ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Compulsive sexual behavior can have numerous negative consequences that affect both you and others. You may:
- Struggle with feelings of guilt, shame and low self-esteem
- Develop other mental health conditions, such as depression, extreme stress and anxiety
- Neglect or lie to your partner and family, taxing or destroying meaningful relationships
- Accumulate financial debts purchasing pornography and sexual services
- Contract HIV, hepatitis or another sexually transmitted infection, or pass a sexually transmitted infection to someone else
- Engage in unhealthy substance use, such as drug or alcohol abuse
- Be arrested for sexual offenses
- Lose your focus or engage in sexual activity at work, risking your job
- Face an unwanted pregnancy and its consequences
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