This fascinating and comprehensive book is the first to explore the complex biological process leading to orgasm. Here, sexuality researcher and nurse Beverly Whipple, coauthor of the international best-selling book The G Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality, joins neuroscientist Barry R. Komisaruk and endocrinologist Carlos Beyer-Flores to view orgasm through the lenses of behavioral neuroscience along with cognitive and physiological sciences.
The authors explain how and why orgasms happen, why they fail to happen, and what brain and body events are put into play at the moment of orgasm. No topic is left unexplored, as the book describes the genital-brain connection, how the brain produces orgasms, how aging affects orgasm, and the effects of prescription medication, street drugs, hormones, disorders, and diseases.
Covering every type of sexual peak experience in women and menfrom intense to phantom-this informative and entertaining work illuminates the hows, whats, and wherefores of orgasm.
Barry R. Komisaruk is a professor of psychology at Rutgers University. Carlos Beyer-Flores is head of the Laboratorio Tlaxcala in Mexico. Beverly Whipple is Professor Emerita at the College of Nursing, Rutgers University.
Preface1. Definitions of Orgasm2. Different Nerves, Different Orgasmic Feelings3. Bodily Changes at Orgasm4. Are Orgasms Good for Your Health?5. When Things Go Wrong6. Diseases That Affect Orgasm7. How Aging Affects Orgasm8. Pleasure and Satisfaction with and without Orgasm9. The Nervous System Connection10. The Neurochemistry of Orgasm11. Effects of Medication12. Counteracting Medication Side Effects13. Recreational Stimulant Drugs and Orgasm14. Depressant Drugs and Orgasm15. Herbal Therapies16. Hormones and Orgasm17. Mechanism of Action of Sex Steroids18. Nonreproductive Hormones in Orgasm19. Atypical Orgasms20. The Genital-Brain Connection21. Orgasms after Brain Surgery or Brain Damage22. Imaging the Brain during Sexual Arousal and Orgasm23. The Cast of Characters: How Brain Components Contribute to Orgasm24. Consciousness and OrgasmGlossaryReferencesIndex