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Signs you have a sex addiction – as docs find hormones to blame

Study aims to shed light on what causes a sex addiction – and one theory is it’s down to increased levels of the so-called “cuddle hormone”.
The hormone, known as oxytocin, is said to make people bond and stay together – and it …




Study aims to shed light on what causes a sex addiction – and one theory is it’s down to increased levels of the so-called “cuddle hormone”.
The hormone, known as oxytocin, is said to make people bond and stay together – and it is also thought to make sex more rewarding.


Here we look at the eight warning signs of compulsive sexual behaviour, also known as hypersexuality and sex addiction:

Signs you could be a sex addict

1. Recurrent and intense sexual fantasies

According to the Mayo clinic, recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, urges and behaviours will take up a lot of a sex addict’s time.

Some sex addicts have such a preoccupation with having sex it even interferes with daily life, productivity, work performance and so on.

2. Compulsive masturbation

There’s no definitive answer for what is too much, but when it starts to interfere with your daily life, alarm bells should ring.

3. Sexual habits that carry potential problems or risks

You put yourself in dangerous situations – such as getting involved in extramarital affairs, unprotected sex, or spending huge amounts of money on porn.
Some sex addicts might engage in illegal sexual activity – indecent exposure, upskirting and serious sexual crimes like sex with minors.

4. Relationship troubles

A lot of sex addicts have trouble establishing or maintaining healthy relationships.
They often attach themselves to people who are emotionally unavailable and will sometimes avoid physical, sexual and emotional intimacy for fear of being vulnerable.
Others have compulsive relations with multiple partners, including strangers.

5. Using sex to escape other problems

Many sex addicts use sex to escape other problems, like loneliness, depression, anxiety or stress.

6. Release of tension after sex

You feel driven to do certain sexual behaviours and feel a release of tension afterwards – but also guilt and remorse.

7. Compulsive lying and secrecy

One characteristic may be secrecy of behaviours, in which the person with the disorder becomes skilled at hiding their behaviour and can even keep the condition secret from spouses, partners, and family members.
They may lie about their activities or engage in them at times and places where they won’t be found out.

8. Inability to stop or control the behaviours

A sex addict’s intense urges and fantasies may make them feel like they’re completely out of their control.
They have an an awareness that the urges are uncontrollable, in spite of financial, medical, or social consequences.

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