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ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-4
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-5
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-6
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-7
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-8
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-9
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-10
FOOTNOTES
LOVE AND PAIN-1.1
LOVE AND PAIN-1.2
LOVE AND PAIN-1.3
LOVE AND PAIN-1.4
LOVE AND PAIN-1.5
LOVE AND PAIN-1.6
LOVE AND PAIN-2.1
LOVE AND PAIN-2.2
LOVE AND PAIN-2.3
LOVE AND PAIN-2.4
LOVE AND PAIN-3.1
LOVE AND PAIN-3.2
LOVE AND PAIN-3.3
LOVE AND PAIN-3.4
LOVE AND PAIN-4
LOVE AND PAIN-5.1
LOVE AND PAIN-5.2
LOVE AND PAIN-6.1
LOVE AND PAIN-6.2
LOVE AND PAIN-7
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.4
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.5
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.6
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-3
APPENDIX A-1
APPENDIX A-2-3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3-4-5-6-7
APPENDIX B HISTORY-8-9-10
APPENDIX B HISTORY-11-12
APPENDIX B HISTORY-13
APPENDIX B HISTORY-14-15
APPENDIX B HISTORY-16
APPENDIX B HISTORY-17
APPENDIX B HISTORY-18
APPENDIX B HISTORY-19
INDEX OF AUTHORS

The desire to urinate may possibly be, as has been said, the normal 

accompaniment of sexual excitement in women (just as it is said to be in 

mares; so that the Arabs judge that the mare is ready for the stallion 

when she urinates immediately on hearing him neigh). The association may 

even form the basis of sexual obsessions.[51] I have elsewhere shown that, 

of all the influences which increase the expulsive force of the bladder, 

sexual excitement is the most powerful.[52] It may also have a reverse 

influence and inhibit contraction of the bladder, sometimes in association 

with shyness, but also independently of shyness. There is also reason to 

suppose that the nervous energy expended in an explosion of the tension 

of the sexual organs may sometimes relieve the bladder; it is well 

recognized that a full bladder is a factor in producing sexual emissions 

during sleep, the explosive energy of the bladder being inhibited and 

passing over into the sexual sphere. Conversely, it appears that explosion 

of the bladder relieves sexual tension. An explosion of the nervous 

centers connected with the contraction of the bladder will relieve nervous 

tension generally; there are forms of epilepsy in which the act of 

urination constitutes the climax, and Gowers, in dealing with minor 

epilepsy, emphasizes the frequency of micturition, which "may occur with 

spasmodic energy when there is only the slightest general stiffness," 

especially in women. He adds the significant remark that it "sometimes 

seems to relieve the cerebral tension,"[53] and gives the case of a girl 

in whom the aura consisted mainly of a desire to urinate; if she could 

satisfy this the fit was arrested; if not she lost consciousness and a 

severe fit followed. 

 

If micturition may thus relieve nervous tension generally, it is not 

surprising that it should relieve the tension of the centers with which it 

is most intimately connected. Serieux records the case of a girl of 12, 

possessed by an impulse to masturbation which she was unable to control, 

although anxious to conquer it, who only found relief in the act of 

urination; this soothed her and to some extent satisfied the sexual 

excitement; when the impulse to masturbate was restrained the impulse to 

urinate became imperative; she would rise four or five times in the night 

for this purpose, and even urinate in bed or in her clothes to obtain the 

desired sexual relief.[54] I am acquainted with a lady who had a similar, 

but less intense, experience during childhood. Sometimes, especially in 

children, the act of urination becomes an act of gratification at the 

climax of sexual pleasure, the imitative symbol of detumescence. Thus 

Schultze-Malkowsky describes a little girl of 7 who would bribe her girl 

companions with little presents to play the part of horses on all fours 

while she would ride on their necks with naked thighs in order to obtain 

the pleasurable sensation of close contact. With one special friend she 

would ride facing backward, and leaning forward to embrace her body 

impulsively, and at the same time pressing the neck closely between her 

thighs, would urinate.[55] Fere has recorded the interesting case of a man 

who, having all his life after puberty been subject to monthly attacks of 

sexual excitement, after the age of 45 completely lost the liability to 

these manifestations, but found himself subject, in place of them, to 

monthly attacks of frequent and copious urination, accompanied by sexual 

day-dreams, but by no genital excitement.[56] Such a case admirably 

illustrates the compensatory relation of sexual and vesical excitation. 

This mutual interaction is easily comprehensible when we recall the very 

close nervous connection which exists between the mechanisms of the sexual 

organs and the bladder. 

 

Nor are such relationships found to be confined to these two centers; in a 

lesser degree the more remote explosive centers are also affected; all 


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