When stressed, both men and women release adrenaline and cortisol in similar amount. Both sexes also release oxytocin – the love hormone – but in different amounts. Men release less oxytocin in reaction to a stressor than women and experts hypothesize that this makes them stay a little more revved up and, therefore, more likely to seek an active escape. Still, serious stress can still impede bedroom activities for men as well. Crow says she sees men as young as 20 who have trouble getting an erection or being interested in sex as a result of extreme stress.
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