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Are men and women hard-wired differently when it comes to arousal and sex?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

It's interesting to look at the gender-based evolutionary functions of sex. Thousands of years ago, the woman felt that it was her job to grow the species and raise the children, so she needed someone who could protect the family. Her body responded better to intimacy (she could provide that intimacy through which men could help her reach orgasm). A man had different intentions. When he saw a bunch of marauders marching through the camp, he would get aroused by the threat to his family and mate - a signal that his sperm needed to beat out other men's sperm. So a man responds sexually to anxiety, risk, and excitement, in contrast to a woman's desire for intimacy.

That hard-wiring difference is one way to explain the different ways that men and women feel aroused - and it's the basis for helping you figure out how to better mesh the sexual preferences and differences in your own relationships so that you don't only go through the motions when it comes to sex, but also experience the emotions.

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