How can my partner's sex addiction affect our relationship?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Even the seemingly more benign characteristics of sex addiction -- such as frequent masturbation and porn use -- can have serious effects on your relationship. He may be putting so much energy into these activities that he has "nothing left to give" when it comes to his sex life with you. That can leave you feeling confused, frustrated, and hurt. And despite his behavior, he likely feels guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed by his inability to control his compulsions.

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