Satisfaction depends on attitude more than on what a person has or doesn't have. Some people would say that if they are getting enough sex and enough to eat they are fine, but once they have those things they realize that despite getting the amount of sex they want, they aren't getting it in exactly the way they want it. The same goes with food. Once they are no longer hungry they want more variety in their diet, so they want more steak and roasted rather than steamed vegetables or whatever. Once they get that, they become dissatisfied with the location and want to have sex on the beach and dinner overlooking Puget Sound. It goes on and on.
I am not saying that this is wrong, and I am sure that it does happen.
However, for me, if the sexual side of the relationship is off, then the relationship is off. It really is that simple.
Maybe I am older, maybe more experienced, maybe less tolerant of BS, maybe all that and more.
However, if sex is not up to its usual greatness, then we are talking about it. We are going to figure out what is wrong, and we are going to do it pretty quick.
I really cannot have a rewarding relationship, if the romantic/sexual/affectionate side is not working.
Not that you could not have other aspects go wrong, and those be issues as well. But if this area is a problem then pretty much THERE IS A PROBLEM.
And, it is not that it is the most important thing, but it is ONE of the most important things.
Example, if Fiancé did not like to cuddle when we sleep, (we hold each other most of the night) that would be an issue for me. Frankly, I think I might be able to deal with it if there was a good reason... But something would have to replace that part of intimacy.
Really, I am not saying that I could get by without that but I might try.
If sex was taking off of the table, and there was not a super good reason and super good accommodations made for that, the relationship is over.
Frankly, if I am in a relationship, and sex stopped, I am not sure I could continue even if she agreed to an open relationship. Because if I am in a relationship, I want to have sex with you. Otherwise, I might as well be single...