Sexual Frustration: Definition & Symptoms

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Instructor: Yolanda Williams

Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.

Did you know that it is possible to feel sexual frustration even in cases where you have sexual contact on a regular basis? Learn more about sexual frustration and its symptoms from this lesson.

What Is Sexual Frustration?

Have you ever been dissatisfied with the lack of intimacy in your relationships? Maybe you've found it difficult to reach the level of pleasure you would like to experience during sex? If so, you've unfortunately experienced sexual frustration.

So what exactly do we mean by sexual frustration? Simply put, sexual frustration occurs when we become agitated due to not being satisfied with our sex lives. In other words, our sexual desires and needs aren't currently being met. Sexual frustration does not necessarily mean that you're lacking sex or intimacy, it just means that you're not satisfied with the sex or intimacy that you're receiving.

Sexual Frustration Causes

Sexual frustration can occur for many reasons. For example, if one partner has a higher sex drive than the other, both partners are at risk for sexual frustration. Sexual frustration can occur if you aren't receiving the level of intimacy that you'd like to be experiencing with your partner. For example, if you're in an intimate relationship with someone but you barely hug or kiss, you might feel like you don't really know your partner. People who suffer from a sexual dysfunction disorder, which is a type of sexual disorder that inhibits the expression of sexuality in some way, such as experiencing erectile disorder, may also experience sexual frustration.

Another cause of sexual frustration involves not having the type of sexual contact that you want. For example, if one sexual partner wants to try something that the other sexual partner does not allow, that can lead to sexual frustration. Climaxing too quickly or not at all, the inability to become sexually aroused despite wanting to have sex, not being able to have sexual contact with the person you want, or a lack of sexual activity can also cause sexual frustration.

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