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 What is frotteurism?
 What is the cause?
 What are the symptoms?
 How is it diagnosed?
 How is it treated?
 How can I take care of myself?

What is frotteurism?

Frotteurism is a sexual disorder. If you have this disorder, you are sexually aroused by touching and rubbing your body against an unwilling person. The behavior usually happens in crowded places. Frotteurism is considered a form of sexual assault and may be a criminal act.

What is the cause?

The exact cause of this disorder is not known. Possible causes include:

This disorder is most common in males.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include:

How is it diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms, relationships, medical history, and any drug or alcohol use. He or she may also ask if someone close to you has a history of mental illness. You may be referred to a mental health therapist for treatment.

How is it treated?

Both therapy and medicines may be used to treat this disorder. Several types of therapy may help.

Medicines may include hormones or medicines to correct the balance of chemicals in your brain. Both kinds of medicine help reduce sexual urges.

How can I take care of myself?

Get emergency care if you or a loved one has serious thoughts of suicide or harming others.

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