By Densie Schipani
Lisa,* a mom of three who lives in the Midwest, calls her extramarital affair mostly a matter of closeness, connection and communication. "Ninety-nine percent of it was about talking, and only 1% about sex." Why did Lisa stray from her marriage? "After three kids, I was feeling unappreciated and unattractive," she says. "I didn't feel like a sexual person anymore." On top of that, Lisa's spouse wasn't, in her eyes, fully participating in parenting. "I felt like he was my fourth child, not my husband." Eventually, Lisa's husband found out about the affair and the two of them still remain married. But is her reason for cheating the same for most women?
Turns out, there's no simple answer to the question "Why do women cheat?" But there are generalities. "Lots of women are in relationships with pieces missing: sex, affection, romance, companionship, communication-you name it," says Mira Kirshenbaum, author of When Good People Have Affairs. "At some point, the painRead More »from Why Do Women Cheat?