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Hypersexuality is a clinical diagnosis used by medical professionals to describe a marked increase in libido. If you’ve not heard the term, it’s what used to be called nymphomania or satyriasis which are gender binary and based on mythology, so not great for a serious, medical condition. People joke around about ‘nymphos’ but it’s not joke, hypersexuality really effects a person’s day to day life. If you feel you have symptoms or know someone who does its important you go and see a doctor about it. It might sound amazing to be horny all the time, after all sex is awesome but when it’s negatively effecting the rest of your life, something is wrong.

 What is hypersexuality?

It’s a very good question and different people define it in different ways because it presents in a variety of ways in people. Sometimes it’s an Obsessive compulsion so seen as part of OCD, sometimes it’s a side effect of other medical treatments. Some Parkinson’s medications cause it, as can hormone therapy. Others see it as an addiction or an impulse disorder.

I can’t stop thinking about sex, do I have hypersexual disorder?

Ask yourself a few questions: Do your sexual urges interfere with your personal and work life? Are you worried about it? Is it physically harming you? Are you picking up STIs or indulging in risky behaviours? If you answer yes to any of these questions you may well have hypersexuality issues and you should talk to your doctor about it.

Is hypersexuality a bad thing?

Having a high sex drive is not a bad thing at all but hypersexuality is different. It negatively effects your day to day life. You can be perfectly healthy and enjoy lots of masturbation and sex, there is no ‘normal’ when it comes to sex drive. Except what is usual for you. If you worry about your sex drive though, it’s worth talking to a doctor. Especially if it’s changed suddenly. Hypersexuality can be a symptom of other disorders.

Can you be addicted to sex?

Yes, you can. Society tends to make a joke of it and there is a sexist view that guys should always be thinking about sex but it’s not healthy to be obsessed with anything, even sex. It’s perfectly fine to really love sex. It’s fine to think about it as much or as little as you like but if you find it effecting your life in a negative way, it may be an addiction and you should seek treatment.

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