Cyndi Gale Roller, CNM, WHNP, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University, Kent, OH, where she also has a practice at the DeWeese Health Center Women's Clinic.
Sexually Compulsive/Addictive Behaviors in Women: A Women's Healthcare Issue
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2007 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 52, Issue 5, pages 486–491, September-October 2007
How to Cite
Roller, C. G. (2007), Sexually Compulsive/Addictive Behaviors in Women: A Women's Healthcare Issue. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 52: 486–491. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2007.03.014
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- risky sexual behavior;
- sexual compulsion;
- sexual addiction;
- women and addiction
Sexually compulsive/addictive behavior is a pattern of sexual behaviors that cause distress and/or impairment of social functioning. It is marked by obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, and the individual's inability to stop the behaviors despite negative consequences. Women experiencing sexually compulsive/addictive behavior are preoccupied with sex not as a response to desire but rather as a behavior that serves the purpose of anxiety reduction. Sexually compulsive/addictive behavior is associated with a number of health consequences, including sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, and violence. It is important for providers to have an understanding of the addiction process, assessment, diagnosis, and interventions for these women.