When a heterosexual couple is unable to have penetrative vaginal intercourse, their relationship may be called unconsummated.
The term unconsummated marriage is typically used in cultures where intercourse before marriage is taboo. However, in cultures where sexual relationships outside of marriage are more accepted, the term unconsummated relationship may be used.
Scientists aren’t sure how many couples are unable to have intercourse. Some couples do not seek help because they feel ashamed or embarrassed, and the situation may continue for several years.
Unconsummated relationships can have a great impact on relationships. Partners may feel confused, rejected, or resentful.
Couples can have difficulties consummating their relationships for a variety of reasons: