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Module 36: Sexual Motivation and the Need to Belong The Physiology of Sex The Sexual Response Cycle: the four stages of sexual responding described by Masters and Johnson—excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. 1. Excitement: genital areas become engorged with blood 2. Plateau: excitement peaks as breathing, pulse, and blood pressure rates continue to rise 3. Orgasm: muscle contractions all over the body, accompanied by further increases in what happens in plateau 4. Resolution: return to unaroused state as engorged genital blood vessels release their accumulated blood—relatively quickly if orgasm has occurred, relatively slowly otherwise. - male enters refractory period (a resting period after orgasm, during which a man can’t achieve another orgasm – a few mins to a day or more) - female’s is shorter enabling another orgasm if restimulated during or soon after resolution Sexual disorders: a problem that consistently impairs sexual arousal or function. In men, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction (inability to have or maintain an
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