The Physiology of Female Sexual Function and the Pathophysiology of Female Sexual Dysfunction (Committee 13A)

Levin, R. J., Both, S., Georgiadis, J., Kukkonen, T., Park, K. & Yang, C. C., May-2016, In : Journal of Sexual Medicine. 13, 5, p. 733-759 27 p.

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Introduction: The article consists of six sections written by separate authors that review female genital anatomy, the physiology of female sexual function, and the pathophysiology of female sexual dysfunction but excluding hormonal aspects.

Aim: To review the physiology of female sexual function and the pathophysiology of female sexual dysfunction especially since 2010 and to make specific recommendations according to the Oxford Centre for evidence based medicine (2009) "levels of evidence" wherever relevant.

Conclusion: Recommendations were made for particular studies to be undertaken especially in controversial aspects in all six sections of the reviewed topics. Despite numerous laboratory assessments of female sexual function, genital assessments alone appear insufficient to characterise fully the complete sexual response. Copyright (C) 2016, International Society for Sexual Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-759
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Sexual Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May-2016


  • Genital Anatomy, Physiology of Arousal and Orgasm, Brain Imaging, Psychological Function and Dysfunction, Laboratory Assessments of Sexual Function and Dysfunction, Pathophysiology of Sexual Function, VAGINAL BLOOD-FLOW, GENITAL AROUSAL DISORDER, SPINAL-CORD-INJURY, BRAIN-ACTIVATION PATTERNS, CLITORALLY-INDUCED ORGASM, URINARY-TRACT SYMPTOMS, SELF-FOCUSED ATTENTION, G-SPOT COMPLEX, HEALTHY WOMEN, PREMENOPAUSAL WOMEN

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