excitement phase

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excitement phase

The first phase of Masters’ and Johnson’s four-stage model of physiological responses to sexual stimulation. It is triggered by erotic physical or mental stimulation resulting in sexual arousal (in the form of erection in the male and increased vaginal lubrication in the female).
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* Sexual arousal disorder: The persistent or recurrent inability to reach or sustain the lubrication and swelling reaction in the arousal phase of the sexual response to the point that it causes personal distress.
Postmenopausal women often find that the arousal phase of the sexual response cycle takes longer or is less intense.
(By way of contrast, the drug sildenafil [Viagra], in its mode of action, does target the arousal phase of sexual response by directly facilitating erection).
Sildenafil may be "worth a try" when dysfunction is primarily in the arousal phase, and hormone replacement is an option if assays reveal low levels of estrogen or testosterone, she said.
Women who experienced sexual dysfunction were most likely to have it in the arousal phase (82%) and in the desire phase (77%).
Women who experienced dysfunction were most likely to have it in the arousal phase (82%) and in the desire phase (77%).
For both men and woman, the cause is the accumulation of blood (vasocongestion) in the pelvic and genital area as part of sexual excitement, and it's a normal part of the arousal phase of our sexual responses.
Limited data available on sexual function in older women suggest that as estrogen production drops, they too, require a longer arousal phase. Sex may be uncomfortable because of decreased vaginal lubrication and mucosal atrophy but local applications of estrogen cream may be helpful.
Problems that surface in the arousal phase include impotence in men and inadequate vaginal lubrication in women.
A key feature is that the patient with female sexual arousal disorder is unable to attain adequate lubrication in the arousal phase. Treatment techniques are similar to those for HSDD: prescribing erotica to help teach her to focus on pleasurably sexy thoughts and fantasies.