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Sexual Behaviors of Asexuals


Leonor de Oliveira

Clinical Psychologist
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Content: Asexuality is commonly regarded as a lack of sexual attraction. Knowledge on asexuality is still scattered, often resulting in a blind spot for sexologists. Triggered by a recent paper* she co-authored, Dr de Oliveira, a clinical psychologist from Portugal, shares her thoughts about the current findings on asexuality. She has been particularly interested in understanding: how do asexuals behave sexually, what kind of sexual relationships do they form, do they have sexual fantasies, is their sexual function impaired? Dr de Oliveira provides answers to these and many more questions and synthesizes the available data to help us understand why sexual boredom is important for sexual health, the most important findings on this topic, and how these may impact our clinical practice. As many of the research findings contradict intuitive assumptions or heteronormativity criteria, this talk will better prepare professionals to inquire about asexuals’ psychological, medical, and social needs.


* de Oliveira, L., Carvalho, J., Sarikaya, S. et al. Patterns of sexual behavior and psychological processes in asexual persons: a systematic review. Int J Impot Res 33, 641–651 (2021)

Produced in 2022

Leonor de Oliveira

Clinical Psychologist

Leonor de Oliveira, MSc in Psychology, is a Clinical Psychologist credited by the Portuguese Board of Psychologists and Sexual Therapist by the Portuguese Society of Clinical Sexology.

Currently integrates Porto University’s Centre for Psychology as a researcher, and the Doctoral Program in Human Sexuality as a student. Her main research topic is sexual boredom and its relationships with individual, relationship, and systemic aspects. She runs a social media project called “Pronto a despir” since 2014 where she promotes evidence based sexual education and advocates for sexual rights.

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