Fear Of Sex (Genophobia): Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

The fear of sexual relations, also known by specialists as genophobia or coitophobia, is the physical or psychological fear of sexual relations or intercourse. The word comes from the Greek nouns γένος genes, which means “offspring,” and φόβος phobos, which means “fear.” This word is also formed from the Greek noun phobos and the term coitus, which refers to the act of copulation in which a male reproductive organ enters a female reproductive system.

It comes from the Greek god of erotic love, Eros. Genophobia can induce panic and fear in individuals, as can panic attacks. People who have a phobia can be intensely affected by the attempt of sexual contact or simply by the thought of it. Extreme fear can lead to problems in romantic relationships.

Those who have genophobia can steer clear of getting involved in relationships to avoid the possibility of intimacy. This can lead to feelings of loneliness. Genophobic people can also feel lonely because they may feel ashamed or ashamed of their fears.

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  • There can be many different reasons why people develop genophobia.
  • Some of the leading causes are past incidents of sexual assault or abuse.
  • These incidents violate the victim’s confidence and rob her of her sense of the right to self-determination.
  • Another possible cause of genophobia is intense feelings of shame or medical reasons. Others may be afraid for no diagnosable reason.


  • Rape is the non-consensual and illegal act of forced sexual intercourse by one person with another.
  • This can include penetration but is not required. Rape victims can be of any gender.
  • “Rape is the most extreme invasion of a person’s physical and emotional privacy.”
  • It is considered a heinous crime because victims are attacked personally and because physical force or deception can be used.
  • Rape can be physically painful, but it can be more emotionally excruciating.
  • Rape is often described as less like an invasion of the body and more like an invasion of the “self.”
  • Victims often have intense emotional reactions, usually in a predictable order.
  • This is known as rape trauma syndrome.

Rape victims may experience:

  • Additional stress after the assault is how hospital staff, law enforcement personnel, friends, family, and other essential people react to the situation.
  • They can often feel low self-esteem and even a sense of helplessness.
  • They long for a sense of security and control over their lives.
  • Rape victims can develop a fear of sex for physical and psychological reasons.
  • During a sexual assault, victims experience physical trauma such as pain, bruising, soreness, genital irritation, genital infection, severe tears to the vaginal walls, and rectal bleeding.
  • This possibility of rape can also stress relationships.
  • Some women and men may be suspicious and suspicious of others.
  • Rape victims may fear sexual intercourse due to physical pain and mental anguish.


  • Child sexual abuse is a form of sexual assault in which an older child, adult, or adolescent abuse a younger child for sexual satisfaction.
  • One child can abuse another child; this is defined as child-to-child sexual abuse.
  • This may include talking to a child about having sex, showing child pornography, involving a child in the production of pornography, exposing a child’s genitalia, fondling a child’s genitalia, or forcing a child to participate in any form of sexual intercourse.
  • Force is not used often in the sexual abuse of minors.
  • Children often cooperate because they are not fully aware of the importance of what is happening.
  • They may also feel intimidated by the adult or older adolescent.

Victims of child sexual abuse often experience :

  • Their feelings about incidents later in life, when they can fully understand the importance.
  • They often feel that their privacy has been invaded when they were too young to consent.
  • They may feel like they were taken advantage of and betrayed by those they trusted.
  • Victims of child sexual abuse can experience long-term psychological trauma.
  • This pushes them to distrust others. Lack of trust in others can lead to a general fear of sex.


  • Some people can be affected by genophobia due to body image problems.
  • Some men and women can become obsessively aware of their bodies.
  • This can be regarding your entire physique, or it can be focused on a specific topic.
  • Women may feel insecure if they don’t like the appearance of their labia majora or labia minora. Men can become genophobic if they have erectile dysfunction.
  • Other people dealing with gender dysphoria can also develop a fear of sex.

Other fears

  • Some people living with genophobia may develop fear due to pre-existing fears.
  • Some people may have nosophobia – the fear of contracting a disease or virus.
  • They can also have gymnastics: the fear of nudity.
  • Others may have an extreme fear of being touched.
  • Along with stress disorders, these problems can manifest as an innate fear of sex.


  • The symptoms of genophobia can be feelings of panic, terror, and fear.
  • Other symptoms are increased heartbeat, shortness of breath, tremors, anxiety, sweating, crying, and avoiding others.


  • There is no universal cure for xenophobia. Some way to deal with or treat anxiety problems is to see a licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor for therapy.
  • Some people who experience pain during sex can visit their doctor or gynecologist.
  • Medications may also be prescribed to treat anxiety caused by the phobia.

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Hello, how are you? My name is Georgia Tarrant, and I am a clinical psychologist. In everyday life, professional obligations seem to predominate over our personal life. It's as if work takes up more and more of the time we'd love to devote to our love life, our family, or even a moment of leisure.