Sexy thoughts: Effects of sexual cognitions on testosterone, cortisol, and arousal in women

@article{Goldey2011SexyTE,
  title={Sexy thoughts: Effects of sexual cognitions on testosterone, cortisol, and arousal in women},
  author={Katherine L. Goldey and Sari M. van Anders},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={59},
  pages={754-764}
}
Previous research suggests that sexual stimuli increase testosterone (T) in women and shows inconsistent effects of sexual arousal on cortisol (C), but effects of cognitive aspects of arousal, rather than behaviors or sensory stimuli, are unclear. The present study examined whether sexual thoughts affect T or C and whether hormonal contraceptive (HC) use moderated this effect, given mixed findings of HC use confounding hormone responses. Participants (79 women) provided a baseline saliva sample… Expand
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