sexual response cycle

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The cycle of phases associated with sexual activity, classified and labelled differently by different researchers, but roughly as follows: appetitive phase (sexual desire, fantasy, and appetite for sexual activity); arousal phase (sexual excitement accompanied in the male by tumescence and erection of the penis and in the female by vasocongestion in the pelvis, lubrication and expansion of the vagina, and swelling of the external genitalia); orgasmic phase (male climax and ejaculation, female climax); resolution phase (muscular relaxation, feelings of well-being, and detumescence of the male penis); refractory period (lack of sexual desire and incapacity of males to achieve erection of the penis for a time).

Subjects: Psychology.

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