The Sexual Response Cycle After reviewing the sexual response cycle in Psychology and the Challenges of Life I learned that the sexual response cycle is what the body naturally goes through during sexual intercourse. I also learned that there are four phases to the sexual response cycle. These four phases are the excitement phase, the plateau phase, the orgasmic phase, and the resolution phase. Men and women, since we have different sexual organs, have different reactions to each phase. We also have some reactions that are the same, that will be explained later. The excitement phase is the first of the four phases, and it is where all the foreplay happens. Kissing and fondling your partner gets them aroused and “excited” for the sex that follows. The commonalities for both men and women in the excitement phase are swelling of the genital tissues caused by the blood vessels swelling near the genital areas. Heart rate, muscle tension and blood pressure increases, and the nipples may become hard and erect. Men’s reactions to the excitement phase are the blood vessels in the penis swell enlarging the penis and results in an erection. The testes elevate and the skin on the scrotum tenses up and thickens. The testes also swell to nearly twice there normal size during the sexual response cycle. Women’s reactions to the excitement phase are swelling of the vaginal tissue, clitoris, and the area surrounding the opening of the vagina, including the vaginal lips. Vaginal lubrication or secretions will appear. The inner two-thirds of the vagina expand and the vaginal walls thicken and turn a deeper color. The plateau phase is the second phase of the sexual response cycle, and is where the couple becomes comfortable with the sexual interaction, both for their own pleasure as well as pleasuring each other. The commonalities of both men and women in the plateau phase are swelling increases due to more blood in the genital area, and heart rate, muscle tension, and blood pressure continue to increase. Men’s reaction to the plateau phase are the tip of the penis turns a deep reddish-purple, the testes become completely elevated, and droplets of semen may be releases from the opening at the end of the penis just before ejaculation. Women’s reactions to the plateau phase are the inner two-thirds of the vagina fully expand, the outer third of the vagina thickens, the clitoris retracts behind its hood, and the uterus elevates and increases in size. The orgasmic phase is the third phase of the sexual response cycle, and the name mostly gives this away. This is the phase where men and women actually have orgasms. I think that this is most people’s favorite phase of the sexual response cycle. During the orgasmic phase both men and women release sexual tension and produce intense feelings of pleasure, muscle spasms occur throughout the body, and heart rate and breathing rate reach a peak. Men’s reactions to the orgasmic phase are sensations of oncoming ejaculation lasting two to three seconds preceding the ejaculatory reflex, and orgasmic contractions propel semen through the penis and out of the body, often times into the vagina of the female partner. A woman’s reaction to the orgasmic phase is the muscles surrounding the vagina have contractions. The resolution phase is fourth phase of the sexual response cycle, and is more or less a resting break. For both men and women, if neither partner engages in anymore sexual stimulation muscle tension relaxes and blood vessel swelling decreases and the body will slowly return to the pre-aroused state. For men they have a refractory period in which they become physiologically incapable of achieving another orgasm or ejaculation for a period of time. For adolescent men this period of time can be a few minutes, but for men fifty years old and older this period of time may last hours or even an entire day, it all depends on the man himself. Unlike men, women do not have this…
As I ran toward cover, I could feel the .50 caliber bullets whizzing by at jet-fighter speeds and impacting everything behind me. Two seconds of frantic running and dodging later, I dove behind the concrete wall of the next building, joining my comrades. They were yelling at each other, talking about the war, how much ammo we still had, and whether or not anyone had any crackers. It was surprising how quickly the fight had escalated. Just a few minutes ago, we were having a nice time…
ways in which people experience and express themselves as sexual beings, including the identification as to whether they are male or female and the capacity they have for erotic experiences and responses.
But, in reality, are we, as the youth of our country, really receiving the proper education we deserve?
There have been numerous polls taken in Canada, the United States, the UK etc, about how parents feel towards their children’s sexual education but yet there is no discussion as to whether the…
u07d1 Female Sexual Dysfunctions and Female Menopause __ Cathi Puglisi
Sexual dysfunctions are characterized by interruptions in characteristic processes of the sexual response cycle or by pain accompanying sexual intercourse (APA, 2000). The sexual response cycle consists of four phases – desire, excitement, orgasm, and resolution (APA, 2000). When one or more of these are recurrently compromised, dysfunction ensues (APA, 2000; McCabe, 2009).
Female orgasmic disorder is commonly recognized…
subject to it, under the “cycle of violence” theory. Verbal, physiological, emotional, financial, physical, sexual, and spiritual abuse are, but not limited to, the types of abuse that can be carried out into later relationships by people who are victims or have witnessed and experienced abuse. It is important to understand that domestic violence can happen to any gender or race, and acknowledging symptoms and warning signs are the first steps to ending the cycle.
The cycle of violence typically…
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Applying the concept of persistency is usually a positive thing whether it pertains to a job, academics, or simply to get one’s attention. Although, there are times when persistency can lead to forms of harassment, as your outcome is not something you wanted. Specifically, sexual harassment can cause many problems to both the victim and the harasser. Often times the victim feels bothered with the feeling of no escape. On the other hand, the…
reproduction. Sexual and asexual reproductions are the two main types of reproduction. In asexual reproduction, an organism can reproduce without the involvement of another individual of its same species. Asexual reproduction is mostly limited to sing-celled organisms. On the contrary, sexual reproduction requires the fusion (combination) of two different individuals to form a gamete. This type of reproduction is mostly observed in multicellular organisms. Through evolution, sexual selection has…
Life cycle of moss
Haploid: each cell has only one single set of chromosomes
Gametophyte: produces an abundance of leafy plants which may be erect, simple or sparsely forked, and growing in tufts and producing archegonia at the stem tips or, alternatively, plants may be prostrate, freely branched, growing in intertangled mats, and producing archegonia laterally. (haploid)
Define the different generations
One generation is often very…
Masturbation — From Stigma to Sexual Health
A 15-year old girl asks, "Hi, I'm female, and I'm wondering how my sex is supposed to go about masturbating? I mean, it's easy enough for guys, but how do girls do it without seriously hurting ourselves."
A 16-year-old asks, "Is it okay to masturbate?"
Another 16-year-old asks, "Is it normal?"
A 17-year-old young man asks, "Is it OK for males?"
An 18-year-old asks, "It feels really nice, but is it bad for me?"
A 15-year-old also asks, "Is it bad?"…
Sexual Communication: Scholarly vs. Popular Media
Human Sexuality CHFD220
American Military University
This paper is to show two different views of sexual communication. The first view is through a scholarly journal article called Education, Communication and Wellbeing: An Application to Sexual Satisfaction by Helmut Rainer and Ian Smith. The second view is through popular media article found in Shape magazine called Want Better Sex? Speak Up! by…