Current Sexual Health Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 50–56 | Cite as

Human Asexuality: What Do We Know About a Lack of Sexual Attraction?

Integrating the Psychosocial (B McCarthy, RT Segraves and AH Clayton, Section Editors)
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Purpose of Review

This paper reviews the recent literature on human asexuality, which is generally defined as an absence of sexual attraction.

Recent Findings

Recent work has focused on exploring whether asexuality is best conceptualized as a mental health difficulty, a sexual dysfunction, a paraphilia, a sexual orientation, or as an identity/community, and this literature is reviewed. The authors conclude that asexuality may best be thought of as a sexual orientation and that asexuality as an identity and a community is an important component of the asexual experience.


Overall, the term asexuality likely describes a heterogeneous group of individuals, with a range of experiences. Asexuality is likely a normal variation in the experience of human sexuality, and future research into asexuality might inform our understanding of sexuality in general.


Asexuality Sexual orientation Sexual attraction 


Papers of particular importance, published recently, have been highlighted as:• Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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