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Psychosexual stimulation and plasma testosterone in man


Plasma testosterone was measured every 15 min for 3 1/2 hr in eight male subjects before, during, and after the showing of a sexually explicit movie. There was an average increase of 35% in testosterone. The maximum concentration was observed 60–90 min after the end of the film. No increase was found in eight control subjects who saw a sexually neutral film.

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Pirke, K.M., Kockott, G. & Dittmar, F. Psychosexual stimulation and plasma testosterone in man. Arch Sex Behav 3, 577–584 (1974).

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  • Maximum Concentration
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  • Male Subject