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Running head: SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 1 Sexual Response Cycle Jodi Potts Baker College of Jackson Human Sexuality Theresa Cruz April 12, 2017
Running head: SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 2 Sexual Response Cycle Psychological processes and anatomical/physiological processes involved in each stage Gender Similarities Gender Differences Men Women Desire Psychological response to an emotion or thought that creates an awareness of wanting to have sex (King & Reagan, 2014) Psychological need to want to be close to their partner. (King & Reagan, 2014) Both can respond to an emotional need to have sex. (King & Reagan, 2014) Desire in women is not always to have sex but instead to have intimacy. For men it is more about thinking of sex and their bodies respond with the need to have sex. (King & Reagan, 2014) Excitement/Arousal Physical signs are an erection and nipple excitement. Psychological stimuli can also occur during this phase. (King & Reagan, 2014) Swelling of clitoris and vaginal walls with blood. Lubrication of the vagina. Labia minora moves apart and the vagina prepares for the penis. Nipples become erect and breast size may increase. (King & Reagan, 2014) Increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Both have nipple erection. (King & Reagan, 2014) A woman’s physical signs are not as noticeable as men’s. Arousal in women is less physical as it is for men as women require a more cognitive trigger.

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