Female Sexual Aversion Disorder


Over the years men and women may experience a natural loss of desire to indulge in sexual activity. However, the sexual aversion disorder is different. With this disorder, a person experiences displeasure, aversion, fear or disgust to engage in sexual activity in consensual relationships.  It should not be confused with simple lack of desire as it also entails feelings of disgust, anger, fear and dislike whenever there is physical contact. The sexual aversion disorder takes place both in males and females, but affects females to a greater extent on account of its causes. We shall discuss the Female Sexual Aversion Disorder.

The Female Sexual Aversion Disorder is a sexual disorder that functions more like a phobia or anxiety disorder. There are several categories of the Sexual Aversion Disorder. It may be:

  1. Lifelong (continuing throughout life)
  2. Situational (under certain circumstances or with a particular partner)
  3. Generalized (every time irrespective of the partner or circumstances)

What are the causes of the Female Sexual Aversion Disorder?

  • This sexual disorder is caused by psychological and physical factors or a combination of both. Traumatic experiences have been listed as the most common cause. They include sexual abuse, rape or incest that may have occurred in the past but, have left a painful impact on the mind.
  • Troubled relationships are another cause for the Female Sexual Aversion Disorder and are mostly situational in nature. It has been observed that friction, tension and discontent in a relationship discourage a woman from having sexual contact with a specific partner.
  • Situational Female Sexual Aversion Disorder may also occur when the partner lacks personal hygiene.
  • If the woman is a victim of domestic violence she may dislike getting intimate with that person.
  • The fear of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases may also be regarded as a cause for the Female Sexual Aversion Disorder.
  • Though rare, certain cultural and religious attitudes towards sex may make a person avoid sexual contact.

Signs of Female Sexual Aversion Disorder

The signs vary from woman to woman. The most severe sign of the Female Sexual Aversion Disorder is the occurrence of a panic attack when the person faces the possibility of sexual encounter. The woman experiences anxiety and fear for sexual intercourse and tries hard to avoid sexual contact.

There is a lack of interest and feeling of disgust. The other physical symptoms that manifest include shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, trembling, sweating, dizziness, nausea and diarrhea. Women also try to avoid the partner in whatever they can by engaging themselves in other work or dressing unattractively.

The aversion is of different forms. Women dislike sexual intercourse and even getting intimate by kissing, petting and hugging. The Female Sexual Aversion Disorder is related to specific aspects such as inability to watch the partner get undressed, the sight of the partner’s genitals, oral and anal sex and the sight and smell of body secretions. In the most severe cases, women afflicted with the Female Sexual Aversion Disorder neglect personal hygiene and avoid taking a bath. However, in some cases women are not much affected by kissing and caressing.

Diagnosing the Female Sexual Aversion Disorder is difficult as there are other sexual disorders that have similar symptoms and it occurs in association with other sexual disorders. Treatment of the sexual disorder is possible but, difficult as most of the times patients do not disclose their condition to others out of embarrassment. Counseling is most effective for this disorder. The treatment also includes medication to treat symptoms.


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