What To Do When It Feels Like Your Wife Doesn't Love You Anymore

Updated April 8, 2024by Regain Editorial Team

Feelings of love in a marriage contribute not only to a healthy bond but also to individual happiness and confidence. Though a certain amount of cooling, in terms of passion, is normal over time in a relationship, it can be disheartening to think that your wife’s feelings are fading. By identifying the reasons for your concern and opening up a dialogue with your wife, you can work together to take steps forward. In this article, we’re going to cover common signs of waning love and what you can do to address the situation.

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Signs that your wife’s love is fading

If you feel that your marriage has lost some of its love, it can help to understand why it seems like something has changed. Do you lack quality time with your wife? Are you struggling to be intimate? Though the best way to find out how your wife feels is to talk to her, there are some indicators that her love is waning.

  • She's disinterested and unavailable: It may be challenging to foster closeness if you feel your wife is unavailable emotionally. In relationships, we typically want to feel that the person we care about is interested in our values, desires, and dreams. If you feel your wife pulling away from you, it may seem like her priorities have shifted.
  • Intimacy is less frequent: While it isn’t the most important aspect of every relationship, intimacy can be an indicator of the health of a marriage. Experiencing a noticeable decrease in your wife’s desire to be intimate can be a sign that her feelings are changing. 
  • Infidelity has occurred: Though not all marriages end after infidelity, if your wife has been intimate with someone else, it can be difficult to move forward and trust that she still loves you. 
  • Communication is lacking: An open dialogue is often crucial to the success of a relationship. If you feel you can't talk with your wife about your emotions and concerns regarding the marriage, it may be difficult to nurture a loving environment. 
  • Conflict is frequent: If you find yourself in arguments regularly, there may be an underlying cause to examine. Though disagreements are normal in a marriage, too much tension can be a sign of a loss of love.

How to address a potential loss of love

It can be important not to jump to conclusions if you feel that your wife doesn't love you anymore. It could simply be that she’s been coping with her own challenges in life or that you’ve misinterpreted signs that indicate her true feelings about you. If you’re concerned that your wife doesn't love you as much as she once did, productive conversations and cooperation can help you rebuild your connection. 

Communicate effectively

Though you may feel nervous about bringing it up, talking about your concerns and your wife’s feelings is an important first step toward addressing a perceived loss of love. Regardless of the outcome of your conversations, open communication gives both you and your wife the chance to connect and feel heard.

You may also want to let your wife know what you'd like to talk about ahead of time. This gives her the opportunity to think about anything she wants to bring up and prepare herself emotionally. Though it can feel daunting to prepare for a serious discussion, going into it with clear ideas of your needs can result in a healthier dynamic moving forward.

It's important to communicate clearly and calmly. Tell your wife how you feel and give her opportunities to do the same. Writing out your thoughts and feelings beforehand is not a bad idea if you sometimes have trouble expressing your emotions. For some people, this gives them the chance to describe their wants and needs eloquently and concisely.

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Try to understand what your wife is saying instead of becoming argumentative or defensive. You may have to make compromises for both of you to feel comfortable moving forward. This doesn’t necessarily involve changing yourself, but working on ways for both of you to find happiness in your marriage. 

Express your feelings openly and honestly, and you may be pleasantly surprised about how your partner reacts. Often, effective communication is the key to moving forward in a marriage. A marriage is a two-way street. It will likely involve effort from both partners to make the marriage thrive again, so try to recognize areas in which you could improve and areas in which you already excel.

Understand her love language (and your own)

It's important to understand the ways you and your wife prefer to give and receive love. Many couples find the vocabulary of the love languages to be an effective way of assessing each other's needs. The five love languages are words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service, quality time, and receiving gifts. By taking the time to understand what activities and gestures make you both feel loved, you can get to know each other on a deeper level. You may realize, for example, that your wife shows love through acts of service, but that you prefer to show and receive love through words of affirmation. Different love languages don't make two people incompatible as long as they’re able to adapt to each other’s needs.

Consider counseling

If you and your wife try to address your concerns but are primarily experiencing conflict or not making progress, then it could be time to seek the guidance of a marriage counselor. Though some people feel intimidated by the idea of speaking to a professional, a therapist will be an unbiased party who provides a new perspective on your relationship. They can give you both the chance to feel listened to and facilitate meaningful conversations that help your marriage grow. Couples therapy is a proven way of developing the tools necessary for improved communication, conflict resolution, and emotional connection. 

What to do if her feelings have changed

If you’ve attempted to work through your challenges, but you ultimately realize that your wife no longer feels the same way about your marriage, separation or divorce may be the right next step. You can’t change your wife’s feelings, and you deserve to be with someone who loves and cherishes you. If you decide that divorce is the right option, try to maintain a respectful, empathetic, and caring attitude as you navigate this next step in your life.  

Fostering a loving marriage with online therapy

Research shows that online therapy is an effective way of creating a more satisfying, close marriage. In a study involving 300 couples, researchers found that online therapy produced significant improvements when it came to relationship satisfaction, quality, and confidence. They also found that the intervention improved individual mental health, decreasing anxiety and depression symptoms and increasing overall quality of life. 

If you're hoping to address changing feelings in your marriage, Regain has therapy options that can work for you and your partner. With an online therapist, you can find solutions to challenges in your relationship from the comfort of your home. Your therapist can connect you with tools and resources that can be helpful for both of you, such as at-home exercises that will open up healthy discussions around the aspects of your marriage you’d like to work through. Read below for reviews of Regain therapists from spouses who have sought help with similar concerns in the past. 

Therapist reviews

"My wife and I decided to give online couples counseling a go after finding traditional methods weren't all that suited to our busy working and parenting lifestyle. Our counselor Donna Kemp has been amazing! We both feel she's listened to us and given us the confidence to step out of our comfort zone to deal with problems that are easy to avoid. She is encouraging without being pushy. We've both responded very well to her and her methods and look forward to continuing with Donna. Highly recommend!"

"Cris Roman saved my marriage. His approach to therapy taught my husband and me the skills we needed to change the way we communicated and the way we understood each other. He is very non-judgmental and helps each person make sense of the other's feelings and actions without taking sides or placing blame. His ability to make you feel heard while helping you to see and understand why your significant other is acting a certain way is phenomenal."


It can be disheartening to feel like your wife doesn't love you anymore. Signs she doesn't love you anymore can vary, so it’s typically important that you communicate with her to better understand how she feels. However, some signs of underlying issues in a marriage include lack of intimacy, more distance in the relationship, and increased alone time. If you’d like to work through challenges related to love, intimacy, or similar areas of concern in your relationship, consider getting matched with a therapist online. With the right support, you and your wife can connect more deeply and create a strong, loving marriage.

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