Not a true disease, Webster, but a psychological disease. Much in the same way that homosexuality is a pyschological disease, that is, it was a psychological disease because of religious and cultural pre-dispositions. As if women don't have the right to screw whatever they want to screw. Co-incidentally, one of the most famous prescriptions for nymphomania and Female Anxiety was the vibrator, first used to treat these 'diseases' in the 1890s.

Is nymphomania dangerous? Perhaps, through the possible spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. However, this poses no more risk than any other excess. It is nobody's business other than your own and the people you choose to share that observation with if you are a nymphomaniac. Although, this is not to say one should be allowed to hold a disregard for human life should someone be knowingly transmitting sexual diseases.
Nymphomania is very different from what I see described here. For a woman to be a nymphomaniac, she must fit a couple of conditions:

1) Engages in the act of sex COMPULSIVELY.
2) Does not derive pleasure from the sexual act.

Although having an "insatiable sexual appetite" is perfectly natural and healthy, being pathologically compelled to engage in sex joylessly is, in fact, a psychological disease. In true nymphomaniacs, the compulsion to engage in sexual activity overrides all other considerations, even though the afflicted individual does not actually enjoy the sexual act, and will not achieve orgasm.

To expound, individuals who enjoy having sex casually, or simply have a great sexual appetite are not, by definition, nymphomaniacs.

nymphomania can be caused by (among other things) childhood sexual abuse.

The male form of nymphomania is called "satyriasis".

Nym`pho*ma"ni*a (?), n. [Gr. a bride + madness.] Med.

Morbid and uncontrollable sexual desire in women, constituting a true disease.

 

© Webster 1913.

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