Dutch scientist links orgasm failure to inability to ‘switch off’

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Women find it more difficult to climax during sex because they lack men’s ability to switch off an area of the brain, according to a Dutch scientist.

Professor Gert Holstege, of the centre for uroneurology at the University Medical Centre (UMC) in Groningen, studied the brain activity of heterosexual couples using a PET scanner.

One partner went under the scanner while the other stimulated them until they achieved orgasm.

“From this I discovered that at the point of orgasm the left half of the brain was deactivated and the right half activated. The deactivation is especially interesting.

“What it actually means is that during sex you should let your thoughts go. If you’re busy thinking about what you need to buy at the supermarket the next day, it won’t work.”

Professor Holstege hopes the research can help the one in five women who suffer from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, meaning they are troubled by their lack of interest in sex.

Until recently he was involved in research into a medicine which “restored” sexual pleasure in women who were unable to experience it, but the project ran into difficulty.

“There was a huge furore in the American media about the medicine, especially from the religious/ethical angle,” he said.

“People asked if it was responsible for women to take it. I thought that was sheer nonsense. Don’t women have the same right as men to a decent sex life? And yet you never hear anyone complain about Viagra.”

Source: De Pers: Orgasme-onderzoek in de PET-scanner
Photo by Reigh LeBlanc

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