Sexless Marriages: How Common Are They, And How Do People Cope With Them?

Sexless Marriages: How Common Are They, And How Do People Cope With Them?

Nationally representative U.S. survey data reveal that approximately 1 in 7 adults today are living in a sexless marriage, meaning they report engaging in little to no sexual activity [1, 2]. Despite how common sexless marriages are, surprisingly little research exists on the topic. So why does sexual activity decline in so many couples in the first place and how does it affect the partners? Also, what are the factors that might lead people to stay in sexless marriages despite the fact that the experience tends to be highly distressing?

 

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How Many Sexless Marriages Are There And Why Do People Stay In Them?

How Many Sexless Marriages Are There And Why Do People Stay In Them?

Data from nationally representative U.S. surveys suggests that about 1 in 7 adults are living in sexless marriages, or relationships in which the spouses report having little to no sexual activity with one another [1, 2]. Despite how common sexless marriages are, there is next to no research on this topic. For example, why does sexual activity disappear in these couples in the first place and how does it affect the partners? Also, why do so many people remain in these relationships if they find the lack of sex to be distressing? A recent study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family provides some insight into these provocative questions [3].

 

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