Private Counselling For Female Sex Addiction: Sydney and Online
Female sex addiction disorder is little different from male sex 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 falsely believed to not being able to experience sexual pleasure and orgasm, and therefore not having sexual desire. A common expectation has associated female sexual fulfilment exclusively with relationship attachment.
Women, who are passing through a phase of conscious sexual and personal development, and 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 bodies. This is a natural integration process of healthy sexual spirituality.
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 intimacy erosion.
There is no biological evidence of abnormal high sex drives in women suffering from sex addiction. Rather, and as common in sexual addictive disorders, female sex addicts unconsciously rely on the biochemical benefits they derive from acting out sex. High levels of neurotransmitters released during sex enable self-regulation of underlying emotional distress and trauma. Common manifestations may present as crippling stress, insecurity, undue anxiety, lack of motivation, boredom, low self worth, exaggerated needs for validation, and depression.
Female sex addicts use sex without any, or diminished, emotional attachment. Sexual partners are used as mere sexual objects.
The term ‘sex addict’ describes a person who is unable to stop, or permanently abstain, from their sexual compulsions, despite being fully aware of danger and negative consequences such behaviours may incur. Female sexual addiction can be identified where sex has become the defining order in her life, and where sex is overriding her needs for personal safety, or interfering with her ability to prioritising other vital aspects of her private, maternal, marital, 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 addictive behaviours can find expression in multiple forms, and may be motivated by power. Acting out sexual addictive behaviours may include multiple forms of prolonged masturbation and auto erotica, online sex, seduction, affairs, multiple partners, sex with strangers, sex in dangerous places, role-play, pain/sensation/power exchange, exhibitionism, swinging, trading sex, or consuming, producing, acting commercial or amateur pornography.
As common in all 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 exaggerated dopamine and endorphin highs, when triggered by compulsive sexual fantasy, and hyper sexual activity. Please read further information on our designated pages Sexual Addiction and Sex Addiction Research and Information.
PORNOGRAPHY AND FEMALE SEX ADDICTION
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 pornography consumption and easy access via the Internet, 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 be addicted to sex you may want to book a confidential appointment with our clinical sex therapist and professional counsellor Heide. Call (+61) 02 9380 4486 during AEST office hours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org