The effects of acute exercise on physiological sexual arousal in women

Cindy M. Meston, Amelia M. Stanton

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Abstract

This chapter examines the relationship between acute exercise and physiological sexual arousal in women. The first section of the chapter provides foundational knowledge on the physiological sexual arousal response, which is characterized by increased blood flow to the genitals and subsequent vasocongestion, and then highlights the faciliatory effect of acute exercise on this response. Based on a series of studies that investigated autonomic nervous system influences on sexual arousal in women, the second section suggests that activation of the sympathetic nervous system is most likely the mechanism that facilitates the relationship between acute exercise and increased physiological sexual arousal. Finally, the chapter discusses key clinical implications of the relationship between acute exercise and physiological arousal, particularly for women who have a history of childhood sexual abuse, women who have undergone hysterectomies, and women who report sexual arousal problems due to antidepressant medication use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSex Hormones, Exercise and Women
Subtitle of host publicationScientific and Clinical Aspects
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages227-241
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319445588
ISBN (Print)9783319445571
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Antidepressive Agents

Keywords

  • Acute exercise
  • Female sexual function
  • Sexual arousal
  • Sympathetic nervous system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Meston, C. M., & Stanton, A. M. (2016). The effects of acute exercise on physiological sexual arousal in women. In Sex Hormones, Exercise and Women: Scientific and Clinical Aspects (pp. 227-241). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44558-8_13

The effects of acute exercise on physiological sexual arousal in women. / Meston, Cindy M.; Stanton, Amelia M.

Sex Hormones, Exercise and Women: Scientific and Clinical Aspects. Springer International Publishing, 2016. p. 227-241.

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Meston, CM & Stanton, AM 2016, The effects of acute exercise on physiological sexual arousal in women. in Sex Hormones, Exercise and Women: Scientific and Clinical Aspects. Springer International Publishing, pp. 227-241. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44558-8_13
Meston CM, Stanton AM. The effects of acute exercise on physiological sexual arousal in women. In Sex Hormones, Exercise and Women: Scientific and Clinical Aspects. Springer International Publishing. 2016. p. 227-241 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44558-8_13
Meston, Cindy M. ; Stanton, Amelia M. / The effects of acute exercise on physiological sexual arousal in women. Sex Hormones, Exercise and Women: Scientific and Clinical Aspects. Springer International Publishing, 2016. pp. 227-241
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