Scientists have found male erections are triggered and sustained by the nitric oxide. Interestingly, low levels of nitric oxide in the body are related to anxiety and depression, and can interfere with the production of dopamine and other feel-good hormones. But what about women? What happens when we get aroused?
Contrary to popular belief, women do get aroused—quite possibly as frequently as men do. Unfortunately, due to societal expectations and early conditioning, female arousal is consistently ignored, repressed and even discouraged in women. Our mind-body connection is broken. In effect, we believe that many women have created a sort of Pavlovian response to arousal when it happens--unconsciously blocking the luxurious, blissful sensation of arousal with harmful negativity instead—like a sharp, knee-jerk reproach—just for having a healthy, sexual feeling. This negativity is very detrimental to the psyche, and can result in lingering feelings of shame, anger, and sadness along with a missed opportunity to experience therapeutic releases of dopamine, oxytocin, and other feel-good chemicals, all throughout the day.
Our theory is that arousal—with or without engaging in sexual activity—is an important part of the human experience, and without embracing it as a part of our daily lives, we suffer as a result. By simply becoming more mindful of our own arousal, we can prepare our bodies and minds for wanting more sex with our partners, while also elevating our moods, enhancing our energy levels, increasing our confidence and mental and physical energy, and live healthier, more fulfilling lives.