Why Did He Withdraw After Sex?

Why Did He Withdraw After Sex?

Recently, a friend asked me a very illuminating question.

She asked:

I’ve been dating a guy for about a month, and we knew each other for a while before we started dating. I thought the dates were incredible, we clicked in so many important ways. The problem is, we had sex and he did that thing guys do where he disappeared after.

I haven’t texted him or called him or anything, I’ve been really good about following the “rules” for this sort of thing. I’ve been active on Facebook and he knows that I’ve been enjoying myself and not sulking waiting for him to call.

Still… I want to know, is it ok for me to reach out to him in ANY kind of way right now? How long should I wait before writing him off as someone who isn’t interested in me? Do women have any options here, besides just knowing that he’s missing out on someone great? Can I do anything besides sit around waiting for him to call? Is it ok for me to contact him?

Now, this question is illuminating – because it reveals a lot about the mindset of the woman asking the question.

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Here’s what she was really asking me: “I want to keep moving forward with my relationship with this guy, and I read somewhere that sometimes guys will lose interest in a woman after they have sex, and now I’m starting to freak out (probably because someone gave me bad advice).”

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Here’s a key insight: that’s the wrong mindset. Guys don’t care that much about sex.

Getting Into A Relationship Is Never Just About Sex

Of course, guys want sex. They like sex. But sex isn’t the be all end all for men. It’s not the criteria they use to choose a long term mate.

So if you think of sex like a “bargaining chip” in the beginning stages of a relationship, you’re always going to be worried that men are using you “to get the sex”, and it’s going to sabotage your relationships before they even begin.

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That kind of thinking sets up an adversarial relationship between you and the guy, where he’s trying to “get” something from you. When that’s the dynamic you create, it sabotages the growth of any sort of intimacy, trust, or comfort – because in that dynamic you’re on opposite sides, not on the same team.

More importantly: asking about the “rules” of dating and obsessing over whether you should text him or not shows a far more harmful mindset that will undermine all of your relationships before they even begin.

If you’re obsessing over something as small as whether to text him or not, it means you’re obsessed with him and with being in a relationship with him.

Obsession Kills Relationships Before They Even Begin

Obsession – no matter what form it takes – is bad and harmful to your relationships. Obsession will always lead to feeling fear and insecurity about your future with him, which will influence every interaction you have with him.

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And the truth is this: that’s going to hurt your relationship with him and turn him off more than anything else. Guys can pick up on those negative emotions like fear of loss and insecurity.

And just like regarding sex as a “bargaining chip” creates a destructive dynamic that sabotages any relationship – obsession and fear of loss will create an even worse dynamic between you that destroys any chance of a relationship together.

Think about it this way: if you’re thinking about your future with this guy a lot and feeling a lot of discomfort, fear, and insecurity about it, all of that negativity is going to come through in your words and actions with him.

All of a sudden, the dynamic of your relationship with him will become you wanting a relationship from him, and him withholding a relationship from you.

That kind of dynamic is poison, because it means that your relationship together is no longer something that can organically grow between two people that like each other. It becomes something that you want to “get” from him, and that will turn a guy off more than anything else possibly could.

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That dynamic puts him on edge – it will feel like he’s walking on eggshells when he talks to you and even when he’s not talking to you.

Think about a time that a sleazy guy has hit on you. The thing that made him sleazy was that he wanted to “get” sex from you, he didn’t want to have sex with you. He was trying to “get” something from you – the dynamic between you was adversarial where he was aggressively trying to take something from you and you were automatically withholding it from him. That’s what made him feel so creepy – like he was someone you desperately wanted to escape from.

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In any situation, if someone wants to get something from you, it automatically puts you on edge and on guard, and makes you feel like you want to escape. (That’s why it’s hard to feel comfortable around a sales person – you know that they’re trying to sell you and get your money from you.)

If a guy feels like a woman wants desperately to turn what they have into a relationship, it’s going to trigger a need to escape in him (unless he also wants a relationship).

So the most important part of your question actually isn’t the question – it’s about the mindset that the question reveals.

So Will Contacting Him Make Or Break Your Relationship?

No – not at all.Whether you contact him or not is a trivial detail that won’t have any bearing on whether you wind up dating or not.

The big picture is that you two are living breathing people who relate in thousands of different ways every time you’re together or you have a conversation.

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Whether or not you contact him once right now has no bearing on the big picture.

The only reason I’m harping on this part of the question is because it signals something bigger about your mindset – it signals that you’re at least a little bit obsessed with this guy.

If you fall into the trap of obsession, fear of loss, and insecurity, it’s going to severely damage the dynamic of the relationship (maybe permanently).

The Reasons Why Men Withdraw After Sex

It’s impossible to give the exact reason why a guy did or didn’t withdraw after you had sex. Every guy is different, every relationship is different, and every situation is different. The only thing you can control is your attitude and your reaction to the circumstances. And the best attitude you can possibly have is that that you’re worth it – that you’re a catch and any man would be lucky to have you. You have choice over who you decide you want to be with, and if this guy isn’t living up to what you want out of a man, you can choose a different man instead.

