Sexual frustration is a sense of dissatisfaction stemming from a discrepancy between a person's desired and achieved sexual activity. It may result from physical, mental, emotional, social, and religious or spiritual barriers. It may also derive from not being satisfied during sex, which may be due to issues such as anorgasmia, anaphrodisia, premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation,[1] erectile dysfunction,[2][3] or an incompatibility or discrepancy (or self sensed feeling of discrepancy) in libido.[4] It may also relate to broader existential frustration.[5]

Sexual frustration can result from an individual's lacking one or more of the organs needed for achieving sexual release. This may occur when a male is born without a penis or has it removed, or when a female's clitoris is removed for cultural or medical reasons.[citation needed]

Historical methods of dealing with sexual frustration have included fasting and the taking of libido suppressants such as anaphrodisiacs (food supplements)[6] or antaphrodisiacs (medicinal supplements).[7] Distress, when derived from sexlessness, has been linked by some analysts to a lack of oxytocin.[8] Sexual frustration can be pertinent despite an individual being sexually active, as may be the case for example with sexually active hypersexual people.[9] Sexual frustration has been shown to be a natural stage of the development throughout youth, when going through puberty as a teenager.[10]

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  3. ^ Winch, Guy (2011-09-20). "Marriage and Sexual Frustrations: Inevitable or Solvable?". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  4. ^ Reece, Rex (1987). "Causes and Treatments of Sexual Desire Discrepancies in Male Couples". Journal of Homosexuality. 14 (1–2): 157–172. doi:10.1300/J082v14n01_12. PMID 3655339.
  5. ^ Sallee, D. T.; Casciani, J. M. (April 1976). "Relationship between sex drive and sexual frustration and purpose in life". Journal of Clinical Psychology. 32 (2): 273–275. doi:10.1002/1097-4679(197604)32:2<273::aid-jclp2270320214>;2-s. ISSN 0021-9762. PMID 1262489.
  6. ^ Al-Durai, F. Z. Sexual behaviour and attitudes of Kuwaiti females and males and their personality correlations. Diss. University of York, 1987.
  7. ^ Larson, Jennifer. "Sexuality in Greek and Roman religion." A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities (2013): 214-229.
  8. ^ Song, Mihyon, et al. "Association between sexual health and delivery mode." Sexual medicine 2.4 (2014): 153-158.
  9. ^ Stewart, Hannah, and J. Paul Fedoroff. "Assessment and treatment of sexual people with complaints of hypersexuality." Current Sexual Health Reports 6.2 (2014): 136-144.
  10. ^ Zosky, Diane L. (2010). "Accountability in Teenage Dating Violence: A Comparative Examination of Adult Domestic Violence and Juvenile Justice Systems Policies" (PDF). Social Work. 55 (4): 359–368. doi:10.1093/sw/55.4.359. JSTOR 23719710. PMID 20977059.