Essay on Sexual Response

952 Words Jun 1st, 2012 4 Pages
The Sexual Response Cycle
What is sexual response? It is described as the physical and emotional changes that occur in the body as men and women get sexually aroused during sexual activities such as intercourse and masturbation.
The sexual response is characterized by vasocongestion and myotonia. Vasocongestion is the swelling of the genitals with blood. It causes the penis to erect and the area surrounding the vagina to swell. Myotonia is muscle tension. It causes facial grimaces, spasms in the hands and feet, and spasms of orgasms.
The sexual response cycle has four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. Both men and women experience these phases, although the timing usually is different. Men and women do not usually
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In women, the outer part of the vagina swells, which make the vagina contracts. The contractions are preparing the vagina for grasping the penis. The inner part of the vagina expands more than it did in the excitement phase, and the clitoris withdraws behind clitoral wall and shortens. This is done for protection of the clitoris because during the plateau phase, the clitoris can become very sensitive to the touch, at times painful. For both men and women, breathing becomes rapid, the heart rate increases and blood pressure continues to rise.
The orgasmic phase is the third stage of the sexual response. In the male, it consists of two stages of muscular contractions. During the first stage, semen collects at the base of the penis. During the second stage, muscular contractions force ejaculation or semen out of the body. The strength of the contractions and the amount of semen ejaculated is related to the amount of sensation and pleasure. The first three to four contractions are usually the most intense and another two to four contractions follow at a slower pace. Rates and patterns vary from man to man.
In women, the orgasmic phase consists of three to fifteen contractions of the pelvic muscles that surround the vaginal barrel and the uterus has rhythmic contractions. The contractions occur at 0.8 second intervals. In both men and women, there is a sudden, forceful release

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