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20 December 2006

The Science of Orgasm

To most people, orgasms are something to be experienced intensely and often--not an object of scientific study. But Neuroscientist Barry R. Komisaruk, Endocrinologist Carlos Beyer-Flores, and nurse specialising in sexuality Beverly Whipple, wanted to look into the subject much more deeply.

Authors Komisaruk and Whipple had previously published a study titled "Functional MRI of the Brain During Orgasm in Women". In that study, the authors first discuss various peripheral stimuli inducing orgasm in men and women. Then they discuss the amazing phenomenon of women with complete spinal cord interruption who are able to achieve orgasm through digital vaginal/cervical stimulation! The orgasmic activity is demonstrated in the brain by fMRI.

Their more recent book is obviously much more comprehensive, and is receiving some extremely favourable reviews from many quarters.

"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."— New Scientist

"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."— Psychology Today

"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."— Publishers Weekly

"Of the many aspects of our sexuality, the unique experience of orgasm remains the most mysterious. This intriguing book sheds light on that mystery and reveals what is known and unknown about the orgasmic process. Anyone with an interest in sexuality should own this book."—John Bancroft, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction

"Destined to be a classic in human sexuality. A comprehensive guide to one of life's greatest pleasures. A must read!"—Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., Columbia University, author of What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex

"Orgasms are electrifying and mysterious. Why do orgasms feel so good? What inhibits them? Do men's and women's orgasms differ? How many kinds are there? Does aging affect orgasm? I was delighted to find the answers to these and many more questions in this engaging book. An intriguing read—that just might improve your health and change your life."—Helen Fisher, Ph.D., author of Why We Love

"As someone who has long cared about sexual health, I found this book to be of immense value. Well-written and enjoyable to read, this book lays out the bases for orgasm disorders, sexual problems, the effects of specific illnesses on orgasm, and how drugs and hormones affect the orgasmic process. With refreshing insights into what makes sexuality a healthy and pleasurable life process, this book belongs in the hands of anyone who wants to know more about this integral part of sexual health."—David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States

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


Such thorough analyses of the sexual orgasm are necessary in order to devise ways of helping the many people who suffer from various types of sexual dysfunction, and--PC Alert!--perversion (pedophilia, necrophilia etc.).

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