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Sexual Response Cycle 1 The Sexual Response Cycle Neil Robinson Axia College of University of Phoenix Introduction to Psychology: Why We Do What We Do Ratonya Bennett
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Sexual Response Cycle 2 Sex seems to be the one three letter word that has such a huge impact on life. Sex is an act, an experience, and notion that has so many different views around the world on what is normal and what is deviant. However, no matter where the people are, who the people are, or what gender those people are, they all experience the same cycles during sexual encounters (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). This cycle is called sexual response cycle which consist of four stages or cycles (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). The four stages are excitement phase, plateau phase, orgasmic phase, and resolution stage (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). These stages may be hindered by a sexual dysfunction, and cause a person not to be able to start or complete the sexual response cycle. Excitement Phase The excitement phase is characterized by vasocongestion (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). Vasocongestion is the swelling of the genital tissue in the penis and around the vaginal with blood, also swelling occurs in the nipples and earlobes (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). Vasocongestion can occur in young males as soon as three to eight seconds from the time sexual stimulation first occurs. In females this time may start after ten to thirty seconds after stimulation occurs (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). The skin will also become flush, which is more predominant in women than in men. Both men and women may experience erect nipples and an increase in heart rate and blood pressure (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). Plateau Phase In the plateau phase of sexual response cycle, the arousal remains constant and somewhat stable (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). During this phase, males’ penis head will turn a purplish hue and show somewhat of an increase in circumference (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). His testes may increase
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