Nearly a quarter of Americans suffer from some type of phobia, whether it’s being scared of heights, spiders, or peanut butter. Those suffering from them know they're irrational, but it doesn’t make the fear any less real or debilitating. That said, it seems some people have developed phobias of just about everything and when comes to the bedroom, these phobias can be downright strange.
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10. Medomalacuphobia – Fear of Losing an Erection
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This is the fear of losing a boner. Now, I think most men have this worry-- that they’re going to get some and the minute its time to sink the salami a bad case of whiskey-dickitis takes over. According to medical science the fear of losing an erection can result in “breathlessness, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly, a fear of dying, becoming mad or losing control, a sensation of detachment from reality, or a full blown anxiety attack.” What they don’t mention is that the fear of losing an erection may actually cause you to lose your erection.
9. Gymnophobia – Fear of Being Nude
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Those with gymnophobia suffer severe anxiety from being nude and seeing others nude, even if it’s in a socially acceptable situation. This can make getting to third base a little tricky. The fear stems from feeling physically inferior when naked and from a fear that being naked leaves them exposed and unprotected. One of the most famous gymnophobics in pop culture would have to be Tobias Fünke from the television show Arrested Development. He artfully described himself as being a "never-nude."
8. Eurotophobia – Fear of a Female’s Sex Parts
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Eurotophobia is the persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a female’s sexual organs. Some individuals suffer the phobia all the time, or it can be triggered from direct stimuli of the vagina (or when Paris Hilton crotch shots hit the web). This phobia is apparently quite common and linked to a past sexual experience gone sour. The phobia can cause feelings of dread, a rapid heartbeat, anxiety, and tunnel vision.
7. Philemaphobia – Fear of Kissing
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This is one phobia you can’t kiss and make better. Philemaphobic are afraid of being kissed. It is a very specific phobia and a subset of malaxophobia. The fear can be triggered for two reasons. It can be caused by a traumatic experience or from a fear of bad breath and/or the transmission of germs.
6. Erotophobia – Fear of Talking About Sex
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This is the fear of talking about sex. It is not the fear of having sex. People with this phobia just don’t want to talk about it, discuss it, or even read about sex. People suffering from erotophobia will react in a negative manner to sexually explicit material, which can have devastating consequences. Such individuals are less likely to adopt any form of birth control, so they're more likely to have unplanned pregnancies and contract STDs. While people suffering from erotophobia are not explicitly afraid of sex, they do have sex infrequently and are not very adventurous in the bedroom. This is probably because they’re too afraid to read the Kama Sutra.