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Female sexual response


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Female sexual response

  2. 2. Kaplan’s 3-stage Model
  3. 3. Masters & Johnson’s four Phases
  4. 4. Excitement The excitement phase (also known as the arousal phase or initial excitement phase) is the first stage of the human sexual response cycle. The body prepares for sexual intercourse, initially leading to the plateau phase
  5. 5. Plateau Phase The plateau phase is the period of sexual excitement prior to orgasm. The phase is characterised by an increased circulation and heart rate in both sexes, increased sexual pleasure with increased stimulation, and further increased muscle tension.
  6. 6. Orgasmic Phase A stage in which the female body starts to prepare itself for imminent orgasm.
  7. 7. Resolution Phase The resolution phase occurs after orgasm and allows the muscles to relax, blood pressure to drop and the body to slow down from its excited state. The refractory period, which is part of the resolution phase, is the time frame in which men and women are unable to orgasm again.
  8. 8. Female Sexual Response Controversies  Orgasm -clitoris (pudendal n.) vs vaginal (pelvic n)  Grafenberg spot - Area on lower front wall of vagina - Sensitive to pressure - Sometimes results in “ejaculation”
  9. 9. Aging & the Sexual Response Cycle Older women:  Decreased vaginal lubrication; is slower  Decreased flexibility of inner vagina  More rapid resolution
  10. 10. Some differences between the sexes  Greater variability in female response  Male refractory period  Females can have multiple orgasms