Eating disorder sex

Duration: 11min 37sec Views: 1886 Submitted: 25.02.2020
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My First Time is a column and podcast series exploring sexuality, gender, and kink with the wide-eyed curiosity of a virgin. We all know your "first time" is about a lot more than just popping your cherry. From experimenting with kink to just trying something new and wild, everyone experiences thousands of first times in the bedroom—that's how sex stays fun, right? This week, survivor and activist Laura Hearn of Jiggsy's Place talks about her experiences of sex and dating whilst in recovery for an eating disorder. I remember feeling really self-conscious about my body from the age of around ten or

Sexual functioning in women with eating disorders

Intimacy Issues and Eating Disorders in Women

In everything from sultry chocolate advertisements to the myths of aphrodisiacs, food and sex have been intimately linked together throughout much of history. Various food items have historically been used to enhance the sexual experience, whether for their reputation of increasing libido or by actual incorporation into sexual encounters, and others are described using terms associated with the actual act of sex. In his assessment of the hierarchy of human needs, Abraham Maslow identified food and sexual instinct as two of the most basic human requirements, essential for physiological functioning 1. As such, food and sex provide earthy, physical experiences, engaging the body through pleasure and sensuality. For those struggling with an eating disorder, however, the relationship with both of these subjects becomes strained. Low body weight is associated with loss of libido and complications with testosterone production, as well as physiological impairment of the functioning of the sex organs 3.

Intimacy Issues and Eating Disorders in Women

Sex is about intimacy and, in many ways, so are eating disorders. Anorexia symptoms, like feeling unloved and having a poor body image, can derail sexual and other relationships. The physical and emotional turmoil that accompanies an eating disorder can make sexual relationships very difficult. Restarting your sex life requires psychological and physical work — and patience. Compounding the physical anorexia symptoms are the serious emotional problems.
We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. In the fall of , as I set out to conduct interviews on sexuality in women with anorexia nervosa for my dissertation research, I did so knowing that women would express experiences with low sex drive. After all, research shows that this population tends to have avoidant, immature, and averse feelings toward sexual activity.