Male Sexual Aversion Disorder

Definition of 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.


Common contributing factors are:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Incest
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Unresolved sexual identity issues
  • Parental sexual attitudes
  • Relationship problems
  • Fear of transmission of STI’s
  • Fear of pregnancy

Consequences of Sexual Aversion Disorder (SAD)

Men with sexual aversion disorder usually report anxiety, fear, or disgust when given the opportunity to be involved sexually. Touching and kissing may even be avoided.

When faced with the possibility of a sexual encounter, the person may experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Fearfulness
  • Panic Attacks
  • Physical symptoms

Some Male Sexual Avoidance Experiences with Sexual Aversion Disorder:

  • Penetration
  • Oral sex
  • Anal sex
  • Masturbation
  • Caressing
  • Looking at genitals
  • Vaginal smell

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

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

  • Cognitive Behavourial Intervention
  • Anatomical & Physiological education
  • Sexual myths/psychosexual education
  • Enhancing communication
  • Promoting sexual intimacy
  • Rehabilitative advice
  • Behavioural exercises

Sexual Health Relationships WA is a confidential counselling service, specialised in sexual health and relationship issues.

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

If you wish to make an appointment or require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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