Signs of Sex Addiction

Female Sex Addiction Symptoms & Treatment

Private Counselling For Female Sex Addiction: Sydney and Online

Female sex addiction disorder is little different from male sexual addiction disorder, however, female sex addiction is rarely spoken about, and therefore sex addicted women are less likely to identify their problem and seek help. A common belief classifies sex addiction as a predominant male problem. In reality, women of any age or social standing, sexual orientation, culture, or ethnic background can become caught up in the cycle of sexual addiction.

ABOUT HEALTHY FEMALE SEXUALITY

Female sexuality has been historically controversial. At the beginning of the last century, women were believed to not being able to experience sexual pleasure and orgasm, and therefore not missing it. A common expectation, past and present, associates female sexual fulfilment with relationship attachment.

The contemporary and sexually independent, confident, educated, and sexually aware woman may experience admiration or envy, indifference or shaming, even rejection of her sexuality. The controversy of fully understanding and accepting female sexuality in society is ongoing.

Women, who are passing through a phase of conscience sexual and personal development, and are freely experimenting with, and discovering their sexuality, are NOT sex addicts. These women simply learn to embrace their sexual abilities by getting in tune with their own sexual bodies, and by becoming familiar with how their sensual and sexual bodies work; thus learning the integration of their sexual spirituality. These are practises men have engaged in throughout the ages, and are not related to sexual addiction.

WHAT IS FEMALE SEX ADDICTION DISORDER?

Female sex addiction disorder, like their male counterpart, is characterised by compulsive escalations of sexual acts and fantasies, and by escalations of sexual intensity to the expense of progressive emotional and sexual intimacy erosion.

There is no biological evidence of abnormal high sex drives in women suffering from sex addiction. Rather, female sex addicts rely on the biochemical effects of sex to manage their lives and in doing so unconsciously self-regulate the effects of underlying trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, other emotional pain, and any number of negative mood states- all female sex addiction symptoms. 

A male or female sex addict, typically uses sex without or with diminished emotional attachment. Sexual partners are used as mere sexual objects.

Sex addiction means not being able to stop and permanently abstain from one's sexual compulsions, despite being fully aware of negative consequences such behaviours may be causing. Female sexual addiction can be identified when sex has become the defining order in a woman's life, and when sex is overriding her needs for safety, and/or interferes with her ability to prioritising other vital aspects of her private, or professional life. 

Female sex addiction is often confused with love addiction. Love addicts are not addicted to sex, and can be male or female. For further information on love addiction please see over to our designated page  Love Addiction.

FEMALE SEXUAL ADDICTION SYMPTOMS

Female sexual addiction behaviours can find expression in multiple forms, and in some cases, may be motivated by power. Acting out sexual addictive behaviours may include multiple forms of masturbation and auto erotica, online sex, seduction, affairs, multiple partners, role-play, pain/sensation/power exchange, exhibitionism, swinging, trading sex, and/or consuming, producing, acting commercial or amateur pornography. 

As common in all addiction, female sex addiction symptoms include - lasting satisfaction cannot be achieved and cravings return. Moderate to serious mood swings may become noticeable, and in some cases, peaking in intense frustration or violent anger when sex is unattainable. (related to SRD or Sexual Rage Disorder). Sex addiction is a brain disorder of acquired 'faulty wiring' of the pleasure reward circuitry in the meso-limbic brain region. Here, the brain has addicted to its own exaggerated endorphin highs, triggered by chronic compulsive sexual fantasy and/or hyper sexual activity. Please read further information on our designated pages  Sexual Addictions and  Sex Addiction Research and Information.

PORNOGRAPHY AND FEMALE SEX ADDICTION

More women addicted to pornography, with an estimated 3% of women being reported to be porn and sex addicts, according to US studies, in contrast to their male counterparts of about 8-10% of male porn and sex addicts. In recent years, more women use pornography as an accepted form of entertainment. With increased exposure to porn, a growing number of women may be at risk to addict to pornography.

COUNSELLING FOR FEMALE SEX ADDICTION

If you think you, or a loved-one, may have be addicted to sex, or if you are concerned about aspects of your own sexuality, or you just want to know more about the symptoms of female sex addiction,  book an appointment or call Heide 02 9380 4486 during AEST office hours, partners are welcome, or email  info@sexaddictionaustralia.com.au

   

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