Physiopharmacology of women's sexual pleasure response

Dr Srilatha Balasubramanian

Woman’s sexual pleasure response is a neurobiological sensation that results from an end-organ trigger during physical intimacy. It is characterized by inputs from the cerebral cortex and limbic system to the structures in the external genitalia (clitoris, labia, vagina), with coordinated responses from the neurovascular and endocrine systems.
The autonomic trigger results in contractions of the pelvic floor muscles around the clitoris, urethra and vaginal introitus. Additional involuntary contractions / sensations may spread to other regions leading to a generalized sensation of intense pleasure and euphoria. 




Recorded in September 2013 at the 21st WAS Congress for Sexual Health
‘Sexual Issues Straight from the Heart,’ Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The World Association for Sexual Health

Srilatha Balasubramanian
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Dr Srilatha Balasubramanian

Dr B Srilatha MD, PhD, Diplomate (ABS, USA) Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Hospital, National University of Singapore. Dr B Srilatha has a PhD in Sexual Medicine from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a post-graduate medical degree (MD) from Madras University (India). She is a certified Clinical Sexologist by the American Board of Sexology, USA. 

Based in Singapore, she works on the clinical and basic aspects of female and male sexual disorders at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

Dr B Srilatha is an active member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), representing the Communications Committee; Deputy Treasurer and Member of Executive and Scientific & Research Committees of the Asia Pacific Society for Sexual Medicine (APSSM). 

Dr B Srilatha is the Co-Editor of ISSM News Bulletin and Member, Publications Committee for the APSSM News Bulletin. Her breakthrough discovery on the role of hydrogen sulphide in the area of sexual medicine led to two prestigious international awards: Emil Tanagho Prize for Best Innovative Research at the 12th World Congress of Sexual Medicine in Cairo, Egypt (2006) and the Best of Top 10 Basic Science Papers Prize at the Annual Meeting of Sexual Medicine Society for North America, Las Vegas, USA (2011). 

Currently, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the Official Journal of ISSM. She actively participates in the biennial meetings of both ISSM and APSSM and has a number of publications in leading international referenced journals. 

She is the Assistant Secretary-General of Asia-Oceania Federation for Sexology (AOFS) and the Vice-President of Singapore’s Society for the Study of Andrology and Sexology (SSASS).

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