Your Call: Why Won’t My Boyfriend Sleep with Me?

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Dear Em & Lo,

I am writing for a few reasons, and hoping to get some straight advice. First, I have been with my boyfriend for about 2 years. I’m 23 and he’s 29. It was kind of a crazy situation, but he swept me off my feet and we lived together pretty immediately. I was head over heels with him when we met and those first few months of sex were amazing.

Now, we have settled into that old married couple state, where there is little excitement and lots of routine (you know, where you do nothing fun anymore and have tv shows you watch on certain days of the week).

Here is the problem. Where we used to have amazing, spontaneous sex several times a week, now it has dwindled to once a month, if that, and currently a record of six weeks with ZERO sex. Not even a hint or suggestion of it on his end. He says I bring it up too much, and while I do try to initiate it a few times a week, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for the man I love to want to make love to me! But he continues to reject me with excuses or just a flat out “no.”

I don’t understand what could make a guy suddenly have no interest in sex! I have researched it and talked it out and fought with him about it so many times, I am at a loss. I have tried it all; even sex games and naughty lingerie have no effect!

We both work and are stressed out at times, but we usually have plenty of time together in the evenings and weekends, when it would be a perfect time to get it on! I love sex, and I love sex with my boyfriend, but this is causing such a strain on us, I don’t know how much longer I can take it. I am tempted to cheat on him with a former lover just to be able to get off without using one of my growing collection of sex toys!

Help me out! What should I do??

— Six Week Drought

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25 Comments on "Your Call: Why Won’t My Boyfriend Sleep with Me?"

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I have a similar situation… I have been with my boyfriend for 4 and 1/2 years and we are still yet to have sex. I have tried everything that I can to try and spice things up in the bedroom like toys and sexy lingerie but he always seems to hold back. At the beginning of the relationship we did some sexual things (to me) on a regular basis but that’s sort of dwindled and now months go past without anything happening at all. And to top it off he won’t let me touch him either… I don’t really know… Read more »
Dear Steve from Sept 18th, I really feel for your situation! I would give anything to find a man like u! I recently left a relationship of 13 yrs. I still loved him very much the day I left him and to this day has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do! I just couldn’t stay with someone that doesn’t love me, u see I did everything for this man, and when I say everything I mean everything! When he was in the shower I got his clothes ironed and had his towel and outfit ready for… Read more »
David B

I am 76 , registering 0 testerone , but I still wan’t sex and plenty of it . I do not think it is normal for a man not to want it at least once a week or more . Living together is not a really good idea on a longterm basis . It could be that your boyfriend is tired of your relationship .
You should talk about it openly with him , see a sex therapist of arrange to leave him .


Your Man won’t sleep with you because you stink in bed and/or you aren’t appealing. Or maybe you only want sex when you want it, not when he does so he is masturbating the rest of the time?

Have a nice day.

David B. Hicks, Sr.

She also told me later that she loved me, but wasn’t in love with me. She is the one who suggested that we separate. I told her that would end in a divorce, since I wasn’t going to live like a room mate with a woman who did not want to have sex, unless we agreed that was the way we wanted it.

David B. Hicks, Sr.
I have been married for almost 30 1/2 years. When my wife and I married, we couldn’t keep our hands off of each other. 27 years in she tells me she was molested by a family member, had a flashback during sex and no longer desired sex. I didn’t make an issue of it because I had a stressful job and untreated depression, so I had very little desire. Within the past two years things started to get better, my depression was treated and I changed jobs. My libido returned, so I asked for sex. She refused and told me… Read more »
A Different Steve
Steve (September 18th, 2012 at 11:28 pm), I can feel your pain for I was in almost the same type of relationship. For my wife, sex came last. Dead last. As in after the dishes are done. After her TV programs are over (never during a Lifetime movie, Oprah, Dr.Phil, Dr.Oz, Rachael Ray, etc). Never during a crime show. Or a war movie. Or a romantic comedy. Or a commercial. Her TV was her lover, and I was just a way to satisfy her physically. It finally got to the point where I’d go to kiss her goodnight and she’d… Read more »