Sexual Arousal Issues? It Could Be your Heart Rate

Sexual Arousal tied to Heart Beat

If you’re a women and you have issues with sexual arousal, it could mean that you have low HRV.

HRV, or heart rate variability, is the variation of time between heartbeats. People with very little time variation between heart beats are considered to have low HRV, if the opposite is true, they would have high HRV.

In a recent study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin, 72 women aged 18 to 39 were hooked up to an electrocardiogram machine and were asked to watch both neutral and erotic film clips.

Scientists then measured the women’s heart rates to determine if the women had low, average or high HRV.

The researchers then compared the HRV outcomes to the results of a questionnaire that was used to determine the participants’ level of  and overall sexual function.

The researchers discovered that the lower a woman’s HRV, the more likely that that her sexual function score fell into “the dysfunctional range”.

Not only did a lower HRV affect sexual arousal, it was also a good indicator of sexual dysfunction in general.

“Given that low resting heart rate variability has been associated with depression, anxiety and alcohol dependence, it is not surprising that it may also predict female sexual dysfunction,” said Amelia Stanton, lead researcher of the study.

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