Pharmacology of Sexual Function

  • Andreas Meissner
  • Martin C. Michel
Part of the Springer Specialist Surgery Series book series (SPECIALIST)


Human sexual function involves a complex interaction between the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral organs. The CNS receives and integrates tactile, olfactory, auditory, visual, and mental stimuli to regulate various domains of sexual function. This chapter will focus on three aspects of sexual function, that is, sexual desire/arousal and, in males, erection and ejaculation. While the manipulation of desire by definition requires drug effects on central nervous function, disorders of erection and ejaculation can potentially be addressed by both centrally and peripherally acting drugs. Our emphasis will be on drug mechanisms, which already are available clinically and/or are currently in clinical development. Potential issues related to ovulation and spermatogenesis will not be discussed.


Erectile Dysfunction Sexual Function Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Desire Sexual Arousal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Meissner
    • 1
  • Martin C. Michel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Urology, Academic Medical CenterUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapy, Academic Medical CenterUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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