This week let's talk about S E X ... sex physiology, that is. If you haven't yet listened to the episode CLICK HERE. Come back later to check out the show notes:
♡ Sex Physiology
Most people have sex. It can be done for pleasure, procreating, etc. But what is sex and what are the various phases? Most of us have never thought about that. However, it’s important to do that as it can explain certain things that happen to our bodies before, during and after sex. Especially, when some of us don’t discuss it as freely as we personally think they should. But, to each their own. Let’s get I N T O it:
♡ What is Sex?
It is a complex nature of both physical and emotional changes that occur between two people or solo during sexually stimulating activities. A lot of people don’t know what really happens to their body or their partner’s body throughout this process so being aware of this may actually lead to better sex.
♡ The Phases of Sex?
There are 4 of them:
Desire aka libido
Arousal aka excitement
Both sexes experience all of these phases however, the timing may be different. The intensity of orgasm and the time spent in each phase varies from person to person. Some of these phases are absent or out of order so knowing all of this may help each person determine their body as well as their partner's body not only to enhance sexual experience but to become more in tune with themselves.
❤ Phase 1: Desire
Typically, this phase lasts between a few minutes to several hours
Muscle tension increases
Heart rate rises and breathing increases
Flushing of the skin (may occur)
Nipples become erect or harden
blood flow increases to the genitals resulting in an erection
begin to secrete a lubricating fluid
the scrotum tightens
swelling of the woman’s clitoris and labia minora occurs
vaginal lubrication begins
breasts become fuller
the vaginal wall swells
❤ Phase 2: Arousal
The changes just mentioned continue to intensify
Clitoris becomes highly sensitive and retracts to avoid direct penile stimulation
Muscle spasms begin
❤ Phase 3: Orgasm
Climax is the shortest phase and typically lasts a few seconds
Involuntary muscle contractions
Heart rate, blood pressure and breathing reaches it's peak with a rapid intake of oxygen
Sudden forceful release of sexual tension
Vaginal muscles and the uterus contracts
Rhythmic contractions of the muscles at the base of the penis occur
ejaculation of semen
A typical sex flush may appear over the entire body
❤ Phase 4: Resolution
The body returns to normal level of functioning slowly, everything returns back to its previous size and color
This phase is marked by a general sense of well-being and often fatigue thereafter
Note: Women can typically go back to a rapid return of the orgasm phase with further stimulation and experience multiple orgasms while men need time to recover. For men, this is known as the refractory period and it varies from person to person as well as, with age.
Do this on your own time, don’t feel pressured and have sex when you are comfortable. Don’t forget to practice safe sex.
♡ Secret Tips
Figure out your body
Can be a great thing to do for your mental health and wellness
Don’t fear it
Be willing to explore
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