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Womens health chapter 7

  1. 1. Chapter 7: Sexual Pleasure By Samantha Hoogasian
  2. 2. Models of Sexual Response  Excitement  First stage of arousal  Plateau  Responses continue to intensify as vagina becomes more sensitive and the glans of the clitoris retracts under the hood  Orgasm  With enough stimulation a woman may build up to a “peak” point, or orgasm  All tension suddenly releases in a series of involuntary and pleasurable muscular contractions  Resolution  Unless stimulation continues, the resolution stage occurs  Muscles relax
  3. 3.  The Masters and Johnson model of sexual response came about in the 1960s and it is still used today to create definitions of sexual health and sexual problems.
  4. 4. Orgasm  Can range in intensity  Can be exclusively physical or it can include subjective and psychological aspects  May feel totally different at different times  Can experience an orgasm through vaginal penetration or clitoral stimulation  Many women have never had an orgasm or have difficulty experiencing one  Sometimes information and experience are all that’s lacking  For some women sex may not ever lead to an orgasm which is perfectly normal  Intercourse can be about pleasure or connection; it doesn’t have to focus on orgasm.
  5. 5. Orgasm  The G-Spot  Some women experience intense sexual pleasure and orgasm when a particular area inside the vagina, approx. 1/3 to ½ up the front wall, is stimulated.  Named after it’s founder Dr. Ernest Grafenberg in 1950  Female ejaculation  For some women, sufficient stimulation of the G- spot or clitoris may lead to ejaculation  Ejaculation- release of fluids from urethra  Can occur with or without an orgasm
  6. 6. Masturbation  Touching yourself sexually  One way of exploring and enjoying sexual pleasure  Enables us to explore and experiment with our own bodies and learn what kind of touch feels good  For women at any age it is a way of connecting with your body
  7. 7. Masturbation  Surgeon general Jocelyn Elders was asked whether masturbation should be promoted as a means of preventing young people from engaging in riskier forms of sexual activity.  She responded “I think that it is part of human sexuality and perhaps should be taught.” She lost her job shortly after.  I found Elders quote to be very interesting because masturbation is not talked about in school health classes and maybe should be. I think that because it’s not talked about it can be perceived as “wrong” when in reality it’s just a way of exploring your own body. I also found it interesting that after Elders stated her view she lost her job.
  8. 8. “Yes means yes”  The slogan of a movement to enhance our understanding of sexual consent so that it’s clear and works for everyone.  The “yes means yes” philosophy is that the only valid sexual consent is enthusiastic consent.  “No means no” suggests that in the absence of your partner clearly objecting you can do whatever you want
  9. 9. Enthusiastic Consent  It’s important for you and your partner to openly talk about sex and what feels good.  Communication is key  Tell your partner if something doesn’t feel good.  Be aware of the relationship between words and body language.  Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want  Sometime difficult because we can feel embarrassed
  10. 10. Vaginal Penetration  Penetration from tongue, dildo, penis, or fingers  Can be gentle, playful, intimate, forceful, or passionate  Penetration can be fantastic for some women, unpleasurable/undesireable for others, or somewhere in between  KEY IS TO COMMUNICATE  Certain positions may feel better than others
  11. 11. Oral Sex  Sucking or licking a partner’s genitals  Cunnilingus is oral sex done to a woman  What feels good may differ from time to time and from person to person
  12. 12. Fantasies  The thoughts and images we carry in our minds can evoke strong physical responses  The brain is the most important organ of sexual pleasure  Can experience orgasms from fantasies alone  Sadomasochistic (S/M) and bondage and discipline (B/D) is based on fantasy situations of dominance and submission  BDSM is constantly about consent even though on partner acts vulnerable  Important to talk about trust and expectations before being in an S/M or B/D scenario
  13. 13. Added Pleasure  Lubrication  Vaginal lubrication often occurs naturally during sexual excitement and arousal  Reduced lubrication is common and can be the result of hormonal changes in a woman’s body  Can purchase lubrication to enhance sexual pleasure  Erotica  Enjoying erotica entertainment alone or with a partner is a way of exploring sexual needs and becoming more comfortable with solitary or shared desires  Videos, magazines, or books  Pornography
  14. 14. Discussion Question  Do you feel that sexual education classes in middle school and high school are doing a sufficient job in educating students on the importance of consent? If not what can be done?