For centuries, experts believed that the human desire for sex was primarily powered by our innate drive to procreate as a species. Today however, we now know that while there is significant truth in the age-old reproduction theory, there are other key motivators at play. From goal-based motivation to reproduce through to a physical desire for pleasure or an emotional yearning to express love, commitment or gratitude through sex - the act is inextricably linked and intertwined on multiple levels with our emotions, relationships and with society overall. In short, for the majority, sexual activity is an inevitable and natural part of our existence.
While for most people these behaviours will sit within everyday life without causing any issues, for others these urges become uncontrollable and addictive behaviour can develop - often leading to personal, financial and professional problems.
Sex addiction or hypersexuality is generally defined as any sexual activity that feels irrepressible. This could be through sex with a partner, but it may also involve masturbation, pornography, paying for sex or engaging in indirect sexual activity online