How is the neurotransmitter dopamine linked to sexual function?

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Ian Kerner, PhD
Sexual Health
For optimal sexual function you need the right levels of a neurotransmitter (the chemical messengers your nervous system relies on to regulate various bodily functions) called dopamine. You know that giddy, walking-on-air feeling you get when you’re falling in love or just landed your dream job? That’s dopamine. Your body also releases this feel-good chemical when you’re aroused, having sex, or masturbating. From an evolutionary standpoint; dopamine is kind of like your reward for trying to reproduce. The high you get from dopamine is downright addictive. No wonder, when you consider that drugs like alcohol and cocaine also spark your body’s release of this neurotransmitter.

Addiction isn’t the only situation when too much of a good thing isn’t so wonderful. High levels of dopamine can decrease the ejaculatory threshold, triggering ejaculation.
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