Clinical Autonomic Research

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 279–283

Neurogenic female sexual dysfunction: A review

  • Marca L. Sipski
  • Anousheh Behnegar
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02332972

Cite this article as:
Sipski, M.L. & Behnegar, A. Clinical Autonomic Research (2001) 11: 279. doi:10.1007/BF02332972


The effect of various spinal lesions on female sexual response has recently been investigated in detail. Studies of women with neurologic disabilities and studies of animal models have provided substantial information regarding the spinal control of sexual responses. In this report, the authors explore findings regarding the neurologic pathways underlying the spinal control of sexual arousal and orgasm. Information available about the effects of multiple sclerosis and various cerebral disorders on female sexual function will also be reviewed, with special attention to areas where further research is needed. Lastly, the current status and techniques available to improve the sexual functioning of women with neurologic disabilities affecting the central nervous system will be reviewed.

Key words

female sexual responsespinal cord injurymultiple sclerosisbrain injurysexuality

Copyright information

© Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marca L. Sipski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anousheh Behnegar
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Veteran AffairsUniversity of Miani School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Department of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Mt. Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Miam VA Medical CenterMiamiU.S.A.