Sexless marriage

A sexless marriage is a marriage in which little or no sex occurs between the two partners. The US National Health and Social Life Survey in 1994 (Laumann et al. 1994) found that 2 percent of the married respondents reported no sexual intimacy in the past year. The definition of a nonsexual marriage is often broadened to include those where sexual intimacy occurs less than ten times per year, in which case 20 percent of the couples in the NHSLS would be in the category.


Sexless marriages generally develop over time and are gradual. Love and intimacy generally existed in a relationship but sex starts to become increasingly infrequent. The following are possible causes:


National Health and Social Life Survey 1994 (Edward O. Laumann, Robert T. Michaels, John H. Gagnon, & Stuart Michaels) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994).

The Social Organization of Sexuality

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