Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier
WebMD

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine
WebMD

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion
    WebMD

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community
    WebMD

    Community

    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Health & Sex

Font Size
A
A
A

What Your Friend's Divorce Means for Your Marriage

"Is she better off?"

Divorce can be a little like Ludwig Bemelmans's fictional pintsize Madeline and her appendicitis: Her little schoolgirl friends see her in a hospital bed, and rather than thinking about the painful ordeal she suffered, they see her flanked with toys and jealously declare, "We want to have our appendix out, too!" Similarly, now that your friend has had a 185pound North American Domestic Jerk surgically removed from her life, she might feel a profound sense of freedom, followed by shopping sprees for sexy clothes and hot interludes courtesy of Match.com. And of course, while you know how wrenching the separation was, all you see now are the fun rewards.

"I know it was really hard for my friend Cathy, and of course there have been times that she's slept with a new guy and regretted it or has been waiting for the phone to ring," says Sarah, a 36yearold mother in Los Angeles. "But on the whole she seems to be having a lot more fun than I am as a married mom. I got kind of jealous when she started going out to bars, dating, seeing last minute Friday night movies without a thought." For Annie, a 45yearold mom in Croswell, MS, it's been "strange" to watch her formerly married friend change gears to life as a single woman; Annie can't help but feel envious. "Her ex-husband has their two daughters every other weekend, and she recently took an impromptu trip to Florida," she says. "I have four children, and my husband and I have never been away for a weekend without the kids."

Julie, a 37yearold mother of two in Minneapolis, sees the glow that her recently separated friend has "from dating someone new, from hearing 'I love you' for the first time." That's a glow that even the most loving married couples can't maintain day to day, Julie notes: "People who say otherwise, like 'I still get butterflies when I look at him,' are liars, I think."

"We're safe. Aren't we?"

If Julie sounds bitter, she's not. "I know that my husband and I have something different and deeper than new love," she says. Likewise, when Sarah really takes stock of her situation, she's glad to be sharing her life with her husband. "I kind of look at my own marriage in a harsh glare and rosy glow," says Sarah. "Some days I think, Man, I could just walk, like so and so. Other days, I think, Boy, am I lucky."

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Today on WebMD

couple not communicating
How to tell when you're in one.
couple face to face
Get your love life back on track.
 
couple having an argument
Turn spats into solutions
couple in argument
When to call it quits.
 
Life Cycle of a Penis
Article
HIV Myth Facts
Slideshow
 
How Healthy is Your Sex Life
Quiz
Couple in bed
Video
 
6 Tips For Teens
Article
Close-up of young man
Article
 
screening tests for men
Slideshow
HPV Vaccine Future
Article