What is Alvinolagnia?

Alvinolagnia is a paraphilia, which is a type of sexual disorder characterized by persistent and intense sexual arousal to atypical or unusual stimuli. In the case of alvinolagnia, the unusual or atypical stimulus is the belly button, also known as the navel. Individuals with alvinolagnia may experience sexual fantasies or engage in sexual activities involving the navel, such as kissing, licking, or inserting objects into the belly button.

Alvinolagnia pronunciation: / al-vi-noh-lay-nee-uh /

Alvinolagnia - Word Definition

The word “alvinolagnia” is derived from the Latin word “alvus,” which means belly or abdomen, and the Greek word “lagneia,” which means lust or desire. The term is not widely recognized outside of the sexology community and is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

However, individuals with alvinolagnia may experience distress or impairment in their daily lives due to their sexual desires, which may warrant treatment from a mental health professional.

Additional information about Alvinolagnia

  1. The term “alvinolagnia” was first coined by Dr. John Money, a sexologist, in the 1980s.
  2. Alvinolagnia is considered a rare paraphilia, with little research on its prevalence or treatment options.
  3. Some individuals with alvinolagnia may also have a fetish for navels that are “outies” rather than “innies.”
  4. Alvinolagnia is sometimes considered a form of omphalophilia, which is a broader term for sexual arousal related to the navel.

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