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Fourth Phase of Excitation

Resolution Phase

Normal



Resolution Phase



Male

Female

Decrease in arousal occurring after orgasm. Men enter a refractory period during which reactions are not possible for a period of time. The sex flush fades, and the perspiration sometimes is seen in the immediate postorgasmic period. Loss of swelling of the penis occurs with the loss of localized vasocongestion. This loss also leads to the descent of the testes into the relaxed scrotum. A general decrease of muscle tension appears The return if fairly rapid if orgasm has occured. The average time is about 5 to 10 min. Myotonia and sex flush subside quickly. The clitoris regains normal size and position. Changes resulting from vasocongestion disappear throughout the body in an irregular flow of abatement. Women's entire body is envolved in her response to effective sexual stimulation. Myotonia, vasocongestion, sex flush, and other specific reactions are observed in several regions of the body. Orgasm is often accompanied by a general reduction in perceptual acuity and the appearance of perspiration. Women can respond again immediately and therefore experience multiple orgasms.



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Author: Dr. Silvia Helena Cardoso, PhD