What to do When He Suddenly Stops Calling

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he suddenly stops callingDear Sandy,

I am recently widowed and met a nice man.  I had been sexually deprived because of my husband’s lengthy illness, so I had sex with this man on the second date.  After three months of fun and great sex he suddenly stops calling.  I realize he was obviously not that into me; however, I would like him to tell me what happened.  Should I contact him?  He owns a piece of my heart and I am trying to move on.

Thank you,


Dear Heidi,

I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to watch your husband’s health deteriorate over a long period of time. Several women I know became caretakers to their dying husbands. It is a very difficult and complex experience, and my heart goes out to you.

It’s understandable why you’d want to have sex right away with this new man. Many women who experience loss or divorce are awakening to sexual pleasure after a long dry spell. Sex can be exciting and life-affirming. Intimacy is an important human need – as well as the need to be touched and caressed and to give and receive love.

Why would this guy who, “after three months of fun and great sex” suddenly stop calling you? I’m not sure if the answer is “he’s not that into me”. There can be so many possible answers to that question.

Why he suddenly stops calling

1. He met someone else.

2. He has commitment issues.

3. He’s got a secret life you know nothing about.

4. He was just in it for the fun.

5. He was hit by a car and is in the hospital.

6. He had a family emergency and can’t handle your relationship right now.

7. He fell and has amnesia.

I could go on and on. The truth is, while some of these may seem ludicrous, do you really want to know why he stopped calling? And if you do ask, will he be honest with you?

If you’re open to hearing whatever he has to say, I would contact him and ask why he suddenly stopped calling. I recommend that you communicate in a way that will yield the best response.

Here’s an example of how you might say it:

“Eric, is this a good time to talk? (Make sure he’s open to the conversation. If he says no, ask when might be a better time.) I’ve really enjoyed our relationship for the past few months. I had a lot of fun with you and I thought the sex was great. I was hurt when you suddenly stopped calling and I’d like to understand your reasoning. Is there something I said or did that offended you in any way? I’d like an open and honest discussion so I can have more clarity about what happened.”

Listen to his answer. Don’t get defensive. Be open. If after you speak you realize he doesn’t honor or value you, he’s not your man. You will have some sense of closure, but be aware that he might not be comfortable telling you the truth. And you’ll have to live without knowing why he stopped calling.

Many men are uncomfortable with the truth, not because they’re mean but  because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. That’s why they say they’ll call after a first date and never do. That’s why they sleep with you and then never call again.

Be a high value woman

I suggest that in the future, if you want a man to respect and value you, make sure you convey your value from the very start of a relationship. If you don’t want to be a last minute option, don’t be available at the last minute. If you want to be in an exclusive relationship before having sex, let a man know what you need to make that happen.

Men tend to reveal a lot about who they are from the very first conversation. Pay attention to any red flags that come up. If you feel anything bad in your gut, listen carefully. Your intuition is brilliant and we often push it away. As Maya Angelou so eloquently said, When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

If you think back to the beginning of your relationship, you’ll probably remember signs that led up to his sudden disappearance. Can you think of anything he said or did that was a red or yellow flag?

Heidi, I wish you only the best of luck in life and love.



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  1. I’m divorced, I met and fell in love with a single guy. He loved me from the beginning until I revealed my past to him 3months into our relationship. He has a girl he’s been seeing before me.. But he claims he loved me and planning to break up with her. Apart from other bullshit I’ve been putting up with, recently we got into an argument about receiving a call from another girl before me as if I was invincible.. I left his place and it’s 4 days now he hasn’t called.. But kept commenting on my post. I love him so much and don’t want to loose him.. Please help!

  2. Red flag number one: You fell in love with a man who still had another woman in his life. “Planning to break up with her” is not the same as breaking up. Words and actions must match for a relationship to be healthy. Red flag number two: “it’s 4 days now he hasn’t called” A man who loves you would not stop talking to you after an argument about another girl. He would maturely talk it out with you, because he cherishes you.

    If you’re not getting your needs met in this relationship, please walk away and find someone who cherishes and loves you! You’re afraid of losing him, but he’s not really ‘with you’ fully, is he?

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