Neurogenic female sexual dysfunction: A review
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- Sipski, M.L. & Behnegar, A. Clinical Autonomic Research (2001) 11: 279. doi:10.1007/BF02332972
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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.