Sex Aversion Due to Sexual Abuse
I was molested by my father as a child, and it wasn't until I was well
into adulthood before I struggled with it. However, I am really
uncomfortable with sex to the point where I will try very hard to avoid it.
Could the two be related?
It is very likely that the sexual abuse of the past is related to the sexual
aversion of the present - for quite some time, it has been established
that the fallout of childhood abuse can be far-reaching, affecting some
women well into adulthood. Most victims report feelings of
helplessness, and have higher incidence rates of depression,
post-traumatic stress disorder, and a condition called "sexual aversion
disorder," which explains some victims' difficulty in their sexual
relationships in adulthood.
Sexual aversion disorder, while it can be found among the general
population, is especially associated with victims of abuse. This
disorder is characterized by unusually strong, negative feelings toward
sexual contact, including fear, anxiety, or disgust. People who suffer
from the condition avoid sex as much as possible, and if they do
decide to become physical with their partners, they don't enjoy it.
Fortunately, sexual aversion disorder can be treated through therapy
with an understanding counselor. Obviously, because the condition is
linked to sexual abuse, the abuse issues should be dealt with at the
same time. As a bonus, getting these issues clear up can improve a
woman's overall quality of life, since the many psychological disorders
that are linked to abuse will be healed as she addresses her past.