Week 6 Assignment- Phases of Sexual Response Cycle

Week 6 Assignment- - Running head PHASES OF SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 1 Phases of Sexual Response Cycle Stephen D James PSY/210 Natasha Barnes October

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Running head: PHASES OF SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 1 Phases of Sexual Response Cycle Stephen D, James PSY/210 Natasha Barnes October 2, 2011 University of Phoenix (Axia College)
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“PHASES OF SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE” 2 Phases of Sexual Response Cycle Introduction In this paper the subject to discuss is the various phases of the sexual response cycle in males and females. It will also discuss the commonalities and differences that males and females experience during the sexual response cycle; sexual dysfunctions that can occur and how they are treated. The Sexual Response Cycle in Males The sexual response cycle is divided into four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution (Masters & Johnson, 1966). These phases are the same for males and females and occur in the same order. During the first phase (the excitement phase), males experience vasocongestion. With this, blood engorges the blood vessels in the genitals after sexual stimulation begins. This causes the scrotal skin to become thicker, the penis to become erect, the testes to increase in size and to become elevated. The skin can become flushed, the nipples can become erect, and heart rate and blood pressure increase. During the plateau phase males experience increase in the circumference of the head of the penis, this changes color and takes on a purplish color. The testes are elevated into position for ejaculation and can become one and a half times larger. The level of sexual excitement levels out in this phase, even though the rate of breathing and blood pressure continues to increase. During the orgasmic phase males, experience two stages of muscular contractions, unlike women. Semen collects at the base of the penis in the first stage. When the second stage occurs, the male experiences an orgasm as the semen is pushed out of his penis during the muscular
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“PHASES OF SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE” 3 contractions. These contractions are intense in the beginning of the orgasm and become less intense toward the end. Orgasms vary from male to male, and depend on how much seminal fluid has built up as to how strong or intense the orgasm is. The resolution phase occurs after orgasm. In this phase the genitals return to their pre-
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Week 6 Assignment- - Running head PHASES OF SEXUAL RESPONSE CYCLE 1 Phases of Sexual Response Cycle Stephen D James PSY/210 Natasha Barnes October

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