Female Sex Addiction

Private Confidential Counselling For Female Sex Addiction By Renowned Sex Therapist In Sydney & Online


Female sex addiction is rarely spoken about, and therefore 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, and of any sexual orientation, culture, or ethnic background can become caught up in the cycle of sexual addiction.


Female sexuality has been historically controversial. Not so long ago in western culture, women were believed to not having sexual desire or a biological sex drive. A common expectation had associated female sexual fulfilment exclusively with relationship attachment.

In reality, women past and present, who are freely experimenting with their sexuality are not sex addicts. These women simply learn to embrace their sexuality by getting in touch with their own sexual and sensual bodies. This is a natural integration process of healthy sex and female sexual spirituality.


Female sex addiction disorder is characterised by escalations of compulsive sexual fantasies and acts, and by escalations of sexual intensity and progressive emotional intimacy erosion.

There is no biological evidence of abnormal high sex drives in women with sex addiction. Rather, and as it is common in hypersexual disorder, female sex addicts rely on neurochemically induced ‘brain highs’ from sexual activity and orgasm. Sex addicts experience their ‘highs’ as euphoria and relief as a result of increased dopamine and opioid peptide activity in their brain’s reward circuits. ‘Highs’ are short lived and soon followed by ‘lows’ and dysphoria, dissatisfaction, agitation, irritability, and mood swings. To remedy the ‘lows’, female sex addicts must repeat their merciless cycle of toxic sex addiction by acting out more sex.

The term ‘sex addict’ describes a person who is unable to stop, or permanently abstain, from their sexual compulsions despite being fully aware of the dangers and negative consequences their behaviour is bearing. Female sexual addiction can be identified where sex has become the defining order in a woman’s life, where sex is overriding her essential needs and personal safety, and where sex is interfering with her ability to prioritising other vital aspects of her private, professional, marital, maternal, social, or financial life.


Female sex addiction behaviours and symptoms can find expression in multiple forms, and may, but not exclusively, be motivated by power.

  • Unrealistic sexual expectations in relationship, e.g, intensity, frequency, acts
  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Auto erotica
  • Online sex
  • Sexting
  • Seduction
  • Affairs
  • Multiple partners
  • Sex with strangers
  • Sex in dangerous places
  • Roleplay
  • Pain Sensation Power Exchange
  • Swinging
  • Trading sex
  • Sex work
  • Consuming, Producing, Acting commercial or amateur pornography
  • As common in all female sexual addictions, lasting satisfaction can never be achieved, and cravings return. Moderate to serious mood swings may become noticeable, and may peak 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’ in the pleasure reward circuitry in the meso-limbic brain region. Here, the brain has addicted to its own need for exaggerated dopamine and endorphin highs, when triggered by sexual fantasy, or opportunity to act out sex. Please read further information on our designated pages  Sexual Addiction and  Sex Addiction Research and Information.


In recent years, an estimated 3% of female sex addicts are represented in US sex and pornography addiction statistics compared to an estimated 8% of sexally addicted males. With a growing acceptance of Internet pornography and easy access, more women may be at risk to addict to pornography.


Help is on hand if you have concerns about a personal sexual addiction. Please Enquire Or Book Online or contact our discreet and confidential sex addiction specialist and professional counsellor Heide in Sydney directly (+61) 02 9380 4486 or email  info@sexaddictionaustalia.com.au