Clinical Neuroscience

[Sexological problems in neurological disorders: neurosexology]


OCTOBER 20, 2009

Clinical Neuroscience - 2009;62(09-10)

[The author has examined this complex subject-matter as he has not found any publications dealing with the interconnection between neurology and sexuality in the Hungarian literature available to him. Healthy sexual behavior determines the individual’s quality of life. This, however requires a coordinated, complex functioning bound to very complex structures and their unimpaired functions: peripheral receptor→ peripheral nerve→radix→spinal cord→ definite, functionally interrelated structures of the brain (prae-optic areas, hypothalamus, amygdala, limbic system and the cerebral cortex, mainly the orbitofrontal area). The functioning of these structures and the healthy sexuality are also influenced by steroid hormones, neurochemical regulations, neurotransmitters, the monoamin system, opioids, GABA, neuroendocrine hormones (oxytocin, prolactin, gonadotrop realising hormone). The author deals in detail with the impairment for some reason of neurological structures participating in sexuality, which may lead to sexual dysfunctions. ]



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