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Nymphomania: Things You Don’t Know About..

Nymphomania: What is it ?

Nymphomania:  is a mental disorder. People act out their compulsions by engaging in risky behaviors such as promiscuity.  Whether or not it  qualifies as a true mental illness is often debated in the medical community. Evidence suggests that compulsive sexual behavior is a real and serious illness.

It is a mental and emotional condition. Like other mental illnesses, it may arise as a result of environment, heredity, and life events.

Treatment for this mental condition  may involve psychotherapy and medication.  Medications may include antidepressants or antianxiety or antipsychotic medications. All this are similar to the medications used for other compulsive disorders.  Because compulsive sexual behavior is risky, people with nymphomania are at increased risk for developing complications such as sexually transmitted diseases.

Descriptions of nymphomania first appeared in the 1700s.

“Symptoms” included sexual insatiability, lewd advances to men (or women), and most abhorrent of all, the practice of self-pleasure through masturbation.

In the 1800;s , the treatments for nymphomania were severe. Removal of the clitoris and ovaries. Cold baths, and enforced bed rest were commonly prescribed.  In 1886, Dr Theophilus Parvin recommended regular exercise and a vegetarian diet, combined with vaginal application of cocaine.