Sex, increased toy sales and the pressure

While 50 shades may be mummy porn to some, it also makes no difference to others. It’s important to remember that for all sorts of reasons, some people choose not to have sex.  Some are single, some are couples.  Some couples fall out of the habit an some couples lose contact with each other.  Some people find themselves single after a divorce, a break up or a bereavement. They may worry about what when how as they have been with one person for a long time. Taking that step seems insurmountable. 

Talking to a therapist may help, it’s all about getting in touch.

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Sex toy firm Lovehoney reported a 400 per cent increase in sales of blindfolds, restraints and intimately revealing lingerie.
And a dramatic baby boom has been predicted due to couples’ increased action between the sheets.
This reported increase in libidos sparked by E L James’s “mummy porn” trilogy is working wonders for many – but not for everyone.
While the rest of the population fantasises about hunky Christian Grey and what he gets up to in his Red Room Of Pain, some women have been left out in the cold.
Socialite Tamara Ecclestone recently revealed she hadn’t had sex with her boyfriend for more than 12 months before they split up.
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The daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone admitted the lack of intimacy left her haunted by thoughts that her ex, Omar Khyami, rejected her in bed because he was cheating on her.
JENNY FRANCIS speaks to three women who admit their bedrooms are seriously lacking in action and reveal why they have not had sex for a whole year.
The single girl
YOUNG, free and single, Sharan Sunner hasn’t had sex for a year – out of choice. The 24-year-old health and nutrition rep from Leeds has not slept with anyone since the end of a six-month relationship last year. At the moment she is focusing on friendships rather than looking for romance.
Sharan says: “I know most 24-year-olds would think a whole year without sex is a long time, but for me it’s happened because I’ve had other priorities.
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“Just over a year ago I was in a relationship for six months, so sex was very regular.
“But when the romance ended badly I lost all interest in men and decided to enjoy just being single without thinking about sex.”
Sharan has been on dates since she split up with her ex, but she always breaks it off before things become intimate.
She says: “I’ve been out with guys and enjoyed getting to know them and having a flirt, but I cool things off before sex is on the cards.
“I went out on a few dates with a guy recently and he wanted things to progress into the bedroom but I didn’t, so we called it off. It’s not that I don’t want to have sex at all. I just don’t think it’s worth all the hassle because it complicates things.”
Sharan is very busy after recently changing jobs and she is spending most of her free time catching up with friends. So she would find it difficult to fit men into the equation.
“I love going out at weekends with my girlfriends, partying and having a good time,” she says.
“I have so much fun with my friends that picking up a man is often the last thing on my mind.
“I’m not a shy girl but my body confidence isn’t at its highest at the moment, so I’d rather concentrate on just having a good time and focus on my job than sleep with someone I don’t really know.”
But while Sharan’s sexless year has been largely down to personal choice, she does hope that intimacy is on the cards in the not too distant future.
She says: “I’m hoping to break the no-sex streak soon.
“I don’t want to go on like this for too long but it would have to be with someone I trusted.
“Who knows, it might give me the body confidence boost I need.”
The married couple
‘Sex became less and less frequent after our daughter was born’ … Charlotte and Chris Everiss
STAY-AT-HOME mum Charlotte Everiss and her husband Chris haven’t had sex for over a year. The couple, from Great Wyrley, Staffordshire, have been married for nine years and have a daughter, Addison, four. They put their dwindling love life down to loss of body confidence.
Charlotte, 34, says: “When Chris and I got married nine years ago our sex life was never an issue — we had sex at least twice a week.
“But things in the bedroom started to go wrong a few years ago.
“I put on three stone while I was pregnant with our daughter Addison, who is now four, and I have struggled to lose the weight ever since.
“My body felt very different with bigger boobs, and despite dieting I felt embarrassed about my appearance, which didn’t make me feel sexy at all.”
Being tired due to all the running around after a young child didn’t exactly help matters. And Charlotte says their time as a couple in the bedroom became less and less frequent as sex slowly fell down the pecking order of things.
“I didn’t have the time to look nice and treat myself to sexy lingerie because it wasn’t a priority in the scheme of things,” she says.
“Before Addison, our sex life was great. And when it started to become less frequent, at first it just seemed normal because we were both so tired and worn out from being new parents. But the longer the gaps in between us having sex, the more noticeable it became.”
Feeling increasingly self-conscious and unhappy about her body, Charlotte convinced herself that 39-year-old Chris, an online manager, didn’t find her attractive any more.
She says: “He wasn’t asking for sex so I assumed he didn’t want to, and eventually sex stopped altogether.
“Also, with Addison in the next room, I felt conscious of having a child in the house and often used that as an excuse not to have sex.” While Charlotte thought the spark had gone, she didn’t realise that Chris was suffering from similar body hang-ups.
“Only now that we’ve opened up about not having sex have I discovered that my husband was struggling with his body confidence, too,” she says.
“He feels overweight and unattractive and thought that I didn’t want to have sex with him!
“I’d never imagined he’d felt that way and now I realise we’re both as bad as each other. I often feel like we’re friends rather than husband and wife.”
Charlotte admits their lack of intimacy has put an incredible strain on their marriage.
She says: “Not having sex has definitely caused friction in our relationship as I sometimes feel like I’m not married.
“Chris and I didn’t talk about the fact that the intimacy had stopped until now and it’s made me realise that we both clearly miss it.
“We’ve both been thinking the other wasn’t interested in sex any longer because of the body issues we were having, which doesn’t make for a healthy relationship.
“Recently, we’ve both joined an exercise programme to tackle our weight issues and I have been out running three times a week.
“Now everything is out in the open and I know Chris still finds me attractive.
“I feel more confident, so maybe we’ll get back between the sheets soon.”
The divorcee
‘After my divorce I cut myself off from men’ … single mum Paula Hollis
SINGLE mother-of-three Paula Hollis has been celibate for over a year. The 45-year-old, from Blyth, Northumberland, has struggled with the idea of a new physical relationship since her tough divorce 18 months ago.
Paula says: “I had been with my ex-husband for 14 years and when we got divorced I just couldn’t imagine being with anyone else after being that close to someone for so long.
“After getting over the tough break-up, instead of wanting to get out and meet new people, I started cutting myself off from men and any kind of sexual contact.
“Now, after a year of shunning any advances, no sex has just become the norm for me.”
But this lack of a love life is not something Paula ever thought she’d become accustomed to.
She explains: “My ex-husband had a very high sex drive and we used to have sex all the time before we split up — at least three times a week.
“We didn’t ever get to the stage where it stopped, so it is a bit of a shock to the system.
“I thought I would crave the intimacy of it but so far I haven’t been too bad.
“If I was to sleep with someone now it would have to be someone I’d known for a while, and I’d have to trust them.
“It couldn’t be someone I’d just gone out and met, as I’d feel very nervous and unsure of myself with a stranger.
“And anyway, in the past 18 months I’ve realised that I don’t need a partner — or sex — to keep me happy.”
With three sons to look after — 21-year-old twins from a previous relationship, and six-year-old David, right, with her ex — Paula has lots to keep her busy. She would find it hard juggling a social life with being a mum.
“With David being so young, I don’t have much time to go out and meet new people,” she says.
While some women might like the thrill of meeting and sleeping with someone new, that is not the way Paula wants to live.
She is happy just to be with her sons and her good friends, and insists that she doesn’t miss sex — at least, not at the moment.
Paula says: “My friends are very supportive of me and know I’m happy spending my time with my boys and them.
“Obviously I don’t want to go on like this for ever, but for now I’m happy without sex.”
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