Study: Between pleasure and pain

Between pleasure and pain: a pilot study on the biological mechanisms associated with BDSM interactions in dominants and submissives

This research is the first study of some of the biological mechanisms of BDSM. It was conducted by the University of Antwerp in collaboration with Club 78, a BDSM club in Belgium. The paper will be published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (Congrats, U of Antwerp!)

The aim of the study was to shed light upon the rewarding biological mechanisms associated with BDSM interactions.” … “we investigated how BDSM interactions affect blood-based biomarkers for stress (cortisol), pleasure (beta-endorphin, endocannabinoids AEA and 2-AG), sexuality (estrogen, testosterone) and attachment (oxytocin) in Dominants and submissives. “

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