Women%20and%20Sexuality%2011-9-100

Women%20and%20Sexuality%2011-9-100 - P SY 239: The...

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PSY 239: The Psychology of Women Women and Sexuality Why discuss women and sexuality? Most research on men - Viagra Many not informed/misinformed – parents, sex ed classes, media Brief Outline Female sexual anatomy Sexual response Sexual attitudes and behaviors Female sexual difficulties Birth Control Sexual Anatomy External: vulva (i.e., labia, clitoris, vaginal opening) Internal: vagina, uterus, ovaries Masters and Johnson (1966) Direct observation of sexual behavior Human Sexual Response (1966) Human Sexual Inadequacy (1970) Homosexuality in Perspective (1979)
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Stages of Sexual Response Physiological changes in response to sexual arousal -Excitement -Plateau -Orgasm -Resolution Desire -Separate from genital changes - Mental orientation to sex Excitement Two Primary Responses Vasocongestion Myotonia For women: - Vasocongestion - clitoris - labia - vagina - nipples - Myotonia - Minutes to hours - - Sex flush more common
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For men: Vasocongestion - penis (erection) - testes Myotonia - testes elevate - scrotum thickens, tightens Sex flush less common Plateau For women: Increases in BP, HR, R Glans retracts Labia minora darkens Bartholin’s secretion Orgasmic platform develops Seconds to minutes For men: Increases in BP, HR, R Cowper’s secretion Testes fully engorged and elevated Prostate enlarge Often quite quick – most always experience orgasm
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Orgasm For women: Contractions of platform 3-10 ; .8 sec then slower Toe curling Shortest phase For men: Usually with ejaculation Emission phase: fluid collects in the urethral bulb - point of no return Expulsion phase: semen expelled 3-8; .8 sec then slower
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