Nymphomania and satyriasis

The first term was originally used for women who have several orgasms within a short time, but is now reserved for a practically insatiable sexual desire which the patient herself usually finds irksome. Inability to reach orgasm, even by masturbation, is an important feature; the condition can be long standing or occur in attacks. The rarely-mentioned male equivalent is satyriasis. Social norms and values establish the point at which sexual behaviour becomes abnormal; levels of sexual desire and expression vary, and there are no rules about the frequency of sexual contact. Very frequent sex creates problems only if one partner is