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Fri Mar 27 00:30:49 SAST 2015

Women get less easily disgusted when sexually aroused

Times LIVE | 10 October, 2012 11:20

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Researchers have found that sexual arousal reduces disgust responses in women.

The research, published in the free online journal PloS One, found that women who are sexually aroused tend to feel less disgusted by certain acts than when they aren’t.

The study was inspired by a question of how sex could be so enjoyable, when you consider that, to quote the studies abstract; “Saliva, sweat, semen and body odours are among the strongest disgust elicitors.”

“One possible explanation could be that sexual engagement temporarily reduces the disgust eliciting properties of particular stimuli or that sexual engagement might weaken the hesitation to actually approach these stimuli.”

The researchers advertised for subjects in their university, making sure that their subjects were all roughly similar. The women were then into three groups.

One group was shown videos intended to be sexually arousing, another a set of videos intended to simply be positive in general and the third were shown movies that were neutral.

The participants were then assigned sixteen tasks, some sexual (like lubricating a vibrator), and some non-sexual (like drinking from a cup with a bug in it.)

The sexually aroused group were less easily disgusted by either set of tasks than either other group, and were more likely to perform them.

“Hence, this could explain how we still manage to engage in pleasurable sexual activity. Moreover, these findings suggest that low sexual arousal might be a key feature in the maintenance of particular sexual dysfunctions,” the researchers said.


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