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Clin Psychol Rev. 2001 Aug;21(6):823-56.

The nature of human orgasm: a critical review of major trends.

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Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Qu├ębec, Canada.


This critical review presents a synthesis of the available theoretical and empirical literatures on human orgasm. Findings from both normal and clinical human populations are included. Two major trends in the literature, the dichotomization of biological and psychological perspectives and the assumption of gender differences, are highlighted. A new multidimensional model of the psychological experience of orgasm is described with a view to futhering a biopsychological approach applicable to both sexes. Clinical applications of this new model are discussed.

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