Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Sex addiction: After a nymphomaniac strikes twice in Germany, we ask - what is nymphomania?
Two men were left exhausted and crying for help after being targeted by a nymphomaniac in Germany.
The 47-year-old woman was arrested last month after forcing her date to make love to her eight times .
The desperate 42-year-old man resorted to escaping from the woman’s apartment from a balcony to raise the alarm when his insatiable lover refused to let him go.
The woman struck again this week when an African man was found sobbing in the street after being subjected to a 36-hour sex ordeal .
He reportedly told police: “Oh God, it was hell. I can’t walk. Please help me.”
The woman has now been taken to hospital for psychiatric observation.
Nymphomania is a term used to describe a woman whose sex drive or sexual activity is deemed too high.
The term nymphomaniac is no longer recognised in the medical world.
According to Discovery Health, the term is “not scientifically meaningful simply because there are no specific criteria that would define a nymphomaniac.
“In other words, there isn’t a way to determine how much sexual desire or activity is too much.”
Instead, recognised clinical conditions attributed to those with an obsessively high sex drive are “hypersexuality”, “sex addiction” and “compulsivity”.
It is estimated that six per cent of the UK population are sex addicts, and one in five are women.
Although some medical conditions and medication can cause hypersexuality, in most cases the cause is unknown.
Several neurological and psychological conditions, such as bipolar disorder, Pick’s disease and Alzheimer’s can result in extreme swings in sex drive.
Street drugs, such as methamphetamine, can also contribute to hypersexual behaviour.
The terms nymphomania and nymphomaniac can only be attributed to females – the male counterpart is known as ‘satyriasis’.
Both words are derived from Greek mythology - nymphs are “minor deities represented as beautiful maidens” and satyrs are “woodland creature[s] depicted as having the pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry.”
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan was accused of being a sex addict by her ex-boyfriend Riley Giles, claiming that the star “quit coke and got hooked on sex with me”.
Giles told the News of the World: “Lindsay’s definitely a nymphomaniac. She’s wild in bed.
“We’d have sex a couple of times in the day and then go to it through the night ... We once did it four times in a row straight. That was crazy. Lindsay was insatiable.
“She’d demand sex again and again. We’d go at it for hours. She’d have worn out most guys.”
Hinting that she may have indeed been a sex addict, Lindsay said in an interview: “'Being an actress is lonely, and I never want to be alone.
“I hate sleeping alone. I like being able to be in different relationships – being able to see a few people.
"I'm not really like a crazy addict. I mean – I enjoy having sex.”
Amy Winehouse was also branded a nymphomaniac by an ex who believed she was addicted to sex as much as drugs and alcohol.
Former boyfriend Johnny Headlock told the News of the World: “Amy needs help. She's got serious drug problems and, from my experience, is addicted to sex, too."
Headlock claimed the pair enjoyed a three-hour romp with the late singer, who he described as “wild” and added that she had a fetish for spanking.
p/s: Real amusing how when a woman does it, it's considered "forcing to make love" and when a man does it, it's rape.
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