I came across the following while reading some of the sexuality and disgust research on the way to a post I'm preparing on anti-gay attitudes and the sexual desire-disgust conflict. I won't be using this in my future post, but I found the article interesting, nonetheless.
Disgust may play a role in a sexual dysfunction that often renders penetration impossible, new research finds, perhaps revealing a psychological component to physical sexual complaints.
Specifically, women with a disorder called vaginismus are more likely than healthy women or women who have other sexual disorders to feel disgust in response to sexual byproducts such as semen. Vaginismus is a condition in which the pelvic muscles involuntarily contract when penetrated; it often prevents penis-in-vagina intercourse entirely. Though the exact number of women affected is unknown, vaginismus is an uncommon condition, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The new results suggest that involuntary disgust could cause this contraction as a defense mechanism, researchers say.
"In this sense, disgust acts as an emotional equivalent to a cold shower," said Mark van Overveld, a postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Read more