Are Friends Destroying Sex in Your Marriage?

This is part 3 in a guest blog series on things that destroy sex in marriage and what we can do about it. Part 1 was on body image struggles and part 2 was on sexual inhibition

Today I welcome Kate Aldrich of One Flesh Marriage to chime in on the ways friends can have an unhealthy impact on sex in marriage. 


There is nothing quite like laughing with a bunch of girlfriends.

friends-impact-our-sex-livesIt’s just so good to get together, take a break and chat.

I have always loved those sweet times with my dear friends. Yet, over our 16 years of marriage, I have realized that not all of my friendships were healthy for my marriage.

Friends can be a tremendous encourager to marriage or they can be a huge stumbling block. The same is true of sex and intimacy in marriage.

I encourage you today to take a hard look at your friendships and evaluate whether they are marriage and sex positive or not.

So how can friends contribute to destroying your sex life?

Spouse Bashing

It is so easy for a friend to start in on their husband, sharing their honest frustrations, and all of the sudden it is an all-out husband slamming get together.

I used to take part in these conversations, even starting some of them myself. It was always better if I wasn’t alone in my complaining. You know why?

Because hearing their frustrations made me feel justified in my lack of sexual desire and horrible attitude towards my hubby!

There is only one thing to say to this: Don’t do it! It isn’t helpful to you or your friends. It is hurting both your marriage and theirs.

Spouse bashing sessions only reinforce the negatives and do nothing to bring about change. Though I am writing from the wife perspective, all of this applies to guys and their buddies as well.

Friends Hold Different Values

We have to realize that what our friends believe about sex and marriage comes from their influences… good, bad or ugly. That does not mean they are Biblical. You will encounter people who have attached human standards and beliefs to sex.

Some might hold to the overly traditional “sex is dirty” message. Others might have an overly free view of sex. Either way, their values can easily be harmful if you allow them to influence you.

Sharing and talking is fine, but make sure you define whether or not, their views are truth. There is great freedom for husbands and wives in the marriage bed. Freedom to enjoy each other and please each other uninhibitedly. Just because your girlfriend thinks oral sex is “yuck” doesn’t mean you have to as well.

Surround Yourself with Marriage Positive Friends

I now have a few trusted girlfriends that I talk with about my marriage, when I need prayer, challenging, or encouragement. They are the women in my life that are marriage and sex positive. They know the value of sex in marriage even if it is a struggle at times.

If there is anyone who is going to know very intimate details, about my life it is them. They still don’t know as much as my hubby and that is the way it should be.

From time to time we even share frustrations, but it is always with the goal to encourage one another through God’s word of how we can be the wife that God is asking of us.

Friends of the Opposite Sex?

It doesn’t matter how long you have been great friends . . . once married, friends of the opposite sex need to have good boundaries. It’s not about trust; it’s about transparency and intentionality. Be transparent and intentional with your spouse!

Some great ways of doing just that are to make sure your spouse is there when you get together, or at least a group of friends. Make sure you communicate openly with your spouse about the boundaries too!

If your spouse is uncomfortable with the relationship, you need to respect that. Your loyalty is to your spouse, above all others.

Building or Tearing Down

All of these things — bashing your spouse, friends with different values, and friends of the opposite sex — have the potential to destroy your sex life with your spouse.

If you bash your spouse, listen to friends who take you away from God’s words about sex, or neglect the boundaries in your marriage, it will not lead to building intimacy.

Worse than that, it will inhibit you. The enemy will use whatever he can to destroy the gift of your sex life. Friends are a great way for him to do so. You have to make sure that doesn’t happen!

Have you seen evidence that friends can destroy sex in a marriage?

How have you sought to keep friends and their thoughts in their place where sex and marriage are concerned?

kate individualKate with her amazing hubby, Brad, write and speak on all things marriage. In 2009 they followed God’s prompting and founded One Flesh Marriage Ministries, a blog based on their marriage journey and God’s word in Ephesians 5. Brad is the Director of Small Groups and re|engage (marriage ministy) at their home church, the Worship Center. Kate is a homeschooling mom and a natural light portrait photographer. God has given Brad and Kate three amazing blessings, two biological and one adopted, who have enriched their life and marriage. They live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where the Amish buggies roam. You can find their blog at



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3 thoughts on “Are Friends Destroying Sex in Your Marriage?

  1. Kay says:

    I think it is important to have one (maybe two) good girl friends that you can talk to about your sex life. Not juicy details, by any means, but I guess I struggle to know what is appropriate. They say you shouldn’t say anything about your sex life you wouldn’t be comfortable with your husband overhearing, but I am confused whether that is good advice. For example, one of my dear friends is trying to repair her sex life after her husband stopped using porn and masturbating after a season of withholding. I am so excited for them and the healing that is already taking place. But she has a lot of pain to work through yet or wants to discuss what is okay in the bedroom now, and she is talking with her husband too but the hurt is too deep to navigate alone. I don’t think she should have to. But her husband would be MORTIFIED if he knew I was aware of his past struggles. Should we not talk about this? I am the one person she is speaking to about it, particularly because I am the most sex positive person she knows and we both agree that our sex lives are healthier because of our friendship. Is that inappropriate?

  2. Angie says:

    We have been married for 20 year this year. 5 years ago we were hanging out with anoother couple from church due to our daughters being close in age. I noticed the female’s foul language concerning sex. The first few times I tried to laugh thinking maybe I had led a sheltered life. But then it became a deal breaker for me and being around this couple as my oldest child being a boy was picking up on this foul language. It was no longer cute or funny. Little did I know, the language was getting to my husband in a very negative way. To make a long story short, I am glad God saw fit to extend His Grace and mercy upon our marriage which allowed us to fight hard to overcome Satan’s attack. And it all started with the little funny cute talk about being sexy. Needless to say, I do not and will not hang around anyone who thinks talking sexy talk is cute in mixed company. As women of God, we have to be determined not to fall for the smirk of Satan.

  3. Christian Husband of 38 yrs says:

    A standing rule that my accountability partner and I have – and that I hold to with all of my other friends and acquaintances – is that we don’t say anything about our spouses behind their backs that we couldn’t say were they present with us. This is a very effective rule that keeps conversation “within bounds”.

    Another rule I have whenever a fellow Christian is sharing something with me that is a matter of prayer: I hold myself to exactly the same standard that a Catholic priest does in a confessional – absolute confidentiality, to be guarded with my life (unless they explicitly ask me to solicit prayers from others on their behalf). If all Christians were to follow this rule – and they should – then it would stop gossip just about cold. If someone does share with me some concern about their marriage, then they can be assured that it will go no farther with me, and will not get back to their spouse. That doesn’t mean that I encourage anyone to talk about their spouse behind the spouse’s back (see above), if something still happens to get out, at least it won’t get back to the spouse and cause more damage.

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