A self-confessed sex addict who has slept with up to 200 men and lost her virginity aged 12 says becoming a mum has made her go celibate.
Laurie Jade Woodruff, 30, used to sleep with up to six men a week but the birth of her 18-month-old son Henry made her change her ways and join a support group.
Ms Woodruff, from Sheffield, told The Sun that since attending Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous meetings she has been celibate for four months.
But the young single mother, who has since published a semi-autobiographical novel, Diary Of A Sex Addict, did not have an easy path to her present chastity.
She said that she has slept with so many men, between 100 and 200, that she has lost count of her number of conquests.
Her loss of her virginity as a 12-year-old was just the start of an obsession that took over her life.
She admitted that the underage sex was ‘wrong’ and that her desires extended to both sexes.
One one occasion, when in her 20s, Ms Woodruff had sex with six men at once at a Liverpool sex party while her ex watched.
‘I was sleeping with several men a week and didn’t even feel like it,’ she said.
Ms Woodruff, from Sheffield, lost her virginity aged 12 and has slept with so many men, as many as 200, that she has lost count of her number of conquests. But since attending Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous meetings, she has been celibate for four months
‘I felt powerless to control my desires and would turn to sex to soothe me all the time,’ she added.
Ms Woodruff would meet men for sex who had merely sent her compliments on Instagram, she did not need dating apps to find a partner, because they came to her.
The author added that the ‘six big relationships’ that she has had have not lasted long because her partners could not handle her promiscuity.
Ms Woodruff, who has since written a semi-autiobiographical novel, Diary Of A Sex Addict, used to meet men for sex after talking to them on Instagram and was unable to go two weeks without sex. One one occasion she had sex with six men at once at a Liverpool sex party
Ms Woodruff added that the ‘six big relationships’ that she has had have not lasted long because her partners could not handle her promiscuity
She and Henry’s dad, Ian, split up because of her addiction, she added.
But Ms Woodruff only realised that she needed to get help when, rather than prioritising her son, she was too busy obsessing over sex and sleeping with controlling men.
‘To be dominated has always been my thing but I became a slave to this type of guy,’ she said.
Ms Woodruff only realised that she needed to get help when, rather than prioritising her son, she was too busy obsessing over sex and sleeping with controlling men
She was stalked twice by men who had got the wrong impression, and so, realising that she needed to prioritise her son, she took the self-diagnosis quiz on the Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous quiz.
Regular meetings with other addicts came soon after, and Ms Woodruff signed up to their 12-step programme to cope with sex addiction.
She said that, as well as having kept a diary throughout her struggle, it was through meeting other sex addicts that she had the idea for her novel.
Many of the women she met had had similar problems to her on their path to addiction, including dysfunctional families and abusive relationships.
They all felt a ‘burning shame’ when they wanted to turn to sex, Ms Woodruff added.
There was a discrepancy between men being a ‘legend or a player’ if they were promiscuous and highly sexed women being judged harshly.
Ms Woodruff said it was a relief to meet women who felt similarly judged.
She said that there is no need to feel ashamed any more and has now gone four months without sex, whereas she previously could not go two weeks without a fix.
Monogamy is now the aim, the 30-year-old added, but she will always be ‘highly sexual’.
Since attending regular Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous meetings, Ms Woodruff has met other women who felt similarly judged over their promiscuity, while men were regarded as ‘legends and players’ for similar behaviour, she said. Her aim now is is monogamy, but she added that she does not need to feel ‘ashamed’ any more for her ‘highly sexual nature