Sexual Response - Running head THE SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 1 The Sexual Response Cycle Cathy Bandelow PSY 210 Jennifer Graves THE SEXUAL RESPONSE

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Running head: THE SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 1 The Sexual Response Cycle Cathy Bandelow PSY 210 April 10, 2011 Jennifer Graves
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2 The Sexual Response Cycle Sexual activity is commonplace in today’s world and is enjoyed by many. A majority of individuals are unaware of the psychological occurrences when engaging in sex. The sexual response cycle is also known as the cycle of sex. “The sexual response cycle refers to the sequence of physical and emotional changes that occur as a person becomes sexually aroused and participates in sexually stimulating activities, including intercourse and masturbation” (WebMD,. 2010. pg 1, para, 1). The sexual response cycle consists of four phases. The phases an individual experiences in the sexual response cycle are excitement, plateau, orgasmic, and resolution. Females and males may experience each phase differently in intensity and length. The initial phase is the excitement phase. The phase of excitement is distinguished by myotonia and vasocongestion. During sexual arousal, muscle tension increases and this is known as myotonia (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). The engorging of blood vessels with blood is known as vasocongestion (Nevid & Rathus, 2005). This increase of blood flow during arousal causes the genitals of both females and males to swell. A female’s breasts also swell during vasocongestion. The body changes a man and a woman differs during the excitement phase. A woman’s vagina will begin to lubricate. The lubrication of the vagina allows the penis to enter more easily. A woman’s clitoris and labia begin to swell. A woman’s and man’s nipples will become erect, hard, and increase in sensitivity. A man’s penis typically becomes enlarged and hard. The scrotum becomes tighter, also may enlarge, and become thicker. The excitement phase causes
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Sexual Response - Running head THE SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 1 The Sexual Response Cycle Cathy Bandelow PSY 210 Jennifer Graves THE SEXUAL RESPONSE

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