Oneirogmophobia- Fear of wet dreams

Puberty is a great time of change for adolescent boys as this is the time their bodies grow beards, axillary hair, pubic hair, their voice deepens, and they began to have wet dreams and sexual desires. This is a part of puberty due to raging hormones and for some teens having wet dreams can be scary and this is called oneirogmophobia.

Wet dreams can be emotionally upsetting especially if they are not informed that this can happen. They may feel guilty and ashamed and thing that it is wrong to have wet dreams. They should be educated that nocturnal emissions or wet dreams are normal in males.

Most who have this phobia have very strong religious backgrounds and were taught that having sexual desires and sexual urges is wrong and you are committing sin by having these sexual urges. For others, having wet dreams when they dream about males could be the first time that they realize that they have homosexual urges and thus this phobia occurs.

Adolescents with this phobia may cry and feel guilty every time they have wet dreams. They will hide it from their parents and immediately wash their clothes when this happens. They may even punish themselves for it if they think that they have done something wrong.

Some of these boys will need counseling and psychotherapy. Proper sexual education is also helpful for some. Medications are not needed because this is a normal phenomenon in males.
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