Patterns of female sexual arousal during sleep and waking: Vaginal thermo-conductance studies

  title={Patterns of female sexual arousal during sleep and waking: Vaginal thermo-conductance studies},
  author={C Fisher and Harvey D. Cohen and Raul C. Schiavi and David M. Davis and BT Furman and K. D. Ward and Adele Edwards and John Cunningham},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
The main objective of this investigation was to ascertain whether there are, in the female, periods of sexual excitation or arousal during REM sleep similar to the cycle of penile erections in the male. In a group of 10 subjects, 21–35, utilizing a thermoconductance method that gives a measure of vaginal blood flow (VBF), we are able to confirm that females manifest cyclic episodes of vascular engorgement during REMPs equivalent to erections in men. They occur with equal frequency (95% of REMPs… 

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