Sexual Response Cycle (Phases of Sexual Response) (cont.)
In this Article
- Introduction to the sexual response cycle
- What are the phases of the sexual response cycle?
- Phase 1: Excitement
- Phase 2: Plateau
- Phase 3: Orgasm
- Phase 4: Resolution
Phase 4: Resolution
During resolution, the body slowly returns to its normal level of functioning, and swelled and erect body parts return to their previous size and color. This phase is marked by a general sense of well-being, enhanced intimacy and, often, fatigue. Some women are capable of a rapid return to the orgasm phase with further sexual stimulation and may experience multiple orgasms. Men need recovery time after orgasm, called a refractory period, during which they cannot reach orgasm again. The duration of the refractory period varies among men and usually lengthens with advancing age.
Reviewed by Robert S. Phillips, MD on July 08, 2008
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