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Trapped in lust: nymphomania and how to treat it

12.03.2019 Author: psiholog pavel horoshutin

What do you see when you imagine a nymphomaniac? Men usually imagine them to be a hot beauty ready to experiment in bed, having no taboos in regard to sex. In reality though, relationship with a nymphomaniac is far from romantic, yet alone loving. All her thoughts are focused on the only one thing: fulfilling her sexual needs and desires.

Let’s see what nymphomania actually is: a disorder or a “mild deviation”. Can we treat nymphomania?

Contents:

  1. Blessing or punishment: nymphomania as it is
  2. Signs of nymphomania: recognizing the problem
  3. Causes of nymphomania
  4. Multiple faces of nymphomania
  5. Treat or enjoy?
  6. Which kind of doctor can diagnose nymphomania?
  7. Modern methods of treating nymphomania

Blessing or punishment: nymphomania as it is

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People have known about nymphomania for a very long time. Thanks to Plato, people started calling it “uterine frenzy”. According to him, female uterus is a beast roaming within a female body desperate to realize its main function: childbirth. Surprisingly, there are still people who think that “uterine frenzy” exists and manifests itself through woman’s increased sexual activity and high libido. However, this is simply not true. Modern medicine does not acknowledge this interpretation.

Nymphomania is a pathologic hypersexuality in women characterized by excessive sexual desire. This disease is also called andromania and metromania.

It’s very important to understand, nymphomania is not just a lax and uncontrolled sexual behavior aimed at boosting self-esteem. Increased sexual desire is a disease officially acknowledged by modern medicine and included in ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases) in class F52.7 [1].

According to Patrick Carnes, a scientist and a psychologist, around 3% of women suffer from sex addiction. [2]

People didn’t talk about it much before, as our society considers uncontrolled sexual behavior to be immoral. Nowadays though many scientists work on diagnosing and treating nymphomania.

Signs of nymphomania: recognizing the problem

Increased sexual appetite is different from nymphomania. It is not about the frequency of intercourse, even 5 acts per night can be considered normal. The difference lies in the perception of sex. A healthy person can keep their desires under control and pick their partners carefully. A nymphomaniac does not display this level of control. She is obsessed with sex, it becomes her fixation and the crux of life. She is constantly under control of her obsessive desire to get sexual pleasure.

There are several signs and symptoms of nymphomania. So, what does a “regular” nymphomaniac look like?

  • She doesn’t care where and with whom to have sex. Only “when” is important, and it is “now”.
  • Her mind is full of erotic fantasies.
  • She often watches porn and masturbates uncontrollably.
  • She may treat her increased sexual appetite as a divine gift and a blessing. Nymphomaniacs often feel that they are special.
  • She cares little about her partner’s feelings and desires. Only the intercourse matters to relieve her craving.
  • She is often emotional and irritable. In more severe cases women may even resort to aggression if they don’t get what they want from their partner.

Causes of nymphomania

The causes of nymphomania are still understudied. For centuries scientists proposed various explanations, starting from Plato’s “uterine frenzy” up to the opinion of Victorian doctors who stated that nymphomania is directly linked to cranial shape. Serious research debunked a lot of myths surrounding this disorder.

Modern medicine distinguishes two types of causes, physical and psychological.

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Physical causes of nymphomania include various disorders that have increased sexual appetite as one of the symptoms. Those can be head injuries and brain tumors affecting hypothalamus, a region in the brain responsible for sexual desire. Another causes of the disorder include the following: [3]

  • hormonal changes (for example, menopause);
  • mental disorders (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychopathy, hysteria with hypertemic manifestations);
  • certain infections (neurosyphilis, mycoplasmosis);
  • ovary diseases.
Behavior psychology treats pathologic hypersexuality as a learned behavior pattern. It can appear after experiencing sexual or domestic abuse, strong stress, personal insecurities. [3] It has been established that 60% of people with sex addiction have experienced sexual abuse in their childhood. [4]

Bipolar disorder and psychosis accompanied by lust can be other causes of nymphomania.

Multiple faces of nymphomania

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Patients with andromania are generally put in two groups depending on their age. [3]

Nymphomania in young women

Young women with andromania generally do not consider themselves sick. Rather, they think that their sexual appetite is their asset. A woman may consult a doctor only when her sexual needs start to interfere with other spheres of her life.

However, there are also more violent and explicit cases of this disorder. Nymphomania in young women is often accompanied by rapid personal degradation, if a person does not consult a doctor in time.

Increased sexual desire can be noticed during adolescence. The nymphomaniacs who recognized their disease admitted that they started getting obsessive thoughts about sex as early as 8-12 years old. Those were not some scenes from a movie, but vague imagining of actual intimacy between a man and a woman. Even such thoughts and bring pleasure to young girls. A patient born with this problem often starts her sexual activity early. Later it may lead to constant change of partners in pursuit of new sexual experience. However, as such women lack knowledge about safe sex, they are high at risk of early pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. [3]

Young women who haven’t treated their nymphomania for years can develop menopausal nymphomania.

