Accession Number : AD1013961


Title :   Heart Rate Variability in Male Sexual Arousal and Erectile Dysfunction


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States


Personal Author(s) : Clark,Robert D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1013961.pdf


Report Date : 22 Jan 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 130


Abstract : The life-time prevalence of a male sexual dysfunction ranges from 31-52%. Autonomic nervous system (ANS) differences between men with and without erectiledysfunction (ED) may have clinical relevance to the treatment of ED. Parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) activation is necessary to produce erections. ED may be associated with reduced PNS activation, consequently limiting erection capacity. The purpose of this study was to compare the ANS responding of sexually functional and dysfunctional men. Potentially, differences could explain the development and maintenance of ED. Heterosexual men, ages 18-60 with and without psychogenic ED were monitored for tumescence and heart rate variability (HRV) in response to visually erotic video clips. PNS activity (hf-HRV) increased in both groups during erotic stimuli. However, ED participants did not have attenuated PNS increases as compared to functional participants. Anxiety did not moderate the relationship between sexual arousal and changes in hf-HRV. Additionally, PNS activation did not predict changes in tumescence. In this study, PNS activation for men with and without ED was similar and was not associated with other factors known to impact tumescence.


Descriptors :   AGING PHYSIOLOGY , MALES , AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM , PARASYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM , SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM , heart rate , physiological effects , SEX GLANDS , biology response , stimuli


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE