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Sexless Marriage and Divorce - Does Lack of Intimacy Lead to Marital Breakdown?

February 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 217

If you are in a sexless relationship you might be worried this situation will not change and you will be left in a loveless marriage for the rest of your life. This train of thought of course leads down the path of thinking about a divorce - and no matter how heartfelt your vows were, a lack of intimacy unravels a marriage - but does it actually cause divorce? Are sexless marriages & divorce strongly linked or is there more at play?

In a study done a few years back the major causes of divorce in a large ranging study of divorcees came up with some interesting facts and percentages for the major reasons for divorce such as:

Communication problems (27%)Incompatibility/drifting apart (21%) (Includes loss of love, trust and changed values and lifestyle demands or desires) Sexual incompatibility (2%)Infidelity (20%)Alcohol & Drug Abuse (3-11%)Family Violence (35%) (nearly all women claimed this as the reason) Mental or Physical Health (5%)Work (3%)

From this we can see that sexual incompatibility (which we can assume can mean a sexless relationship in some cases) is actually very low at only 2%! You might be lead to believe that this means sexless couples are either very rare, or that they do not in many cases lead to a divorce.

I beg to differ. While marriages without sexual intimacy are not common they are not so uncommon to be considered rare or statistically irrelevant. The causes for marriages that lack sexual activity are also quite well represented in this survey. What people put down on a survey might be the stuff that leads to a sexless marriage but they put that down rather than admitting to sexual problems.

For instance:

Communication problems are one of the prime causes of people not connecting intimately, leading in some cases to less sex, or in extreme cases sexless marriages.Incompatibility is code words screaming out about sexual problems. Most people will claim to be drifting apart if they no longer have sex as well as other parts of their life so many sexless marriages could be in this statistic.Infidelity is also another big one and something that often happens in sexless marriages. Sometimes for years one partner is having an affair to fulfil their sexual desires before it comes to a head and divorce happens.

Now these statistics do not prove that sexless marriages & divorce are linked - but they do point out a lot of correlations that are quite telling. I my opinion, many sexless marriages will end in divorce because a loveless marriage does not stand the test of time.

Some marriages struggle through this problem and find a solution though, and others do not and end up miserable or in divorce. So if you are in a sexless marriage & divorce is not something you want to go through, then click below and find out more about surviving a sexless relationship.

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