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Dear Annie: Is this normal in a marriage?

By Annie Lane Creators Syndicate

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together six years this December, married four. We grew closer when I had a miscarriage after only a few months of dating. He stood by my side and asked my dad for my hand. He knew then he wanted to stand with me and by me.

A year into our marriage, I discovered he was cheating on me with one of his exes. He claims it was only emotional and never physical. I chose to believe him and forgive. This took a long while.

After our second child, I went through treatment for postpartum depression. I realized six months in that it was not helping. In fact, it was making my mental state worse. So I went off the meds. I’ve been off of them for about four months now.

Lately, though, I’m finding myself not wanting to be physical with my husband. I do find him attractive, and I love him. He’s my best friend and rock, but when it comes to his touch, it’s unwelcome and very uncomfortable. I feel it’s not fair to him to not have a partner he deserves. I do my wifely duties, but I don’t enjoy sex anymore. I used to really enjoy sex, almost to an unhealthy level. Is this normal in a marriage? Is it normal to not have anything your husband does physically, do anything for you? – Lost Wife

Dear Lost Wife: It sounds like you are not done healing yet – and that is OK. Healing takes time, often a far longer time than we want it to. You went through multiple traumatic experiences with your husband, and it has only been 10 months since your diagnosis of postpartum depression.

Your first course of treatment was clearly not the right path for you, but that doesn’t mean that you should leave your depression untreated. Consult your doctor on all of your other options. You should also attend couples counseling with your husband to make sure you are continuing on in a healthy safe, trusting, communicative marriage.

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