What is it?

Genophobia, also known as coitophobia, is a fear or aversion to sexual intercourse or sexual activity. It can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life and intimate relationships.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Coitophobia

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of genophobia may include anxiety, panic attacks, avoidance behavior, and physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, and increased heart rate when faced with sexual situations or thoughts. Genophobia may be a specific phobia or a symptom of a larger anxiety disorder.


Diagnosis of genophobia is typically made through a psychological evaluation, which may include a review of the patient's medical history and symptoms, as well as the administration of psychological tests and questionnaires. A physical examination may also be conducted to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to the symptoms.


Treatment for genophobia may include psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which can help individuals identify and challenge negative thoughts and behaviors related to sex. Exposure therapy may also be used to gradually desensitize the individual to sexual situations or thoughts. In some cases, medications such as anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications may be used to help manage symptoms.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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