We hear it all the time - sex has lost it's sizzle. In fact, loss of sexual desire has reached reached epidemic proportions in this country. That's why Mary and I recently sponsored a symposium inviting health editors of leading consumer publications to hear the latest findings released by internationally recognized sexual health, wellness and relationship experts. Their cutting-edge research revealed some interesting reasons why Americans are experiencing, what Dr.Mehmet Oz has identified as a “sexual famine”.
Dr. Susan Kellogg, internationally recognized sex and wellness authority, explored the neurochemistry behind sexual response. According to Kellogg, new experiences in which we engage in with partners (including activities that may be new or induce excitement or a sense of quasi-danger) can help to activate chemicals in the brain….notably dopamine and norepineprine. The result is that couples feel more romantically exhilarated. Another chemical..oxytocin…generally released upon sexual stimulation and orgasm….can heighten romantic and sexual response, too.
In the most recent national sex study published released in September, the truth about women and orgasms was revealed. Men’s perceptions of women reaching orgasm did not match reality. Women were having fewer orgasms than men imagined.