Saturday, October 14, 2006

Women Get Horny Just As Quickly As Men Do

Research from McGill University shows that women become sexually aroused just as quickly as men do. The discovery, to be published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine next January, not only shatters an age-old myth, but will likely help diagnose and treat women with sexual dysfunction.

Unlike previous sexual arousal experiments, the researchers forewent distracting and invasive genital probes in favor of thermal imaging (heat-sensitive) cameras that use the same technology as military night-vision goggles (a la Silence Of The Lambs). "Compared to previous techniques involving invasive measures or electrodes, this is minimally invasive and the same measurements are used for men and women, which makes it very interesting that the data ended up being the same," says psychology professor Dr. Irv Binik, founder and director of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University Health Centre.

As the subjects watched an array of movie clips - comprised of everything from The Best Of Mr. Bean to gender specific sexually explicit Kinsey Institute blue movies - Binik trained his thermal cameras on their genitals. Binik found that both men and women became aroused within 30 seconds of watching a clip (not Mr. Bean, one would presume), and reached maximum arousal after approximately 10 minutes. "Comparing sexual arousal between men and women, we see that there is no difference in the amount of time it takes healthy young men and women to reach peak arousal," said Dr. Binik.

Now that a crucial aspect of female sexuality has emerged from the dark, so to speak, Binik and his co-researcher, Tuuli Kukkonen, are predicting big things from the results. "This will help diagnose and treat sexual dysfunction in women, such as female sexual arousal disorder, which is poorly understood," Kukkonen said.

Source: McGill University

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