Have you ever felt uncomfortable with a new person you’re dating? Or uncomfortable with the situation gets a little more intimate? A common phobia that isn’t known commonly by its name is Genophobia, also known as Coitophobia, and is the fear of sexual intercourse. In certain patients, it can also mean the fear of sexual relations in general.The patient may eventually avoid getting into relationships in order to avoid intimacy with a partner. If you have ever struggled with relationships, especially physical and intimate, you’re not alone.
Symptoms of Genophobia
- Difficulty in thinking or speaking clearly
- Fear of losing control
- Feeling sick
- Inability to concentrate
Causes of Genophobia
This fear stems from a variety of different factors because everyone is different. Maybe, you have suffered a traumatic sexual experience that included rape. Maybe you witnessed a horrific sexual act at a young age and have been scarred ever since. Witnessing a horrific sexual act in real life or in the media can spur the beginnings of genophobia.If you are a woman, you may experience excruciating pain during sex. This physical affect is also referred to as vaginismus, which is a condition more common than society typically acknowledges. It has also been stated that women are the primary sufferers of this phobia. Other reasons for development of this fear include fear of uncontrollable sexual desires (which is linked to losing self-control in general), and the idea that sex is horrifying and disgusting.
Treatment of Genophobia
If you suffer with this phobia, don’t feel hopeless. It is very common for those inflicted to feel embarrassed. There are many people who share your feelings and pain and there are treatment options to help you. The main thing to remember is that people who suffer from a phobia feel a loss of control at some point and the goal of treatment is to help you get back your control. Take the first step in gaining your control and seek treatment.
Your therapist may recommend a type of behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy can include exposing yourself to the fear and involve bringing in your partner to discuss the issue to work through your thought process. Another treatment option is Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. This method incorporates acupuncture measures to distract the mind from the issue and focus on different physical points to ease the pain. Whatever method you choose, make sure you speak with your primary doctor first for the best referral. There is help and you can get it immediately. Facing your fear is the first step to a new life.
- BluePeople.com – a site defining depression and different types of mental illness.
- Ivy Rose Holistic – gives symptoms and treatment options for phobia.
- The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice – provides an assessment of what EFT is.