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The Science of Orgasm

Barry R. Komisaruk, Carlos Beyer-Flores, and Beverly Whipple

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Winner, 2007 Bonnie and Vern L. Bullough Book Award, Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

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…

Winner, 2007 Bonnie and Vern L. Bullough Book Award, Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

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.

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In considerable but lucid detail, three researchers from different fields address every aspect of the science behind orgasms, from why they feel so good to whether transsexual men with surgically created vaginas can have them.

Approach the book with any question you can conjure about the whys and wherefores of orgasm and you'll receive a minutely detailed answer that incorporates findings from the latest sex research.

Behind its tongue-in-cheek 'plain brown wrapper' cover, this unique book offers a thorough compilation of what modern science, from biomechanics to neurochemistry, knows about the secrets of orgasm.

Those with real faith in science as an exit route from dysfunction might want to check out The Science of Orgasm.

The authors cast gimlet eyes over such subjects as multiple and phantom orgasm, as well as the biological process and the effects of various drugs on it. A most stimulating read.

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9
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376
ISBN
9780801884900
Illustration Description
13 halftones, 2 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface
1. Definitions of Orgasm
2. Different Nerves, Different Orgasmic Feelings
3. Bodily Changes at Orgasm
4. Are Orgasms Good for Your Health?
5. When Things Go Wrong
6. Diseases That Affect Orgasm
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Preface
1. Definitions of Orgasm
2. Different Nerves, Different Orgasmic Feelings
3. Bodily Changes at Orgasm
4. Are Orgasms Good for Your Health?
5. When Things Go Wrong
6. Diseases That Affect Orgasm
7. How Aging Affects Orgasm
8. Pleasure and Satisfaction with and without Orgasm
9. The Nervous System Connection
10. The Neurochemistry of Orgasm
11. Effects of Medication
12. Counteracting Medication Side Effects
13. Recreational Stimulant Drugs and Orgasm
14. Depressant Drugs and Orgasm
15. Herbal Therapies
16. Hormones and Orgasm
17. Mechanism of Action of Sex Steroids
18. Nonreproductive Hormones in Orgasm
19. Atypical Orgasms
20. The Genital-Brain Connection
21. Orgasms after Brain Surgery or Brain Damage
22. Imaging the Brain during Sexual Arousal and Orgasm
23. The Cast of Characters: How Brain Components Contribute to Orgasm
24. Consciousness and Orgasm
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Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

Carlos Beyer-Flores, Ph.D.

Carlos Beyer-Flores is head of the Laboratorio CIRA of the University of Tlaxcala and CINVESTAV in Mexico. He is the coauthor of The Science of Orgasm, also published by Johns Hopkins.
Featured Contributor

Beverly Whipple, Ph.D., R.N.

Beverly Whipple is a professor emerita at Rutgers University and a certified sexuality educator, counselor, and researcher. She is the coauthor of The Science of Orgasm, also published by Johns Hopkins.
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