6. Hormonal Regulation of Male Sexual Desire: The Role of Testosterone, Estrogen, Prolactin, Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Others

  1. Mario Maggi
  1. Antonio R. Granata,
  2. Valeria Pugni,
  3. Vincenzo Rochira,
  4. Lucia Zirilli and
  5. Cesare Carani

Published Online: 29 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119963820.ch6

Hormonal Therapy for Male Sexual Dysfunction

Hormonal Therapy for Male Sexual Dysfunction

How to Cite

Granata, A. R., Pugni, V., Rochira, V., Zirilli, L. and Carani, C. (2011) Hormonal Regulation of Male Sexual Desire: The Role of Testosterone, Estrogen, Prolactin, Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Others, in Hormonal Therapy for Male Sexual Dysfunction (ed M. Maggi), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119963820.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Sexual Medicine & Andrology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

Author Information

  1. Endocrinology Unit, Integrated Department of Medicine, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Geriatrics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Baggiovara (Modena), Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657607

Online ISBN: 9781119963820

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Keywords:

  • Sex steroids;
  • testosterone;
  • androgens;
  • estrogens;
  • sexual desire;
  • arousal;
  • sexual behavior

Summary

Sexual behavior in men is mainly controlled by cognitive functions; however some aspects of male sexuality are modulated by hormones, particularly sex steroids. This chapter focuses on the role of both estrogens and androgens on male sexual desire analyzing studies on humans and animals. Testosterone is the major determinant of human male sexual behavior, but physiological levels of estrogens could be probably required for a completely normal male sexual behavior.