investigation to how you ended up there, ask yourself the following important questions:
- What are your real feelings towards your spouse?
- What do you think about your spouse?
- What type of thoughts do you harbor towards them?
Do you perhaps look at your partner in a perpetually negative light? For e.g., “She’s so lazy, complaints all the time, too dramatic, etc.”. Identify your core feelings towards your partner.
Be super honest with yourself. Remember: where focus goes energy flows. What you think about your spouse is what you will get more off. Analyze your connection to your partner outside the bedroom. It’s essential to understand that women want to feel a connection with their partner outside of sex.
So if the lack of sex is getting you down, don’t just try to rush into getting physical. Take stock of your relationship with your spouse. Without a solid connection between the two of you, your sex life will undoubtedly suffer.
Think of fun ways to build a bond. Do fun things together! If you laugh together and have fun, your sex life is going to improve!
Bonus: Erectile Dysfunction In A Sexless Marriage
If you suffer from Erectile Dysfunction, this could help you. Your ED might be because you don’t really want to have sex. Or because you have mostly negative thoughts associated with your spouse. Once you take care of the heart connection the ED can go away.
I’m not saying this is necessarily you – you need to figure out your own personal situation. These are the things I help men figure out in my free training.
On that note, I leave you with a call to deeply meditate on the questions presented here. Do it every day for a week; give it at least 7 days.
For those of you who need help, and are really in trouble, go to this link below and watch the free marriage masterclass. It can help you figure out what the root problem is of your sexless marriage!
If there is any topic or question you want me to write an article on, leave a comment below.
Stay strong brothers!
Video: Sexless Marriage
Mentor at Tantric Academy
Steffo Shambo is the founder of The Tantric Man Experience. His specialty is to empower men to realize their full masculine confidence, intimate power, and depth of connection to their partner. He has helped hundreds of men from all around the world to master their sexuality and masculine essence to save their marriage or attract their soulmate relationship. All while staying completely true to themselves.