Sexual Aversion: Overview

Content Written By: Stanley E. Althof, PhD

Sexual aversion is characterized by disgust, fear, revulsion, or lack of desire in consensual relationships involving genital contact. Sexual aversion disorder represents a much stronger dislike of and active avoidance of sexual activity than merely loss of sexual desire. The aversion may be related to specific aspects of sexual intercourse such as kissing or touching or intercourse itself. Sexual aversion disorder may be characterized as lifelong or acquired, situational or generalized. It may be caused by psychologic factors and/or biologic factors.

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