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As soon as he feels that you want a relationship from him (rather than with him), it triggers an extremely strong need to escape in him.

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That’s why the most important thing here is your mindset.

The strongest mindset you can have (and the most irresistible one to men) is one that says: “I’m worth it – I’m a catch and the man I choose will be lucky to have me.”

You have to treat yourself with self-respect… because treating yourself with self-respect is the only way for others to respect you as well.

So right now, it’s up to you to decide: is a guy who doesn’t text you for a week after you have sex worth your time? Or should you spend your time with someone who treats you the way you want to be treated?

Whatever you decide, know that your mindset is either your greatest ally or your worst enemy in your love life – and it’s up to you to decide which.

I hope this article made you feel better and helped you understand why guys withdraw after sex. So many women come to me with this question! And it’s for a good reason: 100% of the time a guy is going to “ghost” a woman and disappear on her, he starts pulling away first. If you’re afraid it’s happening to you, you need to read this article it could very well change your life: If He’s Pulling Away, Do This…

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31 comments… add one
  • Linda January 8, 2022, 4:47 am

    It hurts but the chemistry was so strong sex felt like it was meant to be, now he’s thinkn and I feel abandoned

  • fairy December 6, 2016, 4:31 pm

    very well said! bargaining sex will definitely be destructive to the relationship esp to you as a woman.

  • ida December 5, 2016, 7:20 pm

    it’s not your fault he withdrew after sex. he’s just not the relationship type of guy

  • capri December 2, 2016, 4:20 pm

    it’s true, women should become more careful… most men only care about sex!

  • robyn November 29, 2016, 3:50 pm

    ugh gosh, i hate to be one feeling like this! it’s just too unfair

  • callie November 28, 2016, 7:35 pm

    he’s just not the commitment type of guy

  • nicole November 25, 2016, 2:37 pm

    some men do really have issues w/ intimacy. too bad though for women to experience this

  • susan November 24, 2016, 5:26 pm

    i hate this kind of situations. i hope women try to be more careful in dating to avoid such heartaches

  • chloe November 23, 2016, 6:16 pm

    maybe he’s just not really ready or he’s just not really looking for something serious

  • lily November 22, 2016, 2:13 pm

    some men are only after sex..be responsible enough to make the right choices when dating

  • everly November 21, 2016, 4:36 pm

    be careful who you do it with especially if you’re looking for a commitment

  • eva November 17, 2016, 2:16 pm

    women should learn not to focus too much on sex. we must be smart enough to really get to know the guy first, if we want a lasting relationship

  • camille November 16, 2016, 1:20 pm

    that is why it is really important fro women to choose the guy they date and get intimate with. some men are only serious in the beginning but when they get what they want, they’re gone.

  • trina November 15, 2016, 3:05 pm

    let’s face it. some men are really just after the sex. once they get what they want, they’re gone.

  • octavia November 14, 2016, 3:18 pm

    simple reason, he’s just after the sex. that’s it

  • clemence November 11, 2016, 10:34 pm

    if he doesn’t show up after having sex, do not blame yourself. learn from it and never go out with a guy like that.

  • mika November 10, 2016, 4:19 pm

    whatever the reason is, women do not deserve to be treated like this.

  • jennylyn November 9, 2016, 3:26 am

    if you’re longing for a good relationship, make sure you don’t focus on sex

  • julia November 7, 2016, 2:19 pm

    treat yourself with respect — this is the way everyone should act. if you don’t, who else will?

  • mandy November 4, 2016, 2:32 pm

    great insights! this article is very helpful.

  • mary November 3, 2016, 12:01 pm

    this article made me sad, reminded me of my ex… :(

  • ursula November 2, 2016, 12:10 pm

    hate men who do this to women. i just hope women would be more careful in choosing the men they date to avoid heartbreak in the end.

  • jenny October 27, 2016, 6:04 pm

    only means he is really after sex only kinda guy. too bad to be in this position.

  • melanie October 26, 2016, 1:00 pm

    i agree pauline, better to save sex for marriage.

  • pauline October 24, 2016, 1:23 pm

    if you really don’t want to experience this, you have to preserve your virginity… until you get married.

  • margot October 18, 2016, 3:48 pm

    i can’r bear the thought of a woman experiencing this. i almost did it with a man who was lacking in confidence and whom i found out is not really ready for a commitment. good thing i followed my instincts.

  • anna October 17, 2016, 5:29 pm

    in today’s culture, sex is just another form of expression and a way to experience pleasure. it is then not important if one is in a relationship with the other person or if they will see them again. all that matters is that it feels right and one enjoys themselves.

  • maria October 12, 2016, 1:51 pm

    for some men, sex is what makes them feel the MOST loved and desired by you… to them, sex may be the clearest way that you can express your love for them.

  • kendra October 11, 2016, 3:27 pm

    i thought men only care about sex.

  • fiona October 10, 2016, 2:41 pm

    it really hurts when someone leaves you without knowing the reason…

  • nerissa October 6, 2016, 11:00 pm

    oh no, i never would want to experience this. it’s a pity.

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