How Sex Addiction Impacts Women
Sexual addiction is frequently associated with the male population, but women are also impacted by sex addiction. While sex addiction is more common among males, many women are impacted by the behavior of male sex addicts. Sex addiction is also not uncommon among women, and female sex addicts can be negatively impacted by their own addictive behavior.
Definition of Sex Addiction
It can be difficult to distinguish between a healthy sexually active person and a sex addict. Many people take pleasure in an adventurous sex life and would object to being labeled as sex addicts. Medical professionals often consider addiction to be a psychological phenomenon that involves obsessive and compulsive behavior that can be destructive to the addict’s life and well-being. A person who is involved in sexual activities that some view as abnormal may still be a healthy, functional adult instead of a sex addict. Conversely, a sex addict may be addicted to behavior that is widely considered normal but has become obsessed with thinking about and engaging in this behavior. For sex addicts, sexual obsessions consume every waking thought and interfere with the normal routine of living, working and relating to others.
Sex addicts are often prone to co-occurring addictions as well. They often come from dysfunctional families and have suffered from some form of abuse or a lack of nurturing, approval, love and encouragement. Sex addiction is often a manifestation of the need to address emotional pain and satisfy emotional needs that have been neglected. Sex addiction is viewed by many sexologists and sex therapists as an attachment or intimacy disorder.
How Women Can Be Impacted by Male Sex Addiction
Male sex addiction often involves objectifying women. There are a number of ways that women can be impacted by male sex addiction, including the following:
- Marital infidelity
- Rape or sexual assault
- Molestation as a child
- Sexual harassment
How Women Can Be Impacted by Their Own Sex Addiction
Childhood sexual abuse is a contributing factor in many cases of female sex addiction. Females tend to be more relationship oriented than males, so if their trust is betrayed by a molester, it can lead to emotional intimacy issues. Female childhood abuse survivors still have a desire for intimacy but they are likely to have difficulty trusting others, particularly men. Female sex addiction can often occur as a defense mechanism or a desire to exert control through sexuality. Female sex addiction is often manifested in a number of destructive behaviors, including the following:
- Obsessive or compulsive dating
- Extramarital affairs
- Unsafe sex
- Obsessive or compulsive use of personal ads or dating websites
- Multiple or anonymous sexual partners
Finding Help for Sexual Addiction
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