Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Compulsive sexual behavior can occur in both men and women, though it's more common in men. It can also affect anyone regardless of sexual preference — whether heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual.
Compulsive sexual behavior often occurs in people who have:
- Alcohol or drug abuse problems
- Another psychological condition, such as a mood disorder, impulse control disorder or mental health problem, such as a gambling addiction
- A history of physical or sexual abuse
There's a broad range of sexual activities that can be warning signs of compulsive sexual behavior. Examples include:
- Having multiple sexual partners or extramarital affairs
- Having sex with anonymous partners or prostitutes
- Avoiding emotional involvement in sexual relationships
- Using commercial phone sex conversations for gratification
- Visiting sexually explicit Internet sites or services
- Engaging in excessive masturbation
- Frequently using pornographic materials
- Engaging in masochistic or sadistic sex
- Having a fixation on an unattainable sex partner
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