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Women’s Sexual Response

  • Helen S. Kaplan
  • Erica Sucher
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)

Abstract

Our concept of what constitutes the normal range of sexual desire is highly subjective, in contrast with our concept of normalcy with respect to genital functioning. Erections and orgasms can be observed objectively and therefore can be accurately described and defined, but our data regarding normalcy of libido in men and women are incomplete and largely anecdotal. However, there is a sense of the normal range of sexual interest, and while there is confusion in borderline situations, professional consensus does exist—at least in a general way—regarding the extreme and clearly pathological deviations from the norm. For example, most clinicians would agree that a married woman of 39 who never feels sexual desire, is attracted neither to her husband nor to anyone else, and never fantasizes or masturbates has an abnormally low libido. A history of significant change in libido also suggests that desire has become pathologically low and is not simply low normal (Kaplan, 1977).

Keywords

Sexual Desire Sexual Response Female Orgasm Vaginal Lubrication Female Sexual Response 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen S. Kaplan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Erica Sucher
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryCornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Human Sexuality ProgramPayne-Whitney Clinic at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Human Sexuality ProgramNew York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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