A sexless marriage is a relationship in which the couple is no longer physically intimate with one another. Some define a sexless marriage as one in which couples have sex less than 10 times a year. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including differences in sexual desire, busy schedules, or health issues. While a sexless marriage can be a source of frustration and disappointment for one or both partners, it is important to remember that satisfaction is a personal and very unique issue for each person, and some couples that do not have sex actually do have very satisfying and loving relationships. Here, we look at the issue of sexless marriages and see what they may lead to, as well as what may be done to bridge the gap between couples.



It is true that many sexless marriages end in divorce. There are a few sources that cite varying percentages, from divorce rates for sexless marriages at 50 percent to as high as about 74 percent. In any case, the rate does not shine a positive outlook on sexless marriages and the future of couples staying together. However, it is surprising to note that approximately 15.6 percent of couples considered to be in sexless marriages are still married and the rate grows higher the number of years a couple is married. Love and the meaning of marriage can take on many forms, and as a couple continues to learn more about each other over the years, the partnership can take on many other meanings and benefits, perhaps not necessarily having to be expressed in the same way.


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There are positive benefits to masturbation within the context of a sexless marriage. One of the main benefits of masturbation is that it allows individuals to explore their own bodies and desires without compromising our own curiosity for the sake of the other partner. When we are in a relationship, it can be easy to focus on our partner's pleasure and neglect our own. Masturbation gives us the opportunity to understand what we like and don't like. There may be future opportunities to communicate these preferences to our partner, ultimately leading to a more satisfying and fulfilling sex life within the marriage.

Another benefit of masturbation is that it can help to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Orgasms have been shown to release endorphins, which can reduce anxiety and improve mood. In a sexless marriage, masturbation can provide an outlet for stress and can help individuals feel more relaxed and at ease.

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It is also important to remember that a sexless marriage does not necessarily mean that the love and affection between a couple has dissipated. Many couples in sexless marriages still show love and affection for one another, such as hugging and holding hands. While a sexless marriage can be a source of frustration, masturbation can be a healthy way for individuals to explore their own sexuality and reduce stress. It can be done in a way that is respectful and considerate of the feelings of their partner. It can also be important for couples to communicate openly and seek the help of a professional, if necessary, in order to address an underlying issue and find ways to reconnect with one another. Sexless marriages are not the end of the world but at least addressing it is the start of a road back to a healthy relationship.

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