If you have little desire for sexual contact, you may have sexual anorexia. People with sexual anorexia avoid, fear, or dread sexual intimacy. Sometimes, the condition is also called inhibited sexual desire, sexual avoidance, or sexual aversion. It can involve physical problems, such as impotence in men. It often has no physical cause. Both men and women can experience sexual anorexia.
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In the fall of , as I set out to conduct interviews on sexuality in women with anorexia nervosa for my dissertation research, I did so knowing that women would express experiences with low sex drive. After all, research shows that this population tends to have avoidant, immature, and averse feelings toward sexual activity. What I did not expect, however, was how often women worried that this experience was unique. Over and over again, feelings of abnormality would come up in these conversations.
Sexual anorexia, a term made popular by sex addiction expert Dr. Patrick Carnes, is the compulsive avoidance of sex and sex-related matters. The word anorexia means without appetite anorexia being derived from the Greek word, orexis , so sexual anorexia refers to a lack of sexual appetite. What makes it a form of addiction is the compulsive avoidance of sex that sexual anorexics build their lives around. Sexual anorexia can affect men and women alike.
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