The Sexual Response Cycles - The Sexual Response Cycles...

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The Sexual Response Cycles Artina Houston April 3, 2011 Psy/210 Donna Volk
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This cycle has four phases and each one indicates the response that is occurring in the body during sexual stimulation. The sexual response cycle involves both myotonia and vasocongestion (Nevid and Rathus, 2005). Vasocongestion is swelling with blood of the genital tissues. Myotonia is the muscle tension throughout the body. This muscle tension shows in facial grimaces, hand and feet spasms and, finally, orgasmic spasms (Nevid and Rathus, 2005). The four distinct phases that occur in the sexual response cycle are excitement, plateau, orgasmic and resolution. The excitement phase is characterized by body stimulation. This stimulation shows in both men and women as increased breathing. Women also experience nipple erection and men experience penal erection, but both sexes experience increased breathing accompanied by rapid heart rate. In women, the vagina swells with blood and moistens. The clitoris is aroused and swells, which make the woman’s breasts, harden and the vagina expands. The male also shows excitement during this phase. In the plateau phase, the process continues in both men and women with distinct demonstration of physical changes. Breathing becomes heavier and heart rates increase dramatically. The increased heart rates are correlated with higher blood pressure in both sexes. Both sexes experience some differences in both the excitement and plateau phases of the sexual response cycle. The male penis thickens as the erection progresses. Sperm begins to build up in the testicles in readiness for the ejaculation during orgasm in men. In the woman, the outer lining of the vagina swells and
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lubricates to accept the penis. After penetration during the excitement phase, the vagina continues to expand and the clitoris condenses. Once this plateau
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  • Spring '11
  • akmid
  • Sexual intercourse, Female sexual arousal disorder, Sexual arousal, Orgasm, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, Sexual response cycle

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