Sex is a completely natural and normal part of life. Most adults and young adults have sex often because it’s fun, it feels good, and it’s just… there! But at the same time, it’s important to point out that it’s also normal to feel anxious or nervous about certain sex moments, or even just the act in general. It might sometimes feel like everyone in the world is totally, one hundred percent fine with sex stuff all the time, but that isn’t exactly true – it’s just something that isn’t always discussed. Maybe you are freaking out about someone actually being inside of you, or maybe you squirm at the idea of being naked in front of someone you like. These are valid fears and anxieties! It might even ease your mind to know that these sex fears are quite common. In fact, there are a lot of sex phobias that you might not realize exist.
I know the term “phobia” might sound clinical, but it’s really just a fancy way to say that something freaks you out to a more serious extent. And let’s face it – there are a ton of things that might freak you out during sex. I mean, you’re naked and vulnerable, so it opens the door for some pretty rough thoughts. You might not have known that these fears have names, but they do! I always say that, sometimes, knowing that there is a name for something makes it a little less scary. After all, you are probably not alone when it comes to your sex phobias. So, get educated and take a look at these sex phobias you totally didn’t know existed.
GymnophobiaThis is the fear of being naked or seeing someone naked. I know it sounds silly, but this fear can stem from body issues or intimacy issues that are very real and very scary! It can take some time getting used to seeing yourself or other people naked. Image Source: iStock
PhallophobiaPhallophobia is the fear of seeing an erect penis. To be honest, penises can be a little scary when you are seeing them for the first time, so this does make sense. Not only can women experience this, but men can too! Image Source: iStock
HeterophobiaThis is also called sexphobia, and it is the term for "fear of the opposite sex." This can be tricky, since you might WANT to have sex with someone, but the make you anxious or freak you out. If you have this and it is getting in the way of your sex life, you might want to see a doctor or therapist to help figure out what's going on. Image Source: iStock
ErotophobiaThis is most likely to most common sex phobia. It is the fear of all things sex: intercourse, oral sex, even love. This fear can be caused by a ton of different things: past sexual or emotional trauma, or even an abusive relationship. Image Source: iStock
EurotophobiaThis is the fear of female genitalia, and is found in both people with and without vaginas. Anatomy is pretty complicated and when it comes to vaginas, it can be a little scary. Some girls might feel repulsed or even scared when thinking about their sex organs. Image Source: iStock
TocophobiaTocophobia is the fear of pregnancy and childbirth. Honestly, this makes sense, especially if you're young and don't plan on having children any time soon. The idea of getting pregnant might be scary to you, which is why having protected sex is VERY important! Image Source: iStock
OneirogmophobiaThis term comes from the Greek word "onerio" which means "dream." A wet dream can happen to anyone, though it mostly happens to people with penises. But, women are able to have wet dreams and even orgasms in their sleep, which could make sleeping with others stressful or embarrassing. Image Source: iStock
What do you think of these sex phobias? Tell us in the comments!