Current Sexual Health Reports

, 5:141 | Cite as

Neurologic and neuroendocrinologic responses during orgasm: What do we know?

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Abstract

In recent decades, progress has been made in terms of understanding the neurologic and neuroendocrinologic control of sexual function, particularly orgasm. This has been achieved primarily with rodent animal models in which the physical (autonomic and somatic) changes observed during orgasmic reflexes are similar to those reported in humans. More recently, imaging studies in men and women have examined the brain regions activated with sexual stimulation and these observations correlate well with data from animal studies. This paper discusses what is known about the central nervous system regions and neurotransmitters involved in orgasmic-like responses in men and women.

Keywords

Sexual Behavior Sexual Function Oxytocin Ventral Tegmental Area Sexual Arousal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, 2335 MBRB, CB 7052University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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