By Laura Hensley April 19, Erica Garza first masturbated when she was 12 after tuning into an episode of late-night sex and relationship talk show, Loveline. The preteen listened as a female caller talked about the mind-blowing orgasms she was having in her bathtub by turning on the faucet and opening her legs. I was hooked from the start. Shortly after she discovered the pleasures of water pressure, Garza was regularly watching softcore porn on TV. The Los Angeles-native says her sexual habits were healthy until she was diagnosed with scoliosis in grade seven.
Understanding Sex Addiction in Women
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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. 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. People with sex addiction have a dysfunctional, life-disrupting relationship to at least one type of sexual behavior , sexual fantasy or sex-related thinking.
How are Female Sex Addicts Different from Males?
Perhaps this will help women recognize which excessive behaviors can be signs of an actual addiction. Women always have been overlooked or underrepresented in studies of alcohol, drug, gambling or sex addiction. It has been 73 years since the founding of AA and 60 or so years since the American Medical Association recognized alcoholism as a disease.
People sometimes think that sexual addiction is a males-only disorder, that women are not susceptible. This is not in fact the case. Unfortunately, female sex addicts can be more difficult to identify and treat than male sex addicts, primarily because they tend to downplay their sexual involvement, instead discussing their issues in terms of relationships, dating, and intimacy. Because of this, clinicians must sometimes read between the lines, looking and listening for romance-oriented language and behaviors that can indicate sexual addiction, such as:. Most female sex addicts view their problem as being more about their search for partnership, love, and intimacy than their sex life—though their behavior is inconsistent with anything resembling the legitimate search for a mate.