Sex is a far more complex subject than most people realize, at least until you reach a certain age. However, even for most, there is still so much to understand.
When you hear the phrase sexual disorder, what comes to mind? For most, things like erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation may come to mind, but the list goes much further than that. There are actually a number of sexual disorders that many people have never heard of. Below, I will list the six rarest sexual disorders and what they mean for the people who are dealing with them.
This condition happens when people masturbate, fondle, or try to have sex with others while sleeping. In most cases, they do not remember their attempts or actions. Research has found that this condition tends to affect those between the ages of 26 and 33 more so than any other age group and that this disorder works very similarly to sleepwalking.
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2. Post-orgasmic illness syndrome.
This disorder is so odd because while sex is typically a good feeling for most, those with this disorder tend to have uncomfortable symptoms after sex. Symptoms include weakness, fever, mood changes, sore throat, and weakness. In some cases, these symptoms can last 2-7 days.
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3. Retrograde ejaculation.
During ejaculation, the man’s urethra is shut off so that ejaculation can move through it. However, when someone has this disorder, their semen is diverted into their bladder. In turn, other issues can follow including muscle damage to the bladder. Common causes for this disorder are taking SSRIs and prostate surgery.
4. Persistent genital arousal disorder.
Yet again, this disorder is so odd, because it takes a pleasurable activity and makes it miserable. Mostly women have this disorder and it causes spontaneous orgasms that can be painful and occur at any time. Researchers believed this could be caused due to issues in the patient’s brain chemistry.
5. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder.
Hypoactive sexual desire disorder happens when someone has no desire at all or a very low desire. This disorder is defined by a lack of sexual fantasy or thought and no desire for sexual activity.
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6. Exhibitionistic disorder.
Exhibitionistic disorder is a disorder that is defined by the urge to expose one’s genitals to non-consenting strangers. People with this disorder are prone to pull their genitals out and show them to people, without warning. There are many causes for this disorder including antisocial personality disorder, alcohol abuse, or other sexual dysfunctions.