Hypersexuality is compulsive sexual behavior. It is due to excessive preoccupation with sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors that are difficult to control. Hypersexuality may lead to distress and, it affects your overall health, job, and relationship.
Hypersexuality involves several enjoyable sexual experiences. It encompasses cybersex, masturbation, and pornography. When these sexual behaviors worsen, they are uncontrollable and harmful to others.
Hypersexuality becomes a problem when it causes significant distress for a person or puts them at risk of harming themselves or someone else.
Symptoms of Hypersexuality
- Recurrent and intense sexual fantasies
- Behaviors take up a lot of your time and feel as if they are out of your control.
- You feel driven to do specific sexual behavior
- Using sex as a way to release tension, but afterward, also feels guilt or remorse.
- Unsuccessful attempt to reduce or control your sexual fantasies and urges.
- You use compulsive sexual behavior as an escape from problems, loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
- A continues engagement in sexual behaviors that have serious consequences.
- Loss of productivity, trouble at work, financial loss, legal problems, and unhealthy relationship.
- Trouble in establishing and maintaining healthy and stable relationships.
- Consistent but unsuccessful efforts to control or reduce sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors.
- Engage in sexual behaviors while disregarding the potential for physical or emotional harm to themselves or others.
- The frequency or intensity of the sexual fantasies or behaviors causes significant personal distress or impairment.
When to See a Doctor?
Seek medical help if you are losing control of sexual behavior and when it adversely affects others. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Assess yourself with the following questions:
- Can you manage your sexual impulses?
- Are your sexual behaviors bothering you?
- Is your sexual behavior harming your relationship and affecting your work?
- Are you trying to hide my sexual behavior?
Diagnosis and Treatment for Hypersexuality
Visit your doctor or psychologist. Treatment medications include anti-androgen drugs. Anti-androgen directly acts on the hormone keeping the effects of sexual desire in control.
Non-steroidal anti- androgens
- Nilutamide. It can block androgen. It can stop the growth of tumors in the prostate glands.
- Flutamide. It is an androgen that can treat certain types of prostate cancer.
- Bicalutamide. It can treat an advanced stage of prostate cancer.
- Abarelix and Triptorelin. It is for patients who cannot take surgery or other treatments.
- Leuprolide and Goserelin. It can lower the testosterone level in the bloodstream.