The Anatomy And Physiology Of The Sexual Response

Authored by: Helen Singer Kaplan

The New Sex Therapy

Print publication date:  December  1974
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780876300831
eBook ISBN: 9780203727317
Adobe ISBN: 9781135821364


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The Human Sexual Response is a highly rational and orderly sequence of physiological events, the object of which is to prepare the bodies of two mates for reproductive union. If the act of sexual intercourse is to be successful, the genital organs of each partner must undergo profound changes in shape and function from their basal state. It is literally impossible for coitus to occur when the partners are not sexually aroused—when the penis is a flaccid appendage and the vagina is tight and dry. In this respect coitus is not unlike sleeping, eating, fighting. Before the individual can engage in these various forms of behavior, the body must undergo similar processes of adaptation, involving extensive chemical and physiological changes.

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