Exam 3 Review
: drug/agent that is sex arousing or increases sex desire.
burst of nutrition/energy
Ex = Spanish fly (crushed dried beetles that contain lactone called cantharidin.
It burns, among other
Some aphrodisiacs contain
(treats nausa, motion sickness, certain ophthalimic purposes) and
belladonna, mandrake, gimson weed, cocaine.
They block ACT receptors, produce sedative
Dopamine vs. Serotonin
the craving neurochemical which stimulates the brains pleasure center.
Dopamine = desire.
Prolactine = satisfaction.
the “well-being” neurotransmitter.
Low levels = anger/depression, OCD.
High levels = inhibit sexual desire and orgasim.
reduces inhibitions, CNS depressant, whisky dick, reduces testosterone.
stimulant, typical anesthetic, increase arousal, increases erections/organisms better/easier (but too much
makes these impossible).
Entheogenic – increases empathy and closenessness, gives illusion of intimacy.
Increase sex desire,
Mixed effects on individual.
May have typical SSRIs effects on performance (low sex drive
(Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors): decrease libido, inhibit orgasm.
Ex = Prozac, Zoloft, etc.
may increase sensory awareness, but can be unpredictable. Ex = LSD.
Stimulates dopamine pathways, but may reduce testosterone, testicle size, and libido.
Euphoria, relaxation, sex arousal, heightened sensations and sociability, and can become a
Yohimbine (the OTC Aphrodisiac):
derived from an African tree, produces vasadilation by inhibition; may
have psychological effects on sex arousal.
Suppresses SNS in corpora cavernosa which relaxes it and inc blood flow.
stimulates sex activity
can lead to addiction, depression, death.
Japanese Art of Sex: