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World Journal of Urology

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 377-382

Endocrine response to masturbation-induced orgasm in healthy men following a 3-week sexual abstinence

  • Michael S. ExtonAffiliated withInstitut für Medizinische Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, 45122 Essen, Germany e-mail: michael.exton@uni-essen.de Tel.: +49-201-723-4282; Fax: +49-201-723-5948
  • , Tillmann H. C. KrügerAffiliated withInstitut für Medizinische Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, 45122 Essen, Germany e-mail: michael.exton@uni-essen.de Tel.: +49-201-723-4282; Fax: +49-201-723-5948
  • , Norbert BurschAffiliated withDivision of Clinical Psychiatry, Hannover Medical School, 30623 Hannover, Germany
  • , Philip HaakeAffiliated withInstitut für Medizinische Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, 45122 Essen, Germany e-mail: michael.exton@uni-essen.de Tel.: +49-201-723-4282; Fax: +49-201-723-5948
  • , Wolfram KnappAffiliated withDivision of Nuclear Medicine, Hannover Medical School, 30623 Hannover, Germany
  • , Manfred SchedlowskiAffiliated withInstitut für Medizinische Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, 45122 Essen, Germany e-mail: michael.exton@uni-essen.de Tel.: +49-201-723-4282; Fax: +49-201-723-5948
  • , Uwe HartmannAffiliated withDivision of Clinical Psychiatry, Hannover Medical School, 30623 Hannover, Germany

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Abstract

This current study examined the effect of a 3-week period of sexual abstinence on the neuroendocrine response to masturbation-induced orgasm. Hormonal and cardiovascular parameters were examined in ten healthy adult men during sexual arousal and masturbation-induced orgasm. Blood was drawn continuously and cardiovascular parameters were constantly monitored. This procedure was conducted for each participant twice, both before and after a 3-week period of sexual abstinence. Plasma was subsequently analysed for concentrations of adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol, prolactin, luteinizing hormone and testosterone concentrations. Orgasm increased blood pressure, heart rate, plasma catecholamines and prolactin. These effects were observed both before and after sexual abstinence. In contrast, although plasma testosterone was unaltered by orgasm, higher testosterone concentrations were observed following the period of abstinence. These data demonstrate that acute abstinence does not change the neuroendocrine response to orgasm but does produce elevated levels of testosterone in males.

Key words Abstinence Sexual arousal Orgasm Prolactin Catecholamines Cortisol Testosterone Cardiovascular