Suggestive research: Sex and pain

staats_pe.jpgSexual fantasies increase pain tolerance

Bringing to mind a favorite sexual fantasy may be a good way to lessen pain, according to a recent study of college students by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Wisconsin.

The work, which tests the authors’ theory about the relationship between pain and mood, could produce simple, cost-free ways to lessen pain in a variety of situations, says anesthesiologist Peter S. Staats, M.D., who led the study. “It also suggests changes in the way physicians should approach patients experiencing pain,” Staats says.

So says a December 16, 1999 press release from Johns Hopkins University. So far as we are aware, Dr. Staats had not published a formal study about this discovery.

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