Eurotophobia is the morbid and irrational fear of female genitalia. Not that other phobias would not be considered “serious”, but Eurotophobia is actually a very serious phobia. This often prevents the sufferer from being around woman, and especially being exposed to their genitalia.
Now, obviously no one just walks around with their genitalia hanging out, but most people get exposure to it at some point in their life. For people with Eurotophobia, this exposure could cause extreme terror. Furthermore, for those who are romantically interested in woman, relationships can be extremely difficult to handle.
Symptoms of Eurotophobia
Phobia symptoms always vary, depending upon the individual. Various characteristics, such as mental status and lifestyle factors, and levels of fear make the determination of symptom severity.
Again, people with Eurotophobia will generally find it difficult to be around women, especially in romantic ways. For some men, Eurotophobia could also lead to their inability to enter a relationship, or even living a homosexual lifestyle.
This is not to be confused with the fear of women, although this phobia could lead to it. Generally, people who fear female genitalia will only experience symptoms, such as extreme anxiety, when exposed to it.
In extreme cases, a full blown panic attack may set in when exposed to female genitalia. These are states of heightened anxiety and fear, which render people unable to function normally. Symptoms of panic attacks include rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, weakness, fainting, dizziness, tingling or numbness in the hands, sweating, chills, feeling a loss of control, and chest pain.
Causes of Eurotophobia
Causes of phobias can vary. Sometimes, people develop phobias for no reason at all. Although, there is one cause that stands out amongst the rest as being the most common; trauma. Traumatic events, especially those which occur during childhood, can scar a person for years and lead them to develop phobia.
To further explain, a child who, for instance, had been molested by a female may have a mistrust or fear of women. Many of these kids, sadly, are not only molested, but also exposed to female genitalia. Because they associate these things with pain and fear, after all, molestation is considered sexual abuse, they develop morbid phobias of all females and female genitalia.
Others may have underlying social phobias which cause insecurity and/or fear of women and their genitalia. If, for example, a heterosexual man has very little self-confidence, he may be afraid of any type of sexual contact with females. Fear of sexual contact is another phobia which may lead to the phobia of female genitalia.
Again, phobias can be caused by anything, any incident or trigger throughout one’s life. Also, it is very important to note that phobias do not always have an exact cause.
Treatment for Eurotophobia
Just like with symptoms and causes, proper treatment will depend upon the individual. Some people respond more to therapy, others to medication, and others to various, less often used, methods.
So to begin, many forms of therapy are available for people to cope with their fears. For one, shock or exposure therapy can be used to desensitize people to certain stimuli. In this case, the person with Eurotophobia may be shown pictures of female genitalia, which forces them to cope with their fears. Eventually, their reactions will become far less intense, and possibly non-existent. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can also help change a person’s reaction to a stimulus.
Other therapies can be used, such as Hypnotherapy, to help the individual and the professional better understand the reasoning behind the phobia. Knowing the cause of it, such as a suppressed memory of abuse, which can be uncovered through Hypnotherapy, can help the individual cope with their phobia. Knowing the cause can also help determine the best method of treatment.
Lastly, social or group therapy can allow interaction with females. This can help the sufferer understand that not all females are meant to be feared, and not all females will hurt them.
Medication is also a great option to help deal with anxiety, or even certain symptoms of panic attacks.
Again, people may go through many treatments before they find one that works for them. Especially with this phobia, it is important to stick to treatment and try hard to find a cure.