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‘I felt unattractive and creepy, and like I was being disgusting for wanting my partner to touch me.’
4.”Toys is my solution. Well, we tried talking it out but even if they’re not ‘in the mood’, they’re often willing to help ‘play’. But everyone is different, although they may not be horny as such and they don’t know why – experiment, be patient or find alternatives.”
It’s not uncommon for women in relationships to have lower sex drives than their partners
5.”Honestly, I left and am dating someone more sexually compatible.
I couldn’t take the constant rejection
. I felt really unattractive and creepy, and like I was being disgusting and spoiled for wanting my partner to touch me. Maybe some people would be better able to deal with this kind of thing. I’m not one of them.”
6.”Have the conversation first. When I mentioned it, turned out he didn’t want to do it if he didn’t feel like he could give 100%, and didn’t want to do it half-heartedly if he was tired after work. I have also learnt that a no isn’t a, ‘No, and I am rejecting you, and I don’t fancy you,’ but it is literally, ‘I am tired, we will at the weekend when I can give you more attention and more energy’. We do it about two to three times per week, mostly at the weekend when we are both off, but occasionally during the week. Not gonna lie, still feels like rejection sometimes but I’m happy to put up with it because I know that when it does happen at the weekends he’s all in.”
“It affects my self esteem which makes me think he doesn’t want to have sex with me”
7.”It just depends. Everyone is different and open communication is key. My BF and I had similar sex drives when we got together but over many years it gone up and down. Right now I’m on a birth control that takes away my sex drive. I’m looking in to changing it but it will take time. My BF understand this and I try really hard to be aware of his wants and needs as well as mine.”
8.”I’m poly so this isn’t the deal breaker it could be. But I have had to work on me [and learn] that as much of a compliment the sexual excitement of a partner can be to me, it is NOT an insult that it’s absent. [My primary partner and I are] in Hawaii for two weeks. We banged the first day and probably won’t again until next month. I masturbated three times on the sofa, told him later, and he gave me a smile and a kiss and said, ‘I hope it made you feel better’. But again, I’m poly and have a high sex drive, so if I didn’t have other partners, this just wouldn’t happen.”
having a partner with a lower sex drive can affect your self esteem and confidence, but it doesn’t have to
I dealt with this a few years ago.
To be honest, I left him.
There were other problems too but it really affected my self esteem, especially since we had previously been having regular sex. He didn’t offer any meaningful reasons for why he didn’t want sex, or anything I could do. It was always just, ‘I’m tired’ or, ‘I don’t feel like it’. Those are valid reasons not to have sex, but if sex was just off the table and I felt guilty even trying to initiate it, that wasn’t sustainable for me. Maybe I could’ve lived with it if he was a better partner otherwise or we had been together longer, but I was 19 and it just wasn’t worth it.”
10.”My husband’s sex drive was lower than mine but still compatible. Now that we’ve had children it’s reversed but still compatible. Things change over time. Doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. I learned not to take it personally and we talked a lot about needs and preferences. I would ask, ‘Are you open to being aroused?’ if he didn’t seem like he was responding to my advances. Sometimes it’s yes and it requires more work on my part to get him on board, sometimes it’s no and we just cuddle. Also, masturbation. Quality over quantity in my mind.”
“I learned not to take it personally”
11.”You shouldn’t depend on it possibly changing. It’s like holding out for your partner to come around on wanting kids when they don’t. You can’t help how you feel, and if it’s a deal breaker, you need to do what’s right for you in your own situation. Never hold out hope that someone will change, if you’re not happy with how things are.”
12.”My boyfriend has a lower sex drive, but the reason why is because of his self esteem issues that affect his life. He loves having sex, it’s just getting it going that’s an issue for him. We’ll have sex maybe once a week once or twice every two to three weeks. We talk about it because it affects my self esteem which makes me think he doesn’t want to have sex with me and doesn’t find me attractive. We’ve had discussions about it and we’ve agreed that I am a submissive person while he is a dominant person in all aspects, but when it comes to sex he is not that dominant due to fear of not pleasing me (not at all the case). So he told me what might help is have me be more dominant in initiating, which I have no problem doing.
It helps him feel like I WANT to have sex with him
, and it helps him get over his insecurities. It’s a messy situation but I love him and in no means is this grounds for incompatibility. We work on this together.”
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