Longterm Couples Can Enhance Their Sexuality By Discussing It More

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It’s often said that communication is a vital aspect of successful longterm relationships, and a new study supports this idea.

Researchers at MedUni Vienna found the sexual response of men was enhanced when their partners were treated with the human-bonding hormone oxytocin, or a placebo. Since the sexual enhancement, including better erectile function, was not owed to the administered substances, the researchers attribute it to improved communications within the relationship.

In an earlier study, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility the investigators discovered that treating sexual dysfunction in women with oxytocin improved their sexual response. However, the control group that received a placebo showed nearly equal improvements. These results stirred the researchers’ curiosity about the response of the women’s male partners.

The current trial involved 30 couples, ages 41 to 65 who had been together between two and 33 years. The study data revealed both partners enjoyed sexual enhancement whether the female was given oxytocin, or a placebo—the results were equal for both substances. This suggests the real medicine was increased communication generated by being part of the study.

“The mere fact that the couple discussed sexuality more in their relationship and that they had to keep a joint diary helped to enhance their sexual response,” said lead researcher Michaela Bayerle-Eder. “This is of major importance for all sex therapists. It is not just the medication that helps but rather, and more importantly, the functional social interaction within a relationship.”

Source: AlphaGalileo / Medical University of Vienna
Photo credit: Jean-Francois Renaud


 
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