Female Sexual Disgust Disorder

Sexual aversion disorder is defined as sexual dysfunctions that occur with the person’s constant and repetitive disgust, aversion to any sexual activity or intercourse, and the reactions it shows. These activities can be kissing, seeing the genitals, touching, oral sex, as well as the person may feel aversion to the genital secretions or to the whole sexual activity. When the person experiencing the disorder is confronted with whatever he or she is disgusted with, he may show symptoms such as severe tension, distress, sometimes retching, vomiting, feeling very bad, and even fainting in rare cases, and sexual activity may not be sustained. Accordingly, due to the continuity of the situation, it negatively affects the sexual life of the person who avoids sexuality or sexual activity that he is disgusted with. It is a specific disorder with long-term avoidance and avoidance behavior from sexual intercourse.

In people with sexual aversion disorder, sexual desire is severely reduced and there is a more severe loss of sexual desire. There is an extreme insensitivity to sexuality, hatred and anger towards sexuality. Therefore, sexual aversion disorder should be considered as a further dimension of the problem of sexual reluctance.

When looking at people with sexual aversion disorder, the problem often coexists with obsessive personality disorder. These people are also obsessed with cleanliness and meticulousness. In addition, anxiety and panic disorder, as well as phobic avoidance, are disorders that can be seen together with sexual aversion disorder. The striking point is that these people actually do not have a problem with their partners. People who are mostly attached to their partners, in love with them, but due to some factors, they cannot show this love in sexuality. Evaluations such as sin, shame and prohibition may come to the fore.


  • Models of humiliating sexuality, avoidance of sexuality, and prohibiting sexuality, expressed with concepts such as “shame, forbidden, sin”

  • Negative view of sexuality and negative value judgments

  • Lack of adequate emotional support for sexual interests and thoughts in childhood

  • Punishing and inhibiting attitude

  • Sexual abuse, previous sexual traumas (harassment, sexual abuse and rape)

  • Growing up with ultra-conservative and strict religious rules

  • Sexual prohibitions and strict moral rules

  • Painful sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)


Correct communication with the client, providing an environment of trust, and providing the support of the spouse are very important in the treatment of all sexual problems. In the treatment, sensitive point exercises outside the genitals and systematic desensitization techniques are used against sexual panic. After the reduction of anxiety is achieved, recognition of one’s own body and sexual organs, erotic massage, pelvic floor muscle exercises and adaptation to male sexual organs are performed.

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