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I've been married to my husband for 3 years now and we have an almost non existent sex life. I can't pin point what exactly is the problem but I can take a stab at a few things. We have 2 small babies, he works 2 jobs, exhaustion and not to mention our marriage has been suffering due to his alcoholism. We are probably intimate about 3 times a month. :-( We are both 30 and I feel like I'm in my prime. I'm very sexual (well used to be) but I still have that passion and drive inside of me. His mojo is completely gone. The only time we ever have sex is when "HE" feels like doing it, which is very rare these days. I feel very neglected and lonely. I've shared my feelings with him, but he doesn't do anything about it. I've even considered talking to a sex therapist because of this. I feel intimacy not only physically but emotionally as well is very important to our marriage.
Any suggestions on what I could do to get him to realize how important this is?
Invisible - you mention alcoholism...does he have a bottle of wine a night and go to bed slightly 'sozzled' and wants to sleep or has he gone beyond that where he simply can't function without alcohol and starts drinking when he gets up?
Whilst it certainly isn't an excuse, I, as a male, can certainly understand how two jobs and two babies can kill sexual interest!
He might be thinking that the two babies are getting more 'interest' from you than he is...coupled with his 2 jobs and excess drinking.
However, he has a responsibility to himself and you and his children.
I know it might be hard, but you have BOTH got to make intimate time for each other. Even if it is just once a week, to start with.
My wife turned me away and it has had a long term negative effect on our marriage. Please don't do down the same route.
Talk to him...tell him how much you love him, tell him his lifestyle is ruining your marriage...tell him YOU will make more of an effort but that you want HIM to make the effort too. Takes two to tango!
See how you get on....if you dont get anywhere, maybe think about counselling.... Good luck!
Hi 7737. He does not drink daily. He used to, however now he binge drinks.
I've had many many talks with him about our sex life and how important it is that we MAKE the time for each other, but it's just not on his priority list. If he wanted to, he would. But he doesn't make any effort. It's gotten to the point where he becomes upset because he says my focus is always on sex. Well it kind of is, because I have needs and i'm supposed to go to my husband for these needs, but he's not taking care of my needs. So i'm really frustrated because now I find myself fantasizing about being with someone else or I catch myself reminiscing on past relationships where the sex was healthy and abundant.
Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.
7737 brings up important questions...What was your sex life like when you were dating and first married? How old are the babies? Are you on birth control now?
Your husband could be afriad of you having another baby. He could also be dealing with a physical problem like low testosterone (have his Dr check him) as well as being truly exhausted by 2 jobs. Is there anyway he can cut back on one of the jobs or at least work a few less hours or is money really tight?
Our sex life was great in the beginning. But I think alcohol had a lot to do with that now that I'm looking back. I think the alcohol helped his sex drive. However, his alcohol abuse has become a huge problem so he's trying to stop drinking on a regular basis, but now only binge drinks. (that's a whole other issue).
We have a 2 year old active boy and a 6 month old daughter. I carry more of the burden with the kids, while he works full time at an office job, while the other job he telecommutes and travels a lot for work, not to mention he is going to college a few nights a week as he has 1 year left to get his Bachelors. So the guy is a workaholic. Yes money is tight, so we do need the income.
Without the intimacy in our marriage, I truly feel like we've become more like roommates rather than lovers. I do not feel desired and starting to feel like less of a woman. I've talked to him and expressed my feelings but it's obvious that he just "doesn't get it".
I didn't think to have his testosterone levels checked. That's a good idea. Thank you.
Having such a young family, working 2 jobs AND going to school is enough to cause major stress for anyone!
It's good to see that at least with the school thing, there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
While I know you're doing alot with the kids, is there anything else you maybe can do to de-stress him? How about a massage for 10 mins with no expectation of sex? Perhps tell him you'll rub his shoulders in bed until he falls asleep?
My vote is the drinking is the symptom of a much larger problem. He's drinking to cover up some sort of pain. And if he's so busy doing that AND working two jobs no wonder sex has gone to the back burner.
Apparently there is such a thing as too tired for sex, as I'm laying here in bed after a date night (dinner & movie) with my husband and conversation about how tonight we're going to "have sex" and now were laying in bed, NO SEX and he's snoring. I'm very sexually frustrated right now and it's brewing. I'm so angry but I refuse to beg my husband for sex! He is too tired to have sex with me and it's very sad!!! I'm beginning to really resent him. I feel like he just doesn't give a **** about my needs what so ever! I just don't know what to do anymore. Posted via Mobile Device
Can you "schedule" sex and build it up, and on date nights if that happens a lot, him falling asleep, do it before y'all go out, or even make sex the whole date if its that far and few between... I do think people can be just exhausted. I imagine him going to college is more than just the 6 hours he's in classes. But it sounds like y'all are drifting apart.. how is the sex when it does happen? All of what your H has going on is going to last at least a year. A lot of damage can be done in a year... He needs to learn to incorporate intimacy with his W and you with him.