Carol Boulware, MFT, Ph.D.
ABS Board Certified Sex Therapist -- Clinical Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Sexologists
Problems with Lack of Sexual Desire
Do you have any of the following issues?
If you answered "Yes" to these questions, you are not alone. The most common sexual problem in America today is ISD -- inhibited sexual desire.
Who has Inhibited Sexual Desire?
Millions of Americans face this problem, including men and women:
What is Inhibited Sexual Desire?
Lack of Sexual Desire - (Inhibited Sexual Desire, ISD )
Inhibited sexual desire is one of the most common complaints of couples seeking sex therapy. ISD refers to the lack of sexual appetite or response, together with a low rate of sexual activity. They usually do not fantasize about sex or initiate sex.
There are usually underlying psychological issues with ISD, such as avoidance of sexual contact because of fear of rejection, performance anxiety, embarrassment, fear of criticism or body image concerns. A person with ISD often participates in intercourse only as a marital duty. Affection is sometimes withheld, because there is a fear it might lead to the other partner starting sexual activity.
Sexual aversion, the most extreme form of ISD, is characterized by a person finding sex distasteful or repulsive. This person may have been traumatized by past experiences, such as molestation or rape.
ISD occurs in both men and women and can cause emotional distress or serious relationship problems. When one person is less interested in sex that the other, it can be a source of conflict, communication problems and power struggles.
Sex Therapy /relationship counseling and psychotherapy can help resolve this condition before the relationship becomes further strained.
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