Think you’re a sex fiend? Let’s find out
If you really love sex, have a high sex drive, or find yourself in the throes of a Big O as often as possible, good for you! A satisfying sex life is a beautiful thing. It even has the power to keep you feeling young, happy, and healthy.
But what’s the difference between I-love-sex and I-love-sex-so-much-maybe-I’m-addicted-to-it?
Let’s start by defining sexual addiction. According to PsychCentral, it’s the “dysfunctional preoccupation with sexual fantasy, often in combination with the obsessive pursuit of casual or non-intimate sex; pornography; compulsive masturbation; romantic intensity and objectified partner sex for a period of at least six months.”
Not sure if that applies to you? You can also ask yourself these questions:
Are you out of control? Being compulsively obsessed with sex, porn, self-pleasuring, or even flirting can be signs of a problem. Especially if it’s negatively impacting work, school, relationships, and your wellbeing.
Are you unsatisfied having sex with the same person(s)? Constantly cheating on your S.O. because you need more and more sex with a seemingly unlimited number of partners to be satisfied may be a sign of a problem.
Are you taking sexual risks? If your desire for sexual activity is overriding your commitment to personal safety, you have to deal with that. From STIs to criminal activity, out-of-control sexual behavior can put you at risk for injury, illness, arrest, or harm.
Are you hiding your sexual behavior? Being deceptive about your sexual obsessiveness—because you’re ashamed of it or afraid of the consequences—is an indication that you may have a problem.
Many health care professionals believe that sex addiction—or more accurately, hypersexual disorder—is best treated in one-on-one counseling or support groups. Here’s how to find support if you’re grappling with this destructive issue.
And what about that label nympho? Could you be one? Nymphomania isn’t actually a scientific condition. It’s just a term to describe excessive sexual desire by a woman and frankly, there are plenty of times when we can relate to that. So we’re going to stock up on birth control and embrace our inner nympho in a healthy way.
Take care of yourself,
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