- Will Smith said he was having so much sex at one point in his life, he was disgusted by orgasming.
- Smith wrote about his “psychosomatic response” to sex in his new memoir, “Will.”
- The actor wrote sex “would literally make me gag and sometimes even vomit” at times.
After his first serious girlfriend Melanie cheated on him while he was on a brief music tour, Smith said he began having sex with multiple women a week to work through the breakup.
“Up until this point in my life, I had only had sex with one woman other than Melanie. But over the next few months, I went full ghetto hyena,” Smith wrote. “I desperately needed relief but as there is no pill for heartbreak, I resorted to the homeopathic remedies of shopping and rampant sexual intercourse.”
Smith wrote the problem got so severe, he started having a negative physical reaction whenever he would have sex.
“I had sex with so many women, and it was so constitutionally disagreeable to the core of my being, that I developed a psychosomatic reaction to having an orgasm,” he wrote. “It would literally make me gag and sometimes even vomit.”
Psychosomatic responses to sex can occur due to extreme stress or trauma
Psychosomatic responses occur when a person is undergoing a lot of pressure or stress in their life. According to research by the Cleveland Clinic, these responses can range from aches and pains, to stomach problems, to trouble having sex.
According to the Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders, severe aversion to sex may indicate a person has sexual aversion disorder (SAD), a condition in which a person has extreme distress surrounding sexual encounters.
People with sexual aversion disorder may experience symptoms like anxiety, disgust, and acute panic at the idea of having sex with someone.
Cindy M. Meston of the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin notes SAD can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma and existing anxiety disorders. People with SAD are not always averse to all sex, as they may have specific sexual relationships or situations that cause them stress.