Sexual Aversion Disorder (SAD)

Definition of Sexual Aversion Disorder (SAD)

Sexual Aversion Disorder (SAD)Sexual Aversion Disorder is phobic aversion to and avoidance of sexual contact with a sexual partner, which causes personal distress.

This is the most severe form of sexual desire disorder. It involves a fear of sexual intercourse and an intense desire to avoid sexual situations completely.

In heterosexual men this is often related to an aversion to a woman's vagina or genitals. He may be repulsed by the outward looks or the smell of her vagina.

A man's reaction to his partner's body and sexuality can greatly impact the quality of their relationship.

Contributing Factors of Sexual Aversion Disorder (SAD)

Contributing Factors:

Common factors:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Parental sexual attitudes
  • Anxieties about a person's sexual performance
  • Unresolved sexual identity issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Fear of blood on the penis after penetration
  • Fear of transmission of sexually transmitted infections
  • Fear of pregnancy

Consequences of Sexual Aversion Disorder (SAD)

Common Experiences of men with Sexual Aversion Disorder, when faced with the possibility of a sexual encounter:

  • Anxiety
  • Fearfulness
  • Physical symptoms, such as:
    • rapid heart rate
    • sweating
    • dizziness
    • nausea
    • trembling
    • diarrhea

Treatment of Sexual Aversion Disorder (SAD)

In order to treat Sexual Aversion disorder sex therapy /counselling is recommended.

Sexual Health Australia is a confidential counselling service, specialised in sexual health and relationship issues. We have experienced sex therapists and relationship counsellors who offer counselling and support for individuals with sexual aversion disorder and their partners.

We offer individual and/or couple's counselling. Face to face counselling is offered in Sydney CBD and phone counselling is offered nationally.  When in a relationship, a co-operative couple will benefit more from treatment.

Sex therapy/counselling for Sexual Aversion Disorder may include some of the following:

  • Anxiety reduction/desensitization
  • Cognitive restructuring techniques
  • Sexual myths/psychosexual education
  • Enhancing communication
  • Promoting sexual intimacy
  • Behavioural assignments/homework exercises

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