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Sex Physiology

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

What happens?

  • Muscle tension increases

  • Heart rate rises and breathing increases

  • Flushing of the skin (may occur)

  • Nipples become erect or harden

  • Men:

blood flow increases to the genitals resulting in an erection

testicles swell

begin to secrete a lubricating fluid

the scrotum tightens

  • Women:

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

  • Women:

Vaginal muscles and the uterus contracts

  • Men:

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

Bonding experience

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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