sexual response cycle


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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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Sexual Response Cycle. Basson's model of the sexual response cycle was adapted into a worksheet (Figure 2).
In week two, facilitators discussed and drew out the sexual response cycle, illustrating each component step by step, after which women completed the worksheet at home according to their own sexual experiences.
In total, there were a possible 11 breaks that could occur throughout the sexual response cycle. Associations between breaks within the sexual response cycle and age were also examined.
"Masters and Johnson's Human Sexual Response Cycle." http://www.csupomona.edu.
Offering women the basic opportunity to learn about the uniqueness of their sexuality and sexual response cycle can have a powerful effect and allows for the enhancement of a woman's sexual self as well as their communication with sexual partners.
Use of an alternative model of women's sexual response cycle to address low sexual desire.
The "human sexual response cycle" was not discovered, in other words, but was scientific window-dressing for Masters' and Johnson's political goal to create gender equality in sex by generalizing to women the male tumescence/detumescence process.
Methamphetamine does not independently or directly target specific aspects of the sexual response cycle. Rather, because methamphetamine is a powerful nervous system stimulant, it enhances a person's general sense of well-being and excitement which, as a result, is likely to intensify and enhance sexual experiences.
In sum, with respect to its short-term impact on sexual function, while methamphetamine does not exert direct, specific effects on the phases of the sexual response cycle per se, as a central nervous system stimulant, it generally enhances or intensifies feelings, desires, and sensations, including those related to sexuality.
As adolescents, they need opportunities to experience their sexual response cycle, to learn what their individual sexual limitations and abilities are and perhaps, more importantly, how to negotiate for sex with a partner, especially the orthopedically handicapped, who are assumed to be incapable of being sexual by most non disabled people.
"If you choose not to do that, I'd certainly suggest that you use a standard way of asking about each of the phases of the sexual response cycle," she advised.