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Sex can be an exciting and satisfying activity, or it can be an activity that brings about feelings of guilt or even embarrassment or shame. If sex makes you feel embarrassed or ashamed, likely, you are sexually repressed.

While sex is completely healthy, normal, and necessary, it has long been considered a ‘taboo’ or ‘immoral’ subject. Due to our society’s belief that sex is taboo, many have an immediate association with sex being wrong or bad. Sigmund Freud was one of the first people to acknowledge sexual repression and how our attitudes toward sex affect our behavior. Through puberty, we develop sexual desires but if our environment shuns sex or treats it as being a taboo subject, sexual repression could emerge.

Here are 7 signs of sexual repression.

1. Asexuality.

Sexual repression can be so off-putting to some that it makes them not want sex at all. Remember, sexual repression can be caused by several things, especially trauma, which can make sex feel especially off.

2. Guilt or shame following sex.

After sex, do you feel guilt or shame? This is typically a result of negative connotations associated with sexual repression.

3. Difficulty finding pleasure in sex.

For those who are sexually repressed, it can be hard to feel the pleasure that should be expected with sex Some even say that it can be painful to have sex or physically uncomfortable.

4. Discomfort around nudity.

Nudity is a very normal thing. However, for those who feel negative feelings associated with sex, being around nudity can be an uncomfortable experience.

5. Shame and distress surrounding sexual fantasy.

If your sexual fantasies bring about discomfort or distress, you may be sexually repressed. In turn, fantasies may push you in the other direction towards shame or even frustration.

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