Women's vaginal responses during rem sleep

Gene G. Abel, William D. Murphy, Judith V. Becker, Adib Bitar

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Eight female subjects underwent vaginal photoplethysmographic recordings while asleep. Results demonstrated consistent findings of decreases in relative blood volume and increases in relative pulse pressure within the vagina during REM periods. These vascular changes indicate that females undergo phasic shifts in vascular blood flow in the vagina during REM sleep, similar to the phasic shifts of blood flow in the male's penis during REM sleep.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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