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Old 25th January 2018, 5:44 PM   #1
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In Love With Different Sex Drives, My Wife Gave Me A Pass

Hi,

I'm looking to network with people in similar situations, or get some advise from others who know how this works.

My wife and I have been married for over a dozen years. We have two young kids and are very ambitious with our own careers (both business owners). We've had some ups and downs like any marriage, I suppose, and had a big bump in our relationship about three years ago. We went through counseling at the time and fought hard to keep our heads and make it work, which we did. I believe we came out stronger because of it. We still love each other, make each other laugh and enjoy raising two amazing kids together.

However, there's one thing that has changed over the last few years. We both have acknowledged it and are trying to work through it. My wife believes she's going through early menopause, which has depleted her sex drive. I on the other hand, still think she's hot as hell and want just as much sex as we used to have (at least a few times a week). It's safe to say we are two creative, attractive and open-minded people, but haven't strayed from our relationship beyond an occasional flirtation.

We both used to love sex often and when we had it, it was almost always amazing. We'd even do things like watch adult movies together and experiment with different toys and fantasies, etc. But over the last few years, that has all pretty much gone away. She tells me she just isn't that into IT anymore, but I'm getting the feeling she's just not that into ME. I get tired of asking and getting rejected, so I pretty much have stopped asking. We've gone from having sex 2 to 3 times a week to about once a month.

Recently, on a trip together in Europe, we had a lot of time to talk about it. One night, after a few glasses of wine and a long conversation, she gave me a pass to have flings with others. She said she knew her sex drive was no longer as strong as it used to be and that she has a more "European sensibility" when it comes to sex. Therefore, she said it wouldn't upset her if I found other avenues to have fun, as long as it didn't turn into anything other than sex. In other words, "go have your fun, but don't forget where your home and your real love is." She just doesn't want to know about it.

While this all sounds great on paper and somewhat hard to believe, I have no clue how to do it. I was raised to always be faithful and I still love her completely. I would never do anything to jeopardize our family. Like I said before, our sex together is spectacular when we have it. But lately, we just don't connect much. With everything going on in our careers and our family, the times when we get to have even meaningful conversations are rare.

I absolutely love having sex, but not just the act. I love the anticipation. I love the flirting. I love the conversation. I love everything that leads up to it. It makes me feel alive and human.

I also miss it. A LOT. Am I supposed to just live with that? Is it wrong to explore the idea of taking her up on her offer?

Recently, I've started some great non-sexual relationships and conversations with other women. I've felt a mutual attraction with a couple of them and could have likely taken it further, but I didn't. How do you even broach this subject with others without looking like just another creepy married guy looking to cheat on his wife? How can you keep things discreet, while still putting yourself out there? I have to say: I'm a pretty picky guy and must be attracted to someone, both physically and intellectually, before anything sexual happens. That's just who I am. Frankly, I never anticipated being in this situation again, but here I am.

Like I said, I know this likely sounds like BS to most of you, and that's why I feel like I'm alone in the wilderness. Is there anyone else out there in this situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 25th January 2018, 6:47 PM   #2
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This could really be the case. There are plenty of dating sites to do what you are looking at doing.

I would suggest counseling first to see what has happened in your marriage. Try and fix you sex life first.

Down the road, would you be ok with your wife having sex with another man?

The other thing is a few wives when they cheat will slow down or stop the frequency of sex with their husbands. Check into this, the offer while on vacation might just be because she already is seeing others.

Your choice on what to do, you need to figure thing out completely first.

Also don’t hide what you do from her. If she is doing this she needs to be involved with you. That’s the only way to do something like this.
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Old 25th January 2018, 7:20 PM   #3
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Thanks USA. I appreciate the response. We actually talked about "swinging" together, but we both agreed it would have to be the absolute right situation, with the right people ... and far away from home, so we don't run into anyone we know. haha

I really don't think she's cheating. We're pretty open with each other about everything. She often asks me to look things up for her on her email or her phone. I'm sure I would see evidence of cheating there. But I'm also not seeing any red flags, other than the lack of sex. And I know she's been talking to her doctor about menopause and her mom had the same issues at the same age.

Not sure how counseling will help, when everything else seems to be fine. Also, we've seen counselors in the past and mostly walked away thinking it was a waste of money.

I've researched some sites and even joined a local swinging chat group, anonymously. The problem is, most women in these groups frown on single males hooking up without their wives. That's the catch-22.

I often can't believe I'm doing this, exploring the idea or even chatting anonymously about it. Just trying to make sense of it all I guess. I often feel like I'm being selfish or lacking will power to just turn off my sex drive, but I'm not sure that's possible or even healthy.

Anyway, thank again.
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Old 25th January 2018, 7:27 PM   #4
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I love the anticipation. I love the flirting. I love the conversation. I love everything that leads up to it. It makes me feel alive and human.
There's a word for those actions, it's called a relationship. As in the one you already have with your wife.