Menopausal nymphomania

Normally, after menopause sexual appetite of women goes down. However, if it goes up instead, there is a high probability of menopausal nymphomania.

This is usually caused by severe hormonal imbalance in the woman’s body. In certain cases, nymphomania in this age period can be a sign of a mental disorder.

Patients suffer heavily from menopausal nymphomania. They display common signs of this disorder. Women report experiencing debilitating sexual desire day and night. Pathologic hypersexuality can be accompanied by itch in external genitalia.

Menopausal nymphomania can go untreated until the very old age. In majority of cases this pathology can lead to excessive masturbation or perversions (mainly zoophilia and tribadism). Old husbands of such nymphomaniacs have low sexual desire and cannot fulfill the needs of their wives.

Treat or enjoy?

Nymphomania is a disease, and a disease must be treated.

It is almost impossible to build a happy family with pathologic hypersexuality. Even though many men dream of having a relationship with a passionate nymphomaniac, only few can withstand 24/7 “sex marathons”. Men also have to deal with multiple acts of infidelity from their partner, because nymphomaniacs can rarely control themselves.

A nymphomaniac is unlikely to achieve success in terms of career advancement. She has different goals and little time for social life. All her thought processes are focused on finding new partners. A woman with this problem can find it hard to conform to a society that looks down on frequent change of partners.

In certain cases a nymphomaniac with sexual frustration can develop severe depression and suicidal behavior patterns.

There is one more reason why a person should start treatment immediately: uncontrolled sexual behavior leads to increased risk of STD.

Which kind of doctor can diagnose nymphomania?

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There can be a fine line between high libido and “true” pathological hypersexuality. It is important to establish that a patient requires serious treatment. A sexologist can help with that. The first stage is an in-person conversation. After an open talk and gathering medical history, a specialist can establish if a patient displays the signs of nymphomania and requires serious treatment.

A remote testing can be more convenient, as it can provide preliminary diagnosis with high level of precision.

There are several criteria for establishing the problem:

  • Long duration of obsessive behavior (more than 6 months). Signs are either constant or appear periodically..
  • Sexual desire is not the result of hallucinations, delirium or impaired judgment.
  • Arousal does not appear simply as the result of alcohol or psychotropic agent intake.
  • Patient’s behavior is detrimental to her existing relationship with a committed partner, her work and social life.
  • Patient does not control her behavior. She may understand that her actions are wrong, but she cannot stop herself.

After diagnosing the issue, the doctor puts on several tests to establish the causes if the disease. It is important to exclude brain and ovary tumors, hormonal imbalance and brain infections. The administered tests include MRI and CT, blood tests, including hormone panel test, consultations with gynecologist and endocrinologist.

Modern methods of treating nymphomania

Treatment of nymphomania depends on its causes. Various doctors may be involved in the process of treatment, including gynecologists, oncologists, endocrinologists, sexologists, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Here are several effective methods of treating nymphomania.

Medical treatment

If the disease is caused by hormonal imbalance, a doctor may administer hormonal therapy. A patient is constantly supervised by the doctor and undergoes tests regularly. If nymphomania is caused by severe mental disorder, a psychiatrist may administer neuroleptics, tranquillizers and antidepressants. In this case, treatment is accompanied by individual psychotherapy.

Medical treatment can prove effective if the diagnosis was correct and the woman follows all the prescriptions. In this case, signs of nymphomania fade or disappear completely.

Surgery

The most severe cause of pathologic hypersexuality is a brain tumor. Depending on the situation, doctors prescribe a suitable treatment method, evaluate whether the tumor is fit for surgery.

Psychological treatment

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy may be used to treat andromania. A person is put into trance, which helps the specialist figure out which life events and experiences caused the obsessive state. This way a psychotherapist can create a treatment schedule to eliminate the primary causes.

Therapy

Therapy is aimed at developing a critical approach in a patient to her “deviant” behavior, teach her the new way of living and experiencing joy from sources other than sex. Consultations with a psychologist usually happen in-person. Such therapy can take several years to have effect. Group sessions can also be applied to treat this condition.

7Spsy behavior modification technique

 7Spsy behavior modification technique. is a new method based on behavior psychology. It is a registered and scientifically approved method, which lasts 2-6 weeks. This course lets you change your pathologic mode of behavior to a healthier pattern. As the result you have less sexual tension, you learn to enjoy life and build healthy relationships without constant cheating.

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The change in behavior pattern is the very reason that the result becomes fixed and mastered. This helps you to return your libido level to a normal one, become more calm, get rid of depression and constant stress. That is what our 7Spsy behavior modification technique does.

References:

  1. https://mkb10.su/F52.7.html
  2. Patrick Carnes, «Don’t Call it Love» (1997).
  3. Polnyj spravochnik seksopatologa (2011), kollektiv avtorov.
  4. Eric Griffin-Shelley, «Sex & Love Addiction, Treatment & Recovery» (1997).