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The Sexual Response Cycle Kristin Allen Axia College
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While the act of sexual intercourse is one of the most natural and basic human activities, most people never stop to think about the mechanics involved when the act of sex in going on. Masters and Johnson, (pioneers in the research of human sexual response) developed the sexual response cycle as a mean to describe what happens when a person becomes sexually aroused and takes part in sexually stimulating activities. Knowing exactly how the body reacts during the period of arousal can help heighten a relationship and also can pinpoint any occurrences of sexual dysfunction. The sexual response cycle in made of four phases that occurs in both men and women: excitement, plateau, orgasmic, and resolution. The response cycle in also characterized by what is known as vasocongestion and myotonia. That this translates to is the increase of blood flow to genital areas and muscles contractions. These phases are however a very general outline of what occurs during arousal. There is a lot of variation among individuals as well as variations in what cause different people to be aroused. Also the intensity and length of time spent in each phase of the response cycle varies from person to person. The understanding of a partner’s personal response to arousal can greatly heighten the sexual experience. The first stage of the response cycle is the excitement phase. This phase can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on the individual. During the excitement phase, vasocongestion occurs in males causing them to have an erection. Blood flow increases in the penis and it then becomes rigid. The male’s scrotum thickens and sags less. This can occur within mere seconds of initial sexual stimulation. In females however, there is more going on
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during the excitement phase. Vein patterns in the breast become more visible as blood flow the
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