Sample Presentation Paper on Sexual Response Cycle

Sexual response cycle involves the emotional and physical changes that occur on one’s body (both male and female) through a sexual activity. The sexual response cycle involves of four stages. These stages include: Arousal stage, Plateau stage, Orgasm stage, and Resolution stage (Edlin, 2000).

The initial phase, arousal, begins with the sudden gush of blood flow to the genital areas which would increase the heart-beat. Additional features comprise the start of vaginal lubrication in females. In females, the breasts enlarge while the males’ testicles expand, while the scrotum constricts. The plateau stage sees the enhancement of the excitement stage (Greenberg, 2014). The characteristics become more pronounced in both genders before entry to the orgasm stage. The orgasm period is the pinnacle of sexual action (Greenberg, 2014). Characteristics of this stage include muscles reflexes (for females, vagina constricts), rash may appear on the body and the sudden relaxation after sexual tension release. The resolution period is the recovery phase (Edlin, 2000). The length of this stage differs in the two genders and is depicted by the normalizing of the body systems functioning conditions.

Orgasm stage is distinct in both genders. The muscles reflexes, for example in the males will result in ejaculation while the vaginal constriction holds the penis in position for the release of the semen. They are intended to support conception, in case any. The sexual tension released in this phase signifies the accomplishment and reaching this stage makes the other person feel accomplished (especially the males) while it is often neglected in females. The opposite could happen if this stage is not reached. To alleviate the consequences of these differences, the partners should not gratify one stage of the cycle and appreciate each stage.

The four stages are as shown.
Stage Male Female
Arousal stage Testicles enlarge and scrotum tautens

Heartbeat increases

Skin flush may occur

Start of vaginal lubrication

Breasts enlarge

Heartbeat increases

Plateau stage Heartbeat increases

Penis becomes more erect

Testicles are withdrawn up

Vagina enlarges

Sensitivity of the clitoris increases

Heartbeat increases

Orgasm stage Muscles around penis contract releasing semen

Highest breathing and heartbeat

Muscle reflexes

Rash may appear

Vaginal muscles and uterus contract

Highest breathing and heartbeat

Muscle reflexes

Resolution stage Penis returns to normal size

Heart rate slows down

Breathing returns to normal

Vagina and other muscles relax

Heart rate slows down

Breathing returns to normal

 

 

References

Edlin, G. G. (2000). Essentials for health and wellness. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett.

Greenberg, J. S. (2014). Exploring the dimensions of human sexuality. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.