Top 10 Facts About Nymphomaniacs


This list is dedicated to all of the flabbergasted readers of my previous list, “Top 10 Things Better Than Sex.” If you can’t think of one thing that is better than sex, then I hope will enjoy this list about nymphomaniacs.

“Some things are better than sex, and some are worse, but there’s nothing exactly like it.” (W. C. Fields)

What is Nymphomania?
Famous sex researcher Dr Alfred Kinsey, rather cheekily, described a nymphomaniac as “someone who has more sex than you” (; however, sex addiction is a serious matter. Here is a toll free phone number you can call if you need help:

Sex Addicts Anonymous: 1-800-477-8191

Now, back to our not-so-serious list… Here are ten interesting (and surprising) facts about nymphomaniacs:

10. No Boys Allowed

Image result for Painting: Nymphs and Satyr, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Wikipedia.

Did you know that the term nymphomania only applies to females?  The male counterpart is called satyriasis. Both words are inspired by 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.” I guess that’s where the term “horny” comes from?

Why are we all familiar with the term “nympho” and not “satyro”? Is it because a woman who is unable to control her sexual desires is more exciting or more newsworthy than a man with the same problem? More likely, it’s because a willingness to engage in constant sexual activity is considered normal when it comes to men. In fact, historically, the female problem of nymphomania has been taken much more seriously than the male counterpart. Treatments have included “cold baths, bromide sedatives, cauterization and, yes, clitoridectomy” (Peter Green, “All Sexed Up”, Los Angeles Times). (Painting: Nymphs and Satyr, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Wikipedia.)

9. Too Much Of A Good Thing?

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The book “Nymphomania, A History” describes how Victorian doctors feared that “eating rich food, consuming too much chocolate, dwelling on impure thoughts, reading novels, or performing “secret pollutions”… overstimulated women’s delicate nerve fibers and led to nymphomania.” They were so worried about these delicate nerve fibers that “one critic even feared that the use of the speculum itself might so excite a woman’s passions that it could cause nymphomania” (Carol Groneman, Nymphomania A History). Obviously this critic was a man and had never had a pap smear!

8. It’s All In Her Head

Doctor and Woman Holding Dolls at Sex Clinic (Photo by © Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

The same book quoted above also states that Phrenologists of the same time period thought “an enlarged cerebellum… indicated inordinate sexual appetite.” A visit to confirms that there are still people who believe in this study of head shapes. Phrenologists believe that “the faculty concerned with physical love and sexual attraction [is] on the lower back of the head, behind the ears.” The bigger your cerebellum, the bigger the back of your head- meaning you literally have too much sex in the brain. In contrast, The Encyclopedia of Psychology states that “scientists now recognize that the shape of the skull does not relate to the shape of the brain.”

7. Yesterday’s Nymphomaniacs Are Today’s Sex Addicts

The term “nymphomaniac” or “nympho” is no longer recognized in the medical world. According to “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, a person whose sex drive is obsessively high is called “hypersexual.” Other words used are “sexual addiction” and “compulsivity.”

Abnormal is the key word here. Research has shown that only “about 8% of the total population of men and 3% of women are sexually addicted [nymphomaniacs]” (

6. Nymphos Are Sick

Back to Carol Groneman’s book Nymphomania, A History:
“In the Victorian period, both doctors and the patients who sought medical help believed that strong sexual desire in a woman was a symptom of disease. Self-control and moderation were central to the health of both men and women, but women’s presumably milder sexual appetite meant that any signs of excess might signal that she was dangerously close to the edge of sexual madness.”

Headlines still support this belief that one false step will send a “normal” woman spiraling into an over-sexed state. Last month the Daily Star reported that a woman was claiming that a fall from her Wii Fit board turned her into a nymphomaniac (Emma Wall, “Nintendo Wii Made Me a Nympho!”, Daily Star). Apparently nymphomania can be a sports injury as well.

In another recent case, a nymphomaniac became the victim of her doctor’s inappropriate bedside manner; he lost his license when he started paying house calls to his nymphomaniac patient. (“Indian-origin Oz doc gets deregistered for having sex with ‘nymphomaniac’ patient”, Asian News International [ANI]).

