In the mood for love? Signs that point to 'no'
When your partner is snoozing before you even get your teeth brushed, there’s no nookie this night.
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-- By Sharon O'Brien
Just a pat
You’re watching a movie at home and you move to get closer. If he pats your hand, or just doesn’t respond, sex probably isn’t on the menu.
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Is that garlic I smell?
You start to kiss and she pulls away, asking what you’ve been eating. If she doesn’t suggest you rejoin her after brushing and flossing, she’s not in the mood.
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Not now, I’m busy
Dinner is done, the kids are in bed, and you two finally have alone time. If she heads for the kitchen, laundry, garage or grocery store, she has other priorities than making love with you.
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But I’m not tired
Does your partner make excuses for not retiring to bed when you do? He may be hoping you’ll fall asleep first.
Not tonight honey, I have a headache
People do get headaches, and they deserve loving attention. But if a headache or other medical issue is often mentioned when the subject of sex comes up, your partner may be making an excuse.
Just a peck, please
You lean toward each other, but her mouth stays closed for the kiss, and then she leans away. She may be saying “I love you, but I’m not in the mood.”
What about the kids?
Children do tend to dampen their parents’ amorous intentions, but creative parents find ways to be alone. If your partner uses the kids as an excuse, chances are she’s not in the mood for sex.
The room’s not right
Remember when the idea of making love was so compelling you’d be tempted to do it just about anywhere? It’s a clue that your partner is not in the mood when she complains that the bedroom is too hot, too cold, too noisy or too messy.
If not now, when?
Sometimes your partner does feel tired, depressed, stressed or ill, and those can be good reasons for not having sex. But if he consistently makes excuses without offering alternatives, sex probably isn’t high on his priority list.