Touch me (properly, of course) in my nether regions and I’ll get turned on. I’ll know I’m turned on because I’ll feel my cunt tingle, my panties soak, and my stomach turn. Did I mention my nipples will show through my white cotton dress? Before you know it, we’ll both be aware of my overwhelming need for your hands around my ass and neck. Our hearts beat harder, not because we’re in love (oh no, you’ll never find Scarlett in love), but because we’re sexually responding to the circumstances.
With the help of the Cleveland Clinic, I am here to share with you all the physical and emotional changes that occur when an individual becomes sexually stimulated during intercourse and masturbation. Please keep in mind that this information I’m presenting you with should not replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. You are more than welcome to contact me with further questions, but always consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition!
So, let’s get down to business. There are a total of four phases in the sexual response cycle: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. Men and women experiences each phase differently, and as we all know, there’s no guarantee either gender will achieve all four. So, good luck trying to reach that mutual, simultaneous, be-all and end-all of orgasms.
The first phase, excitement, can last from a few minutes to several hours. Most often, muscle tension increases, heart rate quickens, and breathing is accelerated. The skin may become flushed with blotches of redness on the chest and back, while nipples become hard and erect. Blood flow to the genitals increases, resulting in swelling of the woman’s clitoris and labia minora (inner lips), and erection of the man’s penis. The vagina begins to lubricate itself while the inner walls swell. The man’s testicles also swell, his scrotum tightens, and he begins secreting a lubricating liquid called pre-cum!
The plateau phase includes all the good, juicy fun right before orgasm. Essentially, the changes that occur in the previous phase are intensified – the vagina continues to swell from increased blood flow, and the vaginal walls turn a dark purple. At this point the clitoris is highly sensitive (perhaps an excellent time to make your way down south, if you’re not already there). The man’s testicles are withdrawn up into the scrotum, but still visible enough to give them a light tug, lick, or suck. Depending on the tendency of those involved, there can be a range of muscle spasms in the feet, face, hands, and legs.
The third phase, orgasm, is unfortunately the shortest of all four stages! If someone asked me to surgically remove my left foot as a means to increase my orgasms from seconds to hours, I would in a heart beat. Now, this is the moment when you have involuntary muscle contractions, an upsurge in heart rate, and a rapid intake of oxygen. When the orgasm actually occurs, there’s a sudden, forceful release of sexual tension that feels as though you’re being shot out of a rocket. In women, the muscles of the vagina contract and the uterus undergoes rhythmic contractions. In men, rhythmic contractions of the muscles at the base of the penis result in the ejaculation of semen. A “sex flush” may cover various parts of the body – this is not a rash indicating your allergy to sex.
The last and final phase, resolution, is when the body gradually returns to its normal state of unswelled and unerect body parts (although, wouldn’t we all be happier if certain enlarged members remained enlarged?). Some women, especially the women I know, are ready to engage in sexual intimacy directly after orgasm. Men suffer from something called a “refractory period,” otherwise known the epitome of female torment.
If you’d like to read more amazingly informative material from the Cleveland Clinic, check out their website at my.clevelandclinic.org! As for myself, I’m heading back to my room to take care of the boy that’s tied to my bedposts.
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