Exhibitionism, Fixation With Romance Among Signs Of Female Sex Addiction

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Recent findings from researchers at an American university indicate that women affected by sex addiction commonly have symptoms that differ substantially from the symptoms found in their male counterparts.

Much of the scientific and popular literature on sex addiction focuses on men. However, current research shows that women can also develop this form of behavioral addiction.

In a study review published in late 2014 in Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, a team of researchers from West Chester University compared the typical symptoms of sex addiction in women to the typical symptoms found in men.

These researchers concluded that sex-addicted women have a characteristic group of symptoms, some of which do not appear as often in sex-addicted men.

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Sex Addiction

People with sex addiction have a dysfunctional, life-disrupting relationship to at least one type of sexual behavior, sexual fantasy or sex-related thinking. The details of such a relationship can vary considerably from person to person.

For example, some individuals primarily have problems associated with their real-world sexual interactions with other people, while others primarily have problems associated with their in-person or online consumption of pornography.

In addition, some forms of sex addiction center mainly on forms of sex-related behavior, thought or fantasy that most people engage in without causing any real harm to themselves or others. However, other forms of sex addiction center mainly on behaviors, thoughts or fantasies that, by their very nature, involve harm to others and/or fall outside the norms of legally sanctioned adult behavior.

For a number of reasons, doctors in the U.S. have no common standard for diagnosing cases of sex addiction. However, questionnaires and other screening tools developed over the years can help any doctor identify a man or woman who likely has some sort of problematic relationship to sex-related matters.

Different And Overlapping Symptoms With Sex Addiction

In the study review published in Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, the West Chester University researchers used data gathered from dozens of studies originally conducted between the 1980s and the early 2010s to identify the most characteristic set of sex addiction symptoms found in women.

The researchers undertook this process as part of a larger analysis of the differences between the onset, appearance, consequences and treatment of this form of behavioral addiction in each of the two genders.

After completing their review, the researchers preliminarily concluded that there is one key underlying difference between sex addiction in women and sex addiction in men: much more so than men, women consciously or unconsciously base their sexually addictive behavior in a need for connections and relationships with other people.

Symptoms Of Sex-Addicted Women

They also identified a grouping of eight symptoms that tend to appear in sex-addicted women:

  1. The presence of love addiction or relationship addiction (conditions not necessarily manifested in overtly sexual ways)
  2. An addiction to fantasy
  3. In-person or online use of pornography
  4. An addiction to popular notions of romance
  5. Addictive involvement in masturbation
  6. A co-dependent relationship with another person dealing with some form of addiction
  7. An addiction to exhibitionistic sexual behavior
  8. Involvement in prostitution or the use of sex as a means of trade for wanted goods or services

The researchers concluded that the two most commonly identified, gender-specific manifestations of sex addiction in women are a co-dependent relationship with another addict and an addiction to love or relationships. (Notably, love or relationship addiction is often viewed as a separate form of behavioral addiction.)

Another core symptom in women that occurs considerably less often in men is an addiction to romance. In addition, men may have smaller chances of developing an addiction to exhibitionistic behavior or using sex to make money or to trade for wanted goods or services.

The researchers also identified another gender difference: women dealing with sex addiction often have lower scores than men on the screening tools that doctors use to identify potentially affected individuals.

Overall, the researchers found that other forms of substance-related and non-substance-related addiction occur in sex-addicted men and women with some frequency. However, each gender apparently has its own risks for specific forms of coexisting addiction.

For example, women with sex addiction may be more likely than their male counterparts to develop a food-related addiction or a nicotine/tobacco addiction.

Conversely, men with sex addiction may have higher chances than their female counterparts of developing issues with gambling addiction (gambling disorder), alcoholism and all forms of drug addiction other than nicotine/tobacco addiction.

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