If your wife didn't think you were romantic enough, would you consider having someone come over to cuddle her and whisper sweet nothings?

No, Nein, Nada, Nyet, Negatory and Nohow. What you're describing would be the end of married life as you know it.

Tell her "Thanks honey, but I prefer to put all my energy into this relationship"...

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Old 25th January 2018, 7:49 PM   #5
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No, Nein, Nada, Nyet, Negatory and Nohow.
Yep, I'm pretty used to hearing that. haha

I'm putting in the energy for sure. Have been for quite some time now. However, I often feel like more of a pest than a husband working on a relationship. And I hate making her feel uncomfortable or guilty for not wanting sex, hence why I've stopped asking.
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Maybe she is not wanting it home because she is getting
it on the side.
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she doesnt want to have more sex with you she wants less but you guys are talking swinging.....does that feel right to you

intimacy can be achieved in other ways one on one you and her than hiding the hotdog somewhere else.....or playing with someone else hot dog...before you start swinging your penis.......and her kittty kat....ill give you a possible scenario...your marriage might end...is it worth that.....be prepared for your marriage to end.....and that is a distinct possibility...you want excitement and more sex....find your romance and the flirtations in your own relationship because if you cant or dont...it is either dead or dying...resuscitate..breathe life where there is decay and dont stop bringing romance and intimacy back again...either one of you........stat
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Maybe she is not wanting it home because she is getting it on the side.
Look, anything's possible I guess, but I'm pretty confident that's not the case. We both run our own businesses from home, so we pretty much know where the other one is 24/7. If anything, we may spend too much time together. haha

I'm curious if there are any women on here who can speak to the pre-menopausal issue. Does it make sense that she has lost her drive and desire?
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Look, anything's possible I guess, but I'm pretty confident that's not the case. We both run our own businesses from home, so we pretty much know where the other one is 24/7. If anything, we may spend too much time together. haha

I'm curious if there are any women on here who can speak to the pre-menopausal issue. Does it make sense that she has lost her drive and desire?
i am possibly pre menopausal..my body keeps changing.my drive has not changed...i am however celibate so its actually controlled.....lots of women lose their drive from knowing older women around me....theres a physical change in the vagina can often be dry and painful on intercourse.....there's also the emotional hormonal change because it is called the change of life for a reason...in my mind and personality however......this is where the woman may have to work a little harder to understand her husbands needs over her own desire to pull back sexually..and a husband will have to a little more patient and understanding and get used to knowing which lube tastes good and most natural to him.....as he pleasures his wife orally....gently with a luscious wet tongue as he whispers how yummy she tastes like bubblegum........yeah...my sex drive is alive still.....just kicked me in the guts...putting it to bed now....


...as far as being premenopausal and thinking of swinging to fix things.....ummm...thats a first for me and ....feels off.....and if... something your wife is considering.......she may not be emotionally sound or logical at the moment...were you drunk when you discussed it and was she.....deb
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she doesnt want to have more sex with you she wants less but you guys are talking swinging.....does that feel right to you
No. It doesn't. Hence the problem.

I agree about bringing romance back in. I love romance, but to be perfectly frank, she hates it. As she's gotten older she's been more focused on her business and less on anything intimate. She often talks about how much she "hates feelings." She doesn't like to cuddle or do anything intimate. If a guy does this, it perceived as normal, but flip the gender roles and all of a sudden she's sleeping around.

I used to take this personally, but I've learned to accept who she is and work on myself to find happiness elsewhere (e.g. taking care of the kids, creative endeavors, business, etc). I'm a work in progress. That doesn't mean I don't love her, or that we still don't find opportunities to connect, because we do. They're just fewer and farther apart.

I guess by your definition, our marriage is dead. I'm more optimistic than that and will fight on. It's hard work, but worth it.
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...as far as being premenopausal and thinking of swinging to fix things.....ummm...thats a first for me and ....feels off.....and if... something your wife is considering.......she may not be emotionally sound or logical at the moment...were you drunk when you discussed it and was she.....deb
Yes, we were drinking at the time and trying to find ways to rev things up. I really don't think either of us were serious, because neither of us are necessarily good in crowds of people we don't know. I can't imagine doing that naked. haha

Your experience sounds a lot like what she's experiencing. Like I said, I'm trying to understand and be sensitive to it. I'll keep at it.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Just curious, how old is she? Iím late 40ís, not sure if Iím pre menopause or not??? But dang, 40ís have been the best, sex drive way up, could be due to healthy eating and exercise, does she exercise? That could help her to wake things up again?
But Iíll say this, my husband lost interest a long time ago, married for years. I feel like Iím still pretty ďhotĒ for my age, Iím not for affairs and never thought Iíd go there, but had a short fling with a MM last year and and may happen again as things are getting heated up again, Iím trying to control myself but all I can think about is getting it on with him...ugh...not sure this helped but Iím following your thread
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No. It doesn't. Hence the problem.

