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.
5. Malaxophobia – Fear of Love Play
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This is the fear of love play. Now you might ask, “What the heck is love play?” It’s a valid question. It’s kind of like asking, “What is love?” The interwebs is a little vague on the term (where is Wikipedia when you actually need it?). The term basically refers to a fear of being intimate. Those who suffer from malaxophobia are afraid of being caressed, stroked, or fondled. It’s kind of like a fear of foreplay, which it seems like a phobia a lot of men may have or may start using as an excuse.
4. Sexual Claustrophobia – Fear of Sex Indoors
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As the name suggests, this is the fear of having sex in enclosed spaces. It's one phobia that can get you into a lot of trouble, as it usually leads to copulating in open spaces. While this sounds awesome, it’s not all roses and doggy-style on park benches. For Danielle Vincely the condition quickly ends relationships. The 24-year-old British woman recently made her sexual claustrophobia public and revealed that her phobia “ruins her love life.” She says, “Guys love it at first. They think it’s kinky making love under the stars in the woods, on beaches, park benches, and car bonnets… But after a while they get annoyed, especially if it’s raining, and dump me. Men like a quick romp inside on the bed but I just can’t bring myself to do it.” Maybe she should make her bedroom look like the English countryside with some clever wallpapering.
3. Oneirogmophobia – Fear of Wet Dreams
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This is the abnormal fear of having a wet dream. Wet dreams are a strange part of adolescence and man’s first nocturnal emission can be an unsettling an embarrassing experience. According to Alfred Kinsey, in the United States 83 percent of men will experience a wet dream sometime in their life (or have at least admitted to having one). In Indonesia the rate is much higher with 97 percent of men experiencing a nocturnal emission by age 24. It should be noted that women can indeed have wet dreams, though it is less noticeable and way less messy. People who suffer from oneirogmophobia can be so afraid of experiencing a wet dream that they refuse to go to sleep.
2. Medorthophobia – Fear of an Erect Penis
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If you’ve ever heard yourself say, “Get that erect penis away from me,” screamed and run out of the room in terror, then you may be suffering from medorthophobia. This is the fear of an erect penis. It is not a fear of penises in general, but the fear of a stiffy or when a man’s main member is at full salute. Now, I think it’s safe to assume that this is a phobia suffered only by women. A man with a fear of an erection, well, may not actually be a man. As a dude suffering from this condition would be hell. It’d make morning wood worse than any nightmare.
1. Parthenophobia – Fear of Virgins
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Parthenophobia is the fear of virgins or young girls, which could make getting through high school rather difficult. People suffering from this phobia may suffer a panic attack or severe anxiety just from the thought of being in close proximity to a virgin. People suffering from this phobia are not just scared of virgins in a sexual sense, there are scared of coming in contact with them in regular life, even though they are fully aware that this is irrational. This is type of phobia that would suck if you’ve been promised 42 virgins or have your heart set on being a high school teacher.