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Compulsive sex

Compulsive sex is a term that refers to frequent or constant sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviours that get in the way of day-to-day life. ‘Sex addiction’ is another term that is sometimes also used.

Compulsive is not about how you have sex, how often you have sex or with whom you have sex. It refers to times when thoughts about sex or your behaviour causes problems in your life and with relationships. 

Compulsive sexual thoughts and behaviour can be a source of great suffering and it can cause feelings of shame, loneliness and sadness. If you are have sexual feelings, fantasies, or behaviours in such a way that it changes your social life or work, and you are concerned about it, then you may want to check out some resources.

There are therapists that deal with compulsive sex and sexual addiction. Some practitioners use an addiction model and some use a compulsive sex behaviours model. If it is important to you, ask about the approach they take and make sure it fits for you.


BC Counsellors – find a therapist or counsellor in BC
Sex Addicts Anonymous - Vancouver

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