Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Coitophobia: The Fear of Coitus

Coitophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of coitus or sexual intercourse.  Coitophobia may be caused by a sexual trauma such as rape or molestation. Every time the person attempts to engage in sexual activity they remember the traumatic event and relive it all over again. It doesn’t matter how much they try to block it out, it’s there.  This phobia may also be caused by medical conditions that make sexual intercourse painful.  Coitophobia is also known as Genophobia.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Coitophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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