NCBI ROFL: On the function of groaning and hyperventilation during sexual intercourse.

By ncbi rofl | February 11, 2011 7:00 pm

On the function of groaning and hyperventilation during sexual intercourse: intensification of sexual experience by altering brain metabolism through hypocapnia.

“Sexual arousal is accompanied by some typical physiological reaction patterns. Another typical feature of sexual intercourse is involuntary sound production implying in its more intense forms acceleration of breathing (hyperventilation). Up to now no study examined spCO2 during intense sexual intercourse, but there is evidence that some degree of hyperventilation with its physiological consequences may often be induced during sexual intercourse. This article discusses implications of hyperventilation during sexual intercourse for alterations of consciousness and subjective experience in the light of recent studies of brain metabolic changes during states of hyperventilation. Groaning and hyperventilation are interpreted in this context as a psychophysiological mechanism to deepen states of sexual trance.”

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  • Alex

    Do you have something to say about this? Or do you just get excited about articles that reference sexual intercourse?

  • cgauthier

    @1,

    Res ipsa loquitur.

    What do you want, a funny joke? A charming anecdote? I can only imagine a virgin would need extra commentary to understand this article.

    Or do you just get excited about articles that reference sexual intercourse?

    Sexual science is very interesting and often hilarious. I’m glad to be alerted to the occasional study that I would otherwise hear nothing about, ever.

  • Matt B.

    I can tell you, cgauthier, that even a virgin doesn’t need extra commentary. Perhaps Alex is extra-virgin, like that olive oil I buy.

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