I agree about bringing romance back in. I love romance, but to be perfectly frank, she hates it. As she's gotten older she's been more focused on her business and less on anything intimate. She often talks about how much she "hates feelings." She doesn't like to cuddle or do anything intimate. If a guy does this, it perceived as normal, but flip the gender roles and all of a sudden she's sleeping around.

I used to take this personally, but I've learned to accept who she is and work on myself to find happiness elsewhere (e.g. taking care of the kids, creative endeavors, business, etc). I'm a work in progress. That doesn't mean I don't love her, or that we still don't find opportunities to connect, because we do. They're just fewer and farther apart.

I guess by your definition, our marriage is dead. I'm more optimistic than that and will fight on. It's hard work, but worth it.
your marriage is dead when you sign the divorce papers...even then i have known of rare cases even marriages that have died with divorce can be resurrected.....im disgusted in myself that you think i said your marriage is dead......and i apologise with the fact i didnt make my words clear.....i feel the opposite is true.....you are on a relationship site seeking advice and support which shows you care about your marriage and your wife....if you feel disrespected or that i attacked your marriage or not supported by me please believe i am very much with your marriage just needs some tlc...but not with swinging ...i think and feel that your wife may regret that option.and yes swinging is actually pretty horrid....i was paid to swing at parties on occasion years and years ago by rich bored men....and swinging in no way in my experience ......have anything to do with real intimacy and romance....

as an escort (i am no longer one will never be again)...many men like you whose wife had turned from them ...spent time with me when i was a young hooker......had a visit from a wife actually.....an abusive one.....she had changed her mind about her husband seeing hookers.....because he fell in love with me i refused to spend time with him as he wanted me to be his alone....i did not want to split up a marriage or lead the guy on....his wife marched in caught me sitting on the steps between jobs.......and called me every name she could think of under the sun..threatened to kill me.......i asked her..why did you tell him to see hookers......she huffed and walked out....which was lucky because security was on its way and i would have had to defend her...and i didnt like her that much..i never saw him or her again....i am hoping they worked it out...adn didnt do stupid things again....


...cherish your marriage ...you and your wife...because no one else ....really can like you guys can...no one on earth has mor einvestment than you an her....and god ..he cherishes your union..

you and her against the world .....keep that in your heart........good luck rambunctious.....are you impulsive?.is that why you have rambunctious as a user name....deb
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Just curious, how old is she? Iím late 40ís, not sure if Iím pre menopause or not??? But dang, 40ís have been the best, sex drive way up, could be due to healthy eating and exercise, does she exercise? That could help her to wake things up again?
We're both in our 40's, me late 40's, her early. We're both in pretty good shape, we exercise and eat healthy.

I can relate. It's really hard trying to keep my mind off of sex. I wish she felt that way too.
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Tread lightly...

Tread lightly...

First off, it is possible that this could work, possible. And some people have made this work.

Second, you answered one of the main concerns yourself. She does not want to have sex with you. Now if that is really the issue, you have way bigger problems than your sex life. Why does she not want to have sex with you?

Third, maybe she is not cheating, but most, by a large margin, of women that suggest this, are cheating. Or they are thinking about cheating. Those are just the facts.

Forth, stop acting like a kid in a candy store. I mean please. This all sounds great up front but think about this.
a) What happens when she finds a lover? How are you going to feel about that? And she wants to have as much sex with that love as she can, and any sex at home completely dries up? And she will find a lover, make no mistake.

b) What about the emotional closeness of your marriage, which is your primary relationship?

c) What if you develop feelings for another woman and actually start a relationship with her? Or what if your wife does?

So can you answer those questions yet. I think I can answer some of them or give you some general advise.

Sex is easy to find, that is not a problem if you are a decent looking guy and you are decent in the sack.

But I have had multiple relationships at the same time and no matter how it starts, and how "open" the woman is... Many of them want will start to want you full time and exclusively. It just happens.

Can you deal with that?

You really have a lot to think about. Frankly I don't think you are really at the "my sex drive is gone, go screw someone else" stage.

There may be relationship issues that she is hiding. And I would like to know what the "Bump" in the marriage was, if there was no infidelity, what was it.

There is a book call, I think, "Where did my sex drive go". Many woman say that it really helped them.

There is a lot that a woman can do if they want to, in order to get your sex drive back.

My Current GF is 60 and she is POST MP and there is nothing wrong with her sex drive. She is actually giving me a run for my money lately. That is something that almost no woman has been able to do...

I'm just saying, check in to all of this, deeply, do your research, and think...
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