sexual response cycle


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sexual response cycle

the four phases of biological sexual response: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
A term that encompasses the phases of a sexual act from prearousal to denouement. The sexual response cycle is divided into 4 phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm, resolution

sexual response cycle

Physiology A term that encompasses the phases of a sexual act from prearousal to denouement; the SRC is divided into 4 phases. Cf Sexual dysfunction.
Sexual Response Cycle
Desire Consists of fantasies about sexual activity, desire to engage therein
Excitement Subjective component of sexual excitement is accompanied by physiologic changes, in ♂, penile tumescence and erection, in ♀ pelvic vasocongestion, vaginal lubrication, and swelling of external genitalia
Orgasm Peaking of sexual pleasure with release of sexual tension, rhythmic contraction of perineal muscles in ♂, ejaculation, in ♀, contractions of outer13 of vagina; in both, anal sphincter contracts rhythmically
Resolution Denouement Muscle relaxation, and a sense of well-being; during resolution, ♂ are unerectable for a variable period of time; ♀ remain on 'red alert'
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For both men and women, smoking is most likely to have an impact of the arousal phase of the human sexual response cycle.
I have written an extensive critique of the scientific basis of this "human sexual response cycle model" in the references already cited, but suffice it to say here that Masters and Johnson chose research subjects whose orgasmocentric sexual script produced the type of physical cycle they were looking for.
Psychosexual dysfunctions are characterized by inhibitions in sexual desire or the psychophysiological changes that characterize the sexual response cycle.
The DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) lists several major sexual dysfunctions characterized primarily by disturbance in sexual desire and changes in psychophysiology associated with the sexual response cycle.