Wow someone in the comments section of the article calls it a 'defect' or a 'disability'. I don't really think that's the case...
What does "defect" mean anyway?
I think that the most scientific definition one can use for "defect" is something that interferes with reproductive success. This can include things that only affect it in very, very indirect ways like being thrown in jail because you are a kleptomaniac. I'm obviously looking at this from an evolutionary perspective.
I realize a lot of people might not like this definition because they feel that "defect" is "negative" (whatever that means) and might not feel that everything that interferes with reproductive success is "negative" (like homosexuality). I just want to point out that those ideas are very ill defined.
Even as a gay man, I consider homosexuality to be a "birth defect." People don't like that term because they feel it is "negative" but can anybody deny that we did not evolve by being gay? Note that, that does not mean that there is anything "wrong" with it. Or that gay people should be repressed or seek cures. All I am saying is that from a scientific, evolutionary perspective it makes sense to call abnormal sexualities "defects".
i'm not biologically educated enough to know how healthy it is to live with no sex drive of any kind whatsoever, but from most of what i have been taught, the occasional orgasm is fairly important to mental and possibly physical health...
I don't know all the things that cause asexuality (I'm sure there is more than one cause) but I'm sure that some are signs of bad mental and physical health. With homosexuality we at least know that they are wired for "normal" sexuality if the rest of them was the opposite sex, but I think asexuality implies a malfunction and not just a mismatch.
I can emphasize with asexuality a little bit because I go through short bouts where I am not interested in anybody... but they are always very short... often over within a day.
...I remember reading about a study on prostate health in men and orgasm frequency. Their definition of a lot of orgasms was 20 a month. I think I do about twice that