Sexual Addiction Affects Women Too – Here’s How

When people think of sex addicts, they automatically imagine a man. However, that is a common misconception when it comes to sexual addiction. In fact, women are just as likely to be sexually addicted as their male counterparts.

A recent national study found that approximately 10% of men and 7% of women struggle with compulsive sexual behavior or sexual addiction. That means that almost as many women struggle with sex addiction as with men.

If you are interested in finding out how sexual addiction affects women, keep reading below!

Sexual Addiction in Women

Sexual addiction can be harder to detect in women than in men because some of the telltale signs vary. However, there are some typical signs to look for that can hint towards a possible sexual addiction in women.

Signs of sexual addiction in women

  • Lengthy history of short romances – Boasting a long history of short romances that end just as quickly as they begin could be a sign of sexual addiction. 
  • Series of sexual affairs – Participating in multiple on-going relationships or affairs can signal that a woman is struggling to manage healthy relationships.
  • Equating sexual intensity with love – Confusing the difference between sexual intensity and the emotion of love can be a sign that a woman has an unhealthy connection with sex.
  • A history of inappropriate relationships – Engaging in inappropriate relationships with bosses, subordinates, married men, neighbors, etc, can signify an addiction.
  • Presenting oneself as a sexual object – Dressing provocatively (short skirts, no underwear, lots of cleavage, heavy makeup, etc) may mean that the woman views herself more as a sexual object than as a strong, confident woman. 

Many women struggling with sexual addiction mistake their behavior as their way of searching for the perfect partner in life to share love and intimacy with. However, this behavior is far from normal in a legitimate search for the right partner. It is compulsive and unhealthy, both emotionally and sexually. 

How they differ from male addicts

The biggest difference in sexual addiction between males and females is related to how sex is perceived. Male sexual addicts tend to view women as objects and sex as a purely physical act, nothing emotional. Women struggling with sex addiction, on the other hand, view sex as a way to gain control and power, while also receiving physical and emotional attention. 

Ask for help

Are you a woman that might be struggling with sexual addiction? If so, you are not alone. Plenty of women struggle with sex and relationships and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You just need to be willing to accept your addiction and fight for recovery. At Coeur d’Alene Counseling, we have the tools necessary to help you do just that. 

Ready to accept your past and move towards a happier, healthier future? Call us today!