Sexual Aversion Disorder is related to Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. It has some of the same characteristics of a general lack of sexual desire, but it also includes an element that can be characterized as an anxiety disorder. People who have Sexual Aversion Disorder can also experience symptoms of a panic disorder.
A person who has been diagnosed with Sexual Aversion Disorder not only has no interest in being intimate with a partner, but also expresses anxiety at the idea of doing so. He or she may even express feelings of disgust at being involved in a sexual relationship.
Facts About Sexual Aversion Disorder
- More women than men are affected by Sexual Aversion Disorder. This condition may also be referred to as frigidity in women.
- In many cases, the individual has a history of sexual abuse, incest or trauma.
- The individual with this type of sexual disorder may not seek treatment specifically for his or her lack of interest in genital contact with another person. Women who have the disorder may even avoid being examined by a gynecologist.
- Some people diagnosed with Sexual Aversion Disorder do report feeling sexual desire, but they are not interested in expressing it through direct contact with another person.
- Low testosterone levels may contribute to an aversion to being intimate.
- It is possible for a person to develop this disorder after they have experienced a healthy sexual relationship with a partner. The person in this scenario may be reacting to a sexual assault or other type of trauma.
- In some cases, Sexual Aversion Disorder is linked to lack of communication between partners. If one person does not feel that his or her emotional needs are being met or is being pressured into having intercourse when they are not really interested, these negative feelings can develop into a general lack of interest in sex.
- Once the condition has been diagnosed, the patient is referred to a psychologist or a sex therapist to start desensitization therapy. If the patient has a partner, that individual can play a part in the healing process.
Treatment of Sexual Aversion Disorder
Once an individual has been diagnosed with Sexual Aversion Disorder, a combination of talk therapy and medications may be given to help deal with the anxiety the patient feels about sexual contact. Antidepressant medications or tranquilizers may be prescribed to control the anxiety symptoms while the patient addresses the underlying issues around physical intimacy.
Relaxation exercises may also help the patient to avoid reverting into panic mode in an intimate situation. The patient will be encouraged to delve into the root of the issue and examine what aspect of sexual intimacy triggers the feeling of aversion or disgust.
To get appropriate treatment for Sexual Aversion Disorder, an individual must commit to working with a professional with experience treating sexual disorders. Another option is going to a treatment center specializing in the treatment of sexual disorders to get help and support to move toward having a satisfying sexual relationship with a partner.
- Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: Women’s Sexual Health in Midlife and Beyond, Overview of the Disorder and criteria for diagnosis.
- Depression-Guide.com – Treatment for Sexual Aversion Disorder
- AnxietyZone.com: Sexual Aversion Disorder, Information about prevention, communication issues