Reviews different models of sexual
Experience of sexual pleasure with a partner
In 1966 William masters and Virginia
Johnson : arousal, excitement plateau and
In 1970 feminist researcher Shere Hite found
that most women did not experience orgasm
in intercourse alone
In 1970’s researchers Harold Lief and others
expanded masters model to include
emotional desire and satisfaction
In 1997 circular model by Beverly whipple and
Karen Bash-Mcgreer suggested if sexual
experience resulted in pleasure and satisfaction,
then it could lead to another sexual experience.
But if experience was unpleasable and unsatisfying
it could not lead to another sexual experience.
In 2001 Rosemary Basson published a non linear
model of female sexual response that incorporate
the importance of intimacy, sexual stimuli and
Can be a mild hiccup or a peaceful sigh.
It can be a sensuous experience.
It includes subjective and psychological
Clitoris most sensitive organ to stimulation and
plays a role in elevation of sexual tension.
Some women can have more than one orgasm
and some women don’t experience orgasms.
Sexual , physical and emotional past or present
may inhibit orgasm.
Lack of experience may inhibit orgasms.
With a exploration and experimenting most
women can experience orgasm.
Problems that get in the way of orgasm:
You don’t want have sex with the person right
Poor communication about sex
Lack of sex education
Too busy thinking about how to do it right
Being afraid of asking too much
Being afraid that your partner is concentrating
on pleasure therefore there is pressure to
Trying to orgasm at the same time.
You have unresolved issues or conflict with your
You are scared or angry about something in the
Feeling guilty about having sex.
The assumption that with a male partner a
woman should have orgasms.
Fallen into a pattern of faking an orgasm.
G spot is a particular area inside the vagina
that gives intense pleasure when stimulated,
Approximately one-third to one half up the
front wall is stimulated.
Stimulation of G-spot or clitoris may lead to
release of fluid from the urethra. Sometimes
called spraying or squirting. Occurs with or
Research suggest is similar to prostate fluid
and varies in amounts.
Some people doubt it existence but has
been noted in ancient Greek writings and
Hindu Kama Sutra 16th century Japanese
Touching oneself sexually.
It enables experimentation and exploration of
Helps keep vaginal tissues moist after
Talking about sex can be challenging. Its
important to communicate what you really
want to stop immediately in the face of mixed
signals from your partner and to expect your
partner to do the same for you.
Communication is a continuous process.
Communication can also be about safe sex
and birth control.
Things that hold back communication:
Feeling embarrassed by words themselves.
Feeling embarrassed by desires, thinking they might be a
taboo or partner will be judgmental.
After having sex with the same person for years. It feels
risky to bring up new insights.
Communication isn’t going well in other areas of the
A partner seems defensive and might interpret
suggestions as a criticism or demand.
Inexperience or confusion about what you want.
Vaginal lubrication happens naturally during
sexual excitement and arousal and it varies for
Hormonal changes during breast feeding,
perimenopause and post menopause can
cause reduced lubrication.
Medications, birth controls and dehydration can
cause reduced lubrication.
Enhance sexual arousal.
Cause clitoris to increase sexual pleasure.
Keep vaginal skin soft and maintain
Water based lubricants with glycerin.
Water based lubricants without glycerin.
Oil based lubricants.
Natural oil based lubricants.
Other oil based lubricants.
It was interesting to learn that every ones
sexual response differs, some women may
have orgasms and some may not but it is not
abnormal. Although, other factors as listed
above may inhibit orgasms.
The are several models depicted in the chapter
about sexual responses. It was see how sexual
responses have been broken down to stages.
Do we think masturbation is a good way to
know ones sexual response? Yes or no please
explain answers. Thanks.
Boston Women's Health Book Collective.
(2011). Our bodies, ourselves: Menopause.
New York: Simon & Schuster.