Can One Become Too Desensitized To Sex?

Recently, a young woman wrote into us at Kinsey Confidential with a question about sex. She didn’t find sex to be particularly pleasurable, alone or with a partner, and mainly used it as a stress reliever. She wondered if this had to do with her early experiences with masturbation and watching her brother’s porn, and asked if these experiences could have desensitized to her sex and sexual pleasure. Listen to, or read, my response on the Kinsey Confidential web site.

Debby Herbenick, PhD is a sex researcher and educator, a widely read sex columnist and author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction. Follow her on Twitter @mysexprofessor.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at