GENOPHOBIA: The Fear Of Sexual Intercourse Phobia (Symptoms & Treatment)

The unhealthy mental fear of sex, sexual intimacy or sexual intercourse is known as GENOPHOBIA.

Less often referred to as Coitophobia Erotophobia – a coinage derived from the two Greek words; Eros- the god of love and Phobos- deep distaste or aversion. The word Genophobia is also derived from Genos-offspring and Phobos or fear.

Although men and women alike enjoy sex, which is an act of intimacy and a mode to ensure the reproduction of species, some individuals get into full blown panic attacks with the mere induction or thought of sexual intimacy with another person. Further direct sexual contact may lead to intense anxiety attacks in Victims.
It’s a little wonder why victim’s chances of being in an intimate relationship is slim to none as their refusal to sex causes a dent on their relationships.
Unfortunately for some victims, their daily routines are affected by this fear leading to hard feelings of depression and loneliness which might be lifelong.

CAUSES OF GENOPHOBIA:

In the early 1980s, the widespread awareness of HIV and AIDS became the harbinger of Erotophobia or Genophobia.
Myths, fallacies, negative attitudes and poor orientation into sex and STDs are the chief causes of Genophobia.
Based on scientific research, Genophobia is not enlisted among the commonly observed types of phobias, moreso, it is shown in psychological cases such as sexual dysfunction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and even social anxiety disorders.
Cultural beliefs, personality- as patients of Genophobia entertain negative attitudes, expectations and emotional reactions to physical intimacy. Lack of knowledge, poor sexual orientation and education– this is backed up culturally, due to poor sourcing of information and fallacies about the transmission of STDs which leads to the traumatising attitudes towards sexual intimacies.
Other physical factors such as rape, molestation and previous sexual abuse are the leading causes of erotophobia; when a child is abused sexually at a tender age, the feelings of guilt and fear are not fully manifested until early adulthood which usually kickstarts with insecurity and ignorance caused by the shunning of all discussions regarding sexual intimacy, this leads to ignorance and vulnerability about getting intimate with someone else. Sometimes, the priorly abused

coitophobia fear of sexual intercourse

child now adult nurtures feelings of being violated, helpless or taken undue advantage of. This, most often leads to total dependency on oneself and distrust on others and such reliance can translate into fear of sexual intercourse on long term basis.

Sometimes, the causes of Genophobia maybe sex-linked, erectile dysfunction in masculine cases and in the case of women, genital mutilation, painful sexual intercourse, or certain medical conditions that prevent enjoyment from

sexual intimacy. In some women, insecurity about the shape and size of their breasts, labia and private parts may cause them to become genophobic.
Also, Genophobia may rise from the pedigree of other phobias, such as the fear of nudity (gymnophobia) with a second person, fear of being touched (haphephobia), or fear of acquiring a virus or disease during sexual intimacy can all cause Genophobia.

SYMPTOMS OF GENOPHOBIA: 

Just as causes of erotophobia or fear of sex differs from person to person, so does the symptoms detected in victims. These victims avoid sexual intimacy in relationship and often go far lengths in order to avoid it altogether, which causes a strain in the relationship and leads to divorce, separations and lonely lives.
The most common symptoms associated with the full blown anxiety attacks of Genophobics with the thought of sexual intimacy are;

  • Rapid, shallow breathing.
  • The thoughts of death or dying.
  • Sweaty palms.
  • The feeling of being choked.
  • Anxiety attacks.
  • Extreme terror.
  • Increased heart rates.
  • And/or the avoidance of relationships.

These symptoms tend to be destabilizing and can influence the modus operandi of the victims in more ways than one which are often depressing.

TREATMENT OF EROTOPHOBIA.

Good news! Erotophobia can be treated medically. As in the case of other phobias, Erotophobia can be treated with anxiety depressants/depression medicines, although it is strongly advised not to indulge in the intake of strong depressants due to the wide superfluity of side effects including chemical dependency. Only licensed, trained and qualified experts should prescribe such potent medicines as one of the unlisted side effects include loss of sexual libido or sexual interest.
The main intent of these drug therapy should be symptomatic relief from the anxiety symptoms. Other forms of treatment should be administered one-behind-the-other with concentration on the root cause of the phobia condition.

First and foremost, the birth step is for the sufferer to acknowledge that this condition is not to be ashamed of or be embarrassed about. Genophobic patients should be willing to consult psychiatrists or psychologists as the case may be for prior proper treatment. Mesmerism or the use of Hypnotherapy may also be applied for past life regression which can be super helpful in these cases. Neuro Linguistic programming and gradual desensitization can also be used to eradicate Genophobia/ Erotophobia from its depressing roots.

 

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