5. Nymphomaniacs Are Not Great Girlfriends

A nymphomaniac girlfriend might only be great material for a movie, a letter to Playboy, or a fantasy. Real life isn’t as fantastic: at worst they have a serious medical condition; at best they are exhausting…

Here is some handy advice from a website called
Get what you can out of your relationship with a nymphomaniac woman – and be prepared to cut your losses in a hurry, and move on… sleep with her quickly, and then vanish into thin air as if you were never there to begin with.”

What lovely advice! I’m sure all of you single ladies out there want this gentleman’s phone number…

4. Nymphomania Is A Sin

Nymphomania is not condoned in the bible. “Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it bring forth death” (James 1: 14 – 15) provides straightforward (and nonjudgmental) advice for “men and women of all walks of life who struggle with addictions to pornography, masturbation, cybersex, and similar sexual practices.” There are also sites specifically for women. “is a Christian anti-pornography ministry created to help women struggling with pornography addiction.”

According to filmmaker and sex addict (his 2006 film is called “I Am A Sex Addict”) Caveh Zahedi,“There’s the idea in Hinduism of a negative path to God… Instead of doing good, you do really bad… And arguably sin is a better path because you learn more deeply what it is you’re dealing with. They say the worst sinners make the greatest saints.” (Kevin B. Lee, Caveh Zahedi: Interview With A Sex Addict, Slant Magazine.) (Infographic:

3. Nymphomania Is Not A Sin

Alfred Kinsey said, “the only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform” – and some religions see nymphomania as a route to redemption or a celebration of marriage.

Check out, whose mission isto teach married women to walk in sexual freedom with their husbands.” If, when you think of toys and church ladies, you think of a nice elderly lady selling hand-knit doll clothes at a church bazaar, the “toy reviews” at this site might knock your socks off. You can also participate in weekly polls, such as “Where is the most interesting place you would like to [make love] to your hubby?”

Q: What’s the best cure for nymphomania?
A: M-A-R-R-I-A-G-E

“There is not really any ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in Buddhism; there are just actions that bring us greater happiness and those that bring us greater pain,” explains Peter Morrell in his article ‘A Buddhist View of Addiction” ( Addiction, including sexual addiction (for our purposes, nymphomania) is “seen as an overactive desire sense, that has gone way beyond normal limits.” (Image: movie poster for sale at

2. It’s Not All Fun and Games

While the idea of nymphomania has it’s obvious attractions, it can actually be very dangerous (and expensive). Also, while celebrity sex addicts make headlines and it all seems very exciting, I think it’s important to note that “60% of sexual addicts were abused by someone in their childhood.” (Roschbeth Ewald, “Sexual Addiction,”

Here are some negative consequences of sexually compulsive behavior:

  • Exposure to sexually transmitted diseases
  • Debt
  • Legal problems
  • Damaged relationships (marriage, friends, family)
  • Interference with your work and social life
  • Loss of reputation
  • Vulnerability to anxiety and depression

1. Nymphomaniacs Don’t Even Enjoy Sex?!

“I need sex for a clear complexion, but I’d rather do it for love.” (Joan Crawford)

Think about it, if you are compelled to do something frequently, do you enjoy it? I mean, I love eating chocolate as a treat, but if that’s all I did all day long I think I’d get bored of the flavor pretty fast! So what if you can’t stop eating chocolate, even though you know you’re hurting loved ones, your career, spending all your money, and possibly even sending yourself straight to hell?

“For many addicts, [it] becomes a way to numb out painful feelings, kill time or stop feeling lonely, says Kelly McDaniel, licensed professional counselor in San Antonio, Texas, and author of Ready to Heal: Women Facing Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction.” (Elizabeth Landau, “When Sex Becomes An Addiction,”

Hmmmm, maybe I should start referring to myself as a chocolamaniac….

Sex Addicts Anonymous: 1-800-477-8191

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  1. Sherif Gamal Eldin on

    In the Graph u presented, there are two mistakes that need revision:

    1- I don’t think that Premarital Sex is allowed in most cases in Judaism (shaded green).
    2- Masterbation is not ‘allowed in most cases’ in Islam, it is more condemned than allowed with no specifics.
    3- I think abortion is ‘Condemned’ in Islam and Jusaism.

  2. I don’t know about other but for Islam,

    Teen Sex – Condemned (Red)
    Masturbation – Condemned in most cases (Orange)
    Abortion – Condemned in most cases (Orange) coz you cant just easily get an abortion without acceptable reason.

  3. I have a wife now 84 yrs old ,right after marriage I noticed her attraction to other. Men (any man )she has been quite discrete but I know she had had many one nighfers. Often while having meals with other couples she will grab the genitals of men sitting next to her When I have noticed these incidents she either denighs it or laughs it off. The question I have does these urges still prevail at 84 yrs. old

  4. I feel like most women who believe they Have something wrong just because they need sex ! Women and men are SUPPOSED to want sex ! One of my lady friends still craves sex big time ! She has always had a preference for much younger men and at 69 years old, she has several young men in her pool of dateable guys. She is divorced for 20 years and has bedded 30 to 40 young men because she claims that men her age all seem to have difficulty getting it up or keeping it up and cant last. Having sex several times a week has kept her in great shape and she looks 15 years younger. If there is something wrong with a woman who loves sex then I hope I am a tiger like her when I reach 69 !!!!!!

    • i do love sex but i dont enjoy it like they she talks about it. I have being masturbating since 2009 till now. AND I AM FINDIND IT HAD TO LOVE OR EVEN HAVE FEELINGS. NORMS WHAT CAN I DO. ?

  5. I notice that there are replies missing for some time, and I do not know if this message will be answered, but I have a rather unique problem that has bothered me for quite awhile.

    I had been married to my high school sweetheart for 45 years when she died in 2010 – over seven years. To that point, I had known that she had been unfaithful to me with two men during the early years of our marriage. Since we had young children at the time, I was determined to save our marriage for their sakes. Both times she had confessed to me and swore that she would not do anything of the sort again.

    My wife seemed to be the model wife and mother that I wanted her to be. Our sex life was all that I could have asked for. She gave me four daughters and raised them to be great young women, and now loving wives themselves. Everything was fine until her death in 2010.

    My daughters and I held a memorial service for my wife following her death, where we praised her for the many talents and skills that she had possessed. Over one hundred friends and family were in attendance. About a week after the service, I got a letter from a woman that my wife had worked with. She said that she was disturbed by the conversation she had overheard while leaving the church the night of our service. She heard two women who were talking together, saying that our tribute did no sound anything like the person they knew my wife to be. My friend said that she knew a few things about my wife, and that apparently those two women knew even more. She would not say any more to me.

    My oldest daughter had worked with her mother for close to a year some time prior to her mother becoming ill. I showed her the letter and asked If she knew anything about it. She said that since her mother was no longer alive, she felt that she could now they me what had be going on. She knew that her mother had several sexual affairs with men prior to getting sick. My daughter had come home in mid day once and had discovered her mother in bed with a man that she recognized as being one of her mother’s co-workers. My daughter said that she had not told me because she didn’t want her younger sisters to suffer from a possible broken marriage.

    I later asked my second daughter if she knew anything about her mother’s behavior. At first she was not inclined to tell me anything, but she finally told me that her mother had made a bold move on a past boyfriend and it was the reason that she had broken up with him. Again, she had not told me about this because she was not sure how I would react.

    During the period in question, an employment promotion had caused me to be required to travel extensively; some times being away from home several days at a time. My wife was taking advantage of my absences to be with her lovers. By then, all of our daughters were noticing that something was going on. Again, none of them wanted to be the one to tell me what was going on.

    Learning of this after my wife’s death, I am unable to accept my wife’s behavior, nor can I forget what she did to her trusting family. How do I purge from my mind the thoughts of her lying in the arms of so many men over the years? Even after meeting with a grief counselor I am troubled by the thoughts that she had stayed married to me for convenience instead of love. Do you have any advice?