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
  • Exhibitionism
  • Having a fixation on an unattainable sex partner
Sep. 15, 2011