Sexual Arousal - Hormones


See also: Sexual motivation and hormones

Several hormones affect sexual arousal, including testosterone, cortisol, and estradiol. However, the specific roles of these hormones are not clear. Testosterone is the most commonly studied hormone involved with sexuality. It plays a key role in sexual arousal in males, with strong effects on central arousal mechanisms. The connection between testosterone and sexual arousal is more complex in females. Research has found testosterone levels increase as a result of sexual cognitions in females that do not use hormonal contraception. Also, women who participate in polyandrous relationships have higher levels of testosterone. However, it is unclear whether higher levels of testosterone cause increased arousal and in turn multiple partners or whether sexual activity with multiple partners cause the increase in testosterone. Inconsistent study results point to the idea that while testosterone may play a role in the sexuality of some women, its effects can be obscured by the co-existence of psychological or affective factors in others.

Read more about this topic:  Sexual Arousal

Other articles related to "hormones, hormone":

List Of Human Hormones
... The following is a list of hormones found in Homo sapiens ... Spelling is not uniform for many hormones ...
Semen Quality - Factors - Chemicals - Hormones
... Anabolic steroids use and use of other hormones can reduce sperm quality ... Changes in hormone homeostasis affect the spermatogenesis ... The body also has natural variations in hormone concentrations, giving sperm quality natural fluctuations as well ...
Secretin Family
... Glucagon/GIP/secretin/VIP hormones are a family of evolutionarily related peptide hormones that regulate activity of G-protein coupled receptors from secretin receptor family ... A number of polypeptidic hormones, mainly expressed in the intestine or the pancreas, belong to a group of these structurally related peptides ... Once such hormone, glucagon is widely distributed and produced in the alpha-cells of pancreatic islets ...
Adverse Reaction To Cytokines
... Biochemists disagree as to which molecules should be termed cytokines and which hormones ... Classic protein hormones circulate in nanomolar (10-9M) concentrations that usually vary by less than one order of magnitude ... of cellular sources for cytokines may be a feature that differentiates them from hormones ...
... contraception Fertility agents SERMs Sex hormones Endocrine system (H) Hypothalamic-pituitary hormones Corticosteroids (Glucocorticoids, Mineralocorticoids) Sex hormones ...

Famous quotes containing the word hormones:

    Teenage boys, goaded by their surging hormones ... run in packs like the primal horde. They have only a brief season of exhilarating liberty between control by their mothers and control by their wives.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947)