Sexual Anorexia

Sexual Anorexia - is a pathological loss of "appetite" for romantic-sexual interaction, often the result of a fear of intimacy to the point that the person has severe anxiety surrounding sexual activity and emotional aspects (i.e. an intimate relationship).

What is Sexual Anorexia?

Sexual anorexia is a severe aversion to sexual contact and the obsessive avoidance of sex. People who struggle with sexual anorexia may feel self- loathing after sex, have irrational fears about sexually transmitted diseases, engage in self-destructive behaviors to avoid sex, or have episodes of promiscuous behavior followed by periods of extreme deprivation.

What Causes Sexual Anorexia?

Sexual anorexia is brought on by trauma. People with sexual anorexia and other intimacy issues long for affection, but in many cases, have come to believe that they are undeserving of love and that they cannot trust others. Extreme abstinence and isolation seem to them the only ways to stay safe.

Anorexia means “interrupted appetite.” People who have sexual anorexia actively avoid, fear or dread sexual intimacy. Inhibited sexual desire, sexual avoidance, and sexual aversion are phrases that describe the same condition. Sexual anorexia can include problems such as impotence in women, but often there is no physical cause. A person with sexual anorexia may also show fear and anger when the subject of sex comes up.

Causes of Sexual Anorexia

Common emotional causes of sexual anorexia are:

  • Sexual abuse and rape
  • Negative attitude toward sex
  • Strict religious upbringing in relation to sex
  • Communication problems
  • Power struggles with a partner or loved one

Our Sexual Anorexia treatment doesn’t just address the symptoms; it also addresses the issues and factors that contributed to the condition in the first place.

Help for Sexual Anorexia

We understand the impact that sexual anorexia can have in a woman's life. That's why at Willow House, our women-only atmosphere allows patients to drop their facades and invites them to work through the shame and pain that drives their love addiction. In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, women are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery. Visit us here or feel free to phone us at 877-472-6760.

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