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Everything to know about the fear of intercourse


“Genophobia” refers to the fear of sex or sexual intimacy. When sexual intimacy is attempted, this condition may cause panic or intense fear.

The primary sufferers of genophobia are women.

  • Formal diagnosis is usually not required
  • A doctor may take a clinical interview for diagnosis
  • It is long lasting
  • Can be successfully treated and cured
  • It is not limited to a simple dislike or aversion. Thinking about it can also stir uncomfortable feelings in some people. The fear of sexual intimacy can also be caused when a person has anxiety or fear of emotionally connecting with a person.


Common symptoms include immediate fear, anxiety, and panic. This can happen even when thinking of the source (in this case, a sexual encounter)
Patients may experience

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble while breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating


Self care - Make an appointment and talk to a therapist who has experience in treating sexual problems.
Medication - Physician can advise medication.
Specialist - The doctor can conduct an exam to see if there is a physical component to your fear of intercourse, and if so, help treat that. Otherwise your doctor can provide you with resources and referrals to therapists who specialize in phobias. This condition is treatable and is not something you have to face alone. At mfine you will receive a holistic treatment plan.

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