Making a relationship work is not easy but sometimes, no matter how much effort you put in to save the relationship, it just doesn’t work out. Of course, it’s not something that happens overnight. The signs are usually there for all (or you and your partner) to see. Besides a lack of communication and emotional incompatibility, a lousy sex life is also a sign that your relationship is doomed.

Sex is an important component of a romantic and committed relationship, says Vanessa Marin, a sex and relationship therapist from San Francisco. More than just a physical act, it is an opportunity for couples to connect emotionally and express their love for each other. It can help bring two people in love even closer together and give them the chance to share an intimate bond that cannot be experienced elsewhere or with anybody else.

According to Vanessa, there are five signs that you may need to re-think your relationship, based on the kind of sex you are having – or not having. Sure, sex isn’t everything, but if this part of your relationship is suffering, it’s fair to say that things probably aren’t going too well in other areas. In fact, an unhealthy – or a non-existent – sex life is a pretty good indication that, unless the problem is addressed, you and your man could be headed for Splitsville.

Text: Sasha Gonzales / Her World Plus / October 2015
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