Porn Linked With Hypersexuality In Women - Study

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By Sarah Thomas | July 15, 2014 5:57 PM EST

A new study on the sexual activity of women who have sex so frequently that it affects their lives has found that three per cent of women are hypersexual. It is a condition in which too much sex impacts the life of the afflicted. Some of the common traits among hypersexuals include frequent masturbation and watching a lot of porn.

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German researchers said that these traits are problematic and a larger investigation into the issue was recommended. They also specified that hypersexuals should be given therapy immediately.

For the study, almost a thousand university-going women were surveyed. They were given 19 questions called the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory Questionnaire. The survey included questions on their regularity of intercourse and masturbation, how often do they watch porn. There were questions about the reasons for having sex, if it was to cope with their emotional problems and if it was a controllable urge or an incontrollable one. The questionnaire sought to look into their sexual lives and determine if their sexual desires were interfering with their day-to-day living, if it was an addiction.

Previous studies on the same stated that women who are hypersexual indulge only in passive sex, but authors of this study stated differently, "The results of the current study do not support the idea of previous research that hypersexual women are typically engaged in more passive forms of sexual behaviour, and contradict the assumption that hypersexual women only use sexual behaviour to control and influence interpersonal relationships," the authors wrote.

The difference in the sexual activity of man and woman is still not clear in terms of hypersexuality. Rory Reid, an assistant professor and research psychologist at UCLA who was not involved in the study, told LiveScience, "In many cases, it's much more permissible for men to engage in hypersexuality as opposed to women. Men would be often just characterized as 'men being men' if they engaged in hypersexual behaviors."

The study found that hypersexual behaviors in women mirrored those found in hypersexual men. 

The study also found that hypersexual women tend to be bisexual. Most hypersexual men tend to me heterosexual.

There is, however, still a debate on how much sex is too much sex, but the study states that hypersexual behaviour is only a problem when it causes stress or embarrassment and comes in the way of living a normal life or results in negative consequences.

"It is still a challenge for researchers to identify individuals who may require treatment, without falsely stigmatizing others and their 'normal' or nonpathological sexual behavior," the researchers said.

The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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