In most literature, the heading ‘sexual desire conditions’ refer to conditions that cause a person to have no desire for sexual engagement. On this web site ‘Sexual Desire Conditions’ will refer to conditions that both eliminate sexual desire through to those that result in an over-active sexual desire.
The human sexual response cycle consists of four phases: ‘desire’, ‘arousal’, ‘orgasm’, and ‘resolution’. The ‘sexual desire conditions’ in this section of the web site are those that interfere with the ‘desire’ and ‘arousal’ phases of the cycle.
Phase 1. Desire:
Consists of three components: sexual drive, sexual motivation, and sexual wish. These reflect the biological, psychological, and social, aspects of desire, respectively.
Phase 2. Arousal:
Is brought on by psychological and/or physiological stimulation. Multiple physiologic changes occur in men and women that prepare them for orgasm. In men, increased blood flow causes erection, penile colour changes, and testicular elevation. In women; vaginal lubrication, clitoral tumescence, and labial colour changes.
In many cases, sexual desire conditions are created by traumatic experiences influence our sexual behaviours. The term; behaviour, often gives the impression of having control or even responsibility, however in sexual desire conditions a person is more likely to be out of control of their sexually-related behaviours and take responsibility for their actions even knowing that there is an ulterior/underlying driving force behind them.
Whether it be; sexual compulsion and addiction where the person experiences a continuous lack of fulfilment, and as a result is continuously seeking to be fulfilled sexually, or a person who is at the other end of the spectrum and experiences; feelings of disgust and fear (just like a phobia) for any type of sexual activity, both conditions can have a negative impact on a person’s sexual engagements and relationships.