10 Ways to Make a Sexless Marriage (or Longterm Relationship) Sexy Again

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 10 Comments

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By Pleasure Mechanics | Your Tango

Believe it or not, a sexless marriage isn’t doomed.

Are you in a sexless marriage? If so, you’re not alone. Recent studies conclude that about 20 percent of American couples are in a sexless relationship, defined as having sex less than ten times a year.


Many couples are thrilled if they can squeeze in sex once a month. I’ve heard from hundreds of couples who haven’t had sex in years, or even decades. Sexless marriage, it seems, is far more common than any of us want to admit. The good news? Couples in sexless marriages can choose to reconnect and rediscover a fulfilling sex life.

Related Article: 10 Ways to Heal a Sexless Marriage

Here are ten steps toward healing a sexless marriage.

1. Make the commitment to fix your relationship.

The first step towards transforming a sexless marriage is making the commitment together to do so. This is the most essential step, and a huge reality check. Do you both actually want an erotic relationship again? No matter how long it’s been since you last were sexually intimate, you can recover your erotic connection, but only if you both want to.


Sit down and have a very honest conversation about the future of your relationship. Do you want a sex life together? Is it time to end the relationship? If you both can honestly say that you want to have a sex life again, you can move on to the next step.

2. Detox your relationship.

Sometimes, life events — like having kids or taking care of elderly parents — can derail your sex life, creating a dry spell. In many cases, though, the slow build up of resentment is what causes a sexless marriage.

Do an inventory and get honest about why you have drifted from one another. Either alone or with the support of a good therapist, get your emotional issues out in the open and work toward detoxing your sex life. This step isn’t the most fun, but it’s necessary for moving forward together. Only once you’re honest about what has been holding you back can you can move forward and reconnect.

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3. Create a loving and kind environment.

Now comes the fun part of healing your sexless marriage. The first step to getting intimacy back on track is to commit to what we call a “Culture of Pleasure” in your relationship. Every relationship has a culture, created by how you treat one another day in and day out.

Make it a priority to be kind, caring and loving toward one another. Go out of your way to love and serve your partner, and be grateful when they do the same. The goal is to create an environment where you both feel loved, valued and appreciated. No deed is too small — from doing extra dishes to complimenting your partner, every moment of kindness counts.

4. Reconnect with massage.

Once you’re treating one another kindly around the house, it’s time to reconnect your bodies and start reaping the benefits of loving touch. Touch is the most powerful tool for reconnecting after living in a sexless marriage. Massage is the perfect place to start.

Set aside ten minutes and massage your partner. Make sure to take turns so you each get a chance to give and receive loving, nourishing touch. Soon, you’ll be giving one another quality massages, exchanging pleasurable touch and learning how to communicate about touch and pleasure.

5. Cuddle more and get close.

As you begin to feel the benefits of exchanging couples massage, begin experimenting with more full body contact. Get naked and cuddle. The full body skin-to-skin contact of cuddling is a powerful healing force.

Skin contact releases oxytocin, the love and bonding hormone that makes you feel happy and peaceful. Try to cuddle at least a few times a week, if not every night. Just a minute or two can be enough to create more intimacy and trust.

Related Article: Couples Who Camp Together Have Better Sex (and More Of It)

6. Tap into your fantasies.

You’re an independent erotic being. That means that your sexuality exists on its own terms as part of you. You’re a unique human being and your sexuality is unique to you. You must cultivate and care for your sexuality independent of your relationship. This means knowing yourself as an erotic creature, masturbating regularly to stay in touch with your body, and having an active fantasy life.

Your fantasies are where you get to know who you are sexually. If it’s been a long time since you allowed yourself to fantasize, take some time and tap into your fantasies. Pay attention to the common themes of your fantasies and allow yourself to feel excited by your own imagination. Give yourself permission to go wild and discover exactly what turns you on.

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  1. 1479638785638538@facebook.com' Love and relationship quotes says:

    Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

  2. 349451691806390@facebook.com' Consciousness Junkie says:

    We always love everything that helps to expand our consciousness. Thank you

  3. 10153517346257536@facebook.com' Brian Knaggs says:

    Not interested in re-kindling any old relationships thank you, my present relationship with my self is most important to me, living in the moment. The future will unfold, of this I have no doubt. <3 <3 <3 O:) O:) O:) (y) (y) (y)

  4. 1771348819765468@facebook.com' Peter Mohr says:

    Long term relationships,more often then not just need to end.Many times people get married looking to find fulfilment thru the ultimate in gender identification”having a son or daughter”or a whole litter of mini me’s.Once this has been accomplished,and often without any real fulfilment,the reasons to stay in the relationship just get weaker and weaker.The illusion is that you have invested so much ,and it would be a shame to see it lost.The truth is you are trying to make every new day into what was a yesterday.That simply does not work.Just move on.There will be a lot less suffering all the way around.If you have to work at wanting intimacy with your partner,it is likely time to throw in the towel.

  5. 224115791261322@facebook.com' Rowdy Gosztyla says:

    Greely – hectic

  6. 224115791261322@facebook.com' Rowdy Gosztyla says:

    Peter Gosztyla

  7. 277071185973281@facebook.com' Sheikh Ubaid says:

    😀

  8. 277071185973281@facebook.com' Sheikh Ubaid says:

    Alizée :v

  9. roz1968@yahoo.com' Terri says:

    The vast, vast majority of sexless marriages exist because of mismatched interests in sexual activity or their partner, and these relationships are NOT repairable. There is absolutely nothing you can do to make your partner want you. Stop reading silly articles like this one and find someone with whom true compatibility exists or learn to live alone.

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