Sexual arousal may decrease natural disgust response

September 12, 2012

Sex can be messy, but most people don't seem to mind too much, and new results reported Sep. 12 in the open access journal PLOS ONE suggest that this phenomenon may result from sexual arousal actually dampening humans' natural disgust response.

The authors of the study, led by Charmaine Borg of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, asked female participants to complete various disgusting-seeming actions, like drinking from a cup with an insect in it or wiping their hands with a used tissue. (The participants were not aware of it, but the insect was made of plastic and the tissue was colored with ink to make it appear used.)

Sexually aroused subjects responded to the tasks with less disgust than subjects who were not sexually aroused, suggesting that the state of arousal has some effect on women's response.

Explore further: Sexual satisfaction in women increases with age

More information: Borg C, de Jong PJ (2012) Feelings of Disgust and Disgust-Induced Avoidance Weaken following Induced Sexual Arousal in Women. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44111.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044111

Related Stories

Sexual satisfaction in women increases with age

January 3, 2012

A new study of sexually active older women has found that sexual satisfaction in women increases with age and those not engaging in sex are satisfied with their sex lives. A majority of study participants report frequent ...

Recommended for you

Why smiles (and frowns) are contagious

February 11, 2016

Smile! It makes everyone in the room feel better because they, consciously or unconsciously, are smiling with you. Growing evidence shows that an instinct for facial mimicry allows us to empathize with and even experience ...

'Grit' adds little to prediction of academic achievement

February 11, 2016

Personality characteristics - especially conscientiousness - have previously been shown to have a significant but moderate influence on academic achievement. However, a new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology ...

4 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Eric_B
not rated yet Sep 12, 2012
heheh
Tausch
not rated yet Sep 12, 2012
Yes, but...
A script.
Attention is being directed elsewhere.
ThanderMAX
not rated yet Sep 13, 2012
Is it a research ?

It's well known fact, otherwise you won't go for cunniling/BJ
Cave_Man
not rated yet Sep 17, 2012
Apparently the logic behind "2 girls, 1 cup" has been revealed.

Gross but at least we have a small insight into women. Guys always want their girls to be dirty in the sack, it's probably some evolutionary thing where the couple needs to keep up appearances outside the bedroom and keeping that dirty secret bonds the couple together or something.

Still gross as all hell though (2girls 1cup, not women in general)

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.