According to experts, 20 million American couples are in sexless marriages and one out of every three couples struggles with mismatched sexual desire. Complaints about low desire are the number one problem brought to sex therapists.
Also, some psychologists say about 20 percent of married couples have sex fewer than 10 times a year! On average, married couples have sex 58 times a year. That's a little more than once a week.
And if you’ve been thinking that low sexual desire is only a woman’s thing… think again. Many sex experts believe that low sexual desire in men is one of America’s best kept secret.
Here are some things you may not know about sexless relationships:
• Sexless relationships do not have to mean no sex at all. They can also mean infrequent or seldom sex
• Just because your spouse doesn't want to have sex with you doesn't mean that they stopped loving you
• If your spouse stopped having sex with you it doesn't mean they’re having an affair
• You can get the sex back into your relationship if you just make up your mind to do so
Sex is an extremely important part of marriage. When it’s good, it offers couples opportunities to give and receive physical pleasure, to connect emotionally and spiritually. It builds closeness, intimacy and a sense of partnership. It defines their relationship as different from all others. In short, sex is a powerful tie that binds.
To sustain a loving connection, psychologist Dr. Robin Smith says couples should invest in their marital ATM account. Just like a cash ATM, a couple's relationship needs regular deposits if they hope to get anything out of it.
"Courage means action," says Dr. Smith. "Right now, all you're doing is drifting apart. … [Ask yourself], 'What am I afraid of?' That's why you need courage. This is about facing fears. It’s about healing yourself."
It's common for spouses to have different amounts of sexual desire.
If you’re the spouse whose libido has been lacking, you need to recognize that the most powerful sexual organ in the human body is the one between your ears. Closely examine what's going on in your life and your relationship and ask yourself why.