No STOP sign. BH here.
I had quite a lengthy reply here and getting close to being complete when we had a power blip and I lost it all. Must be a lesson in that. Four months ago that would have defeated me. I am going to try and reconstruct what I had written.
I do not know if women are more forgiving or not. There may be more BWs than BHs on SI. I don't know. Perhaps, if there is, it is because BHs are less likely to search for support anf never find it. What surprised me was the number of BHs here when I finally registered. None the less, I find most of the input from BWs, BHs, WWs and WHs to be well thought out, to the point and instructive. I think the FWWs are particularly adept with 2X4 when other WS seem to need it.
IMO, you need to tell your BH. He probably knows something is very wrong but just can't put his finger on it. I do not think you can have a strong relationship built on secrets. It will effect you and therefore it will effect your relationships. If you end up with no consequences and you never really delve into how and why you got to the point of adultery in the first place you are doomed to repeat history. After a while it will seem like it was not big deal so another little daliance shouldn't be so bad. Most importantly, though, if you have any respect for your BH you would want him be be able to make major decisions about his life with full knowledge. Please see PainfulPast above again.
I can tell you that I believed one strike meant you were out. That was it. It would be over. My WW believed that of me, too. Even before she decided to have a LTA with a COW. There is not a week in the year that they did not have sex ar some point in the adultery. They travelled all of the major highways in the provice doing meetings. Stayed in many motels and ate in many of the chain restaurants. All are triggers. His place where she stopped on her way home from work at least once a week when they were both at work is right along the major highway in the province. I see it everytime I drive the highway. I cannot go to dinner theatres, concerts, stay in many hotel chains, eat in restaurants we used to go to any more. So, she thought before, during and after committing adultery that it would be instant divorce.
That is why she lied and lied and swore on the bible that there was nothing going on. She did that during the adultery and for 7 years after it was over (but there was contact between them during those 7 years).
Yet, I am still here. I did not think that of myself and neither did she. We are attempting R. Don't know if it will be successful. She is working hard on herself but, IMO, it will take years of therapy to peel all of her layers away. She has had so many years of having a facade erected that it will take a long time to get to the nitty gritty.
Tell him. He deserves to know. The sooner you tell him the better it will be. Not like my WW who dragged it out over 11 years.
Volunteer it. It will mean so much. Not like my WW who I finally was able to back into a corner that she felt she couldn't wiggle out of before she confessed.
Tell it all to him - don't drag it out. Not like my WW who TT'd and had 3 DDays and is still TTing.
If he wants to know something answer him and don't make him act like a prosecuting attorney to dig out the details. If the question isn't right on the mark answer him with the correct information. Not like my WW who only answered the specific question and made me reword and further question because I knew there was more I just didn't know the specifics. She did not volunteer.
Provide him with a timeline. Not like my WW, who after 11 months from DDay 1 still hasn't provided one. She wants me to help with it and I will but I want her to take the lead, to be proactive, to initiate and she hasn't.
Do not TT. Each new piece of information hits a reset button. You probably will not remember everything but work on it and keep the length of time for new information as short as possible. Not like my WW, who when asked a question still does the IDK IDR answers but does not think about them again and try to remember until the next time I ask. (The timeline will help with many details - stimulates memory).
Be proactive. Get yourself into IC. Do it for you. Peel away the layers until you can determine what it was that made it possible for you to easily commit adultery. Work on making yourself a better person - the person you want to be. Your BH may or may not be at yourside when you finally discover her. That is a risk. But you took that risk when you decided that you would not honour (Canadian spelling) your marriage or your BH.
Let him know that if he should want a polygragh some time in the future that you will set it up and do it. Not like my WW who finally set up an appointment after me harping on it. That means she probably is just trying to shut me up. Not provide me with the comfort of knowing that all is revealed.
I have gone on at some length. I know there was more in the post that I lost. The odds are stacked against us of reconciling. Just about everything my WW did was detrimental to reconciliation. I believed that one incident would be all it would take for me to D. The jury is still out. We have a long hard road ahead. D is always on the table now. But I am still here. And still working on it.
Will your BH forgive? I have not and I am a born again Christian. Will he accept? I have not but that will probably happen before forgiveness. Forgiveness is for the forgiver not the forgiven. I do not know what your BH will do but you owe it to him to provide the information so he can make an informed decision. As I said above, he probably knows something is off kilter. Just doesn't know what. And, IMO, a solid relationship cannot be built on lies and deceit.