Still, despite evidence that sexual desire and arousal are not usually absent in asexuals, current research indicates that aces do have significantly lower sexual desire and arousal than sexual individuals. Several aces even said that while they can experience orgasm (a reflexive response), it is almost always -- and this is a direct quote -- "meh." Brotto's study indicates, however, that these lower levels are not caused by an "impaired psychophysiological sexual arousal response." As one asexual put it, "everything works, we just don't want to get somebody else involved." Tellingly, most asexuals who masturbate say they rarely think about another person during the act, and even when they do, it's in a non-sexual context.
She estimates that half of all asexuals stimulate themselves on a fairly regular basis.For women, a less-amped libido often results from lower testosterone levels, not too much self-love, Fleming says.Plus, women don't have the built-in recovery period between orgasms like men.Brotto estimates that about 10 percent of masturbating asexuals masturbate to non-human images.One woman Brotto studied said she masturbates to mythical fairies.D., LMFT, a licensed therapist and sexuality counselor.