Sexual anorexia is the compulsive avoidance of sexual activity resulting from extreme fear and anxiety of intimacy and sexual situations. In the same way that traditional anorexia patients starve themselves from food and nourishment, sexual anorexia patients starve themselves from intimacy. Many people conflate sexual anorexia with asexuality, assuming both are a lack of interest in sexual activity.
Sexual anorexia is something that should be discussed more; until it is recognized as a legitimate condition it’s likely to continue to be dismissed as a fear of rejection. For many of us, it’s more than that — it’s real, and it’s heartbreaking.