Hormonal Changes and Couple Bonding in Consensual Sadomasochistic Activity

  title={Hormonal Changes and Couple Bonding in Consensual Sadomasochistic Activity},
  author={Brad J. Sagarin and Bert Cutler and Nadine Cutler and Kimberly A. Lawler-Sagarin and Leslie Matuszewich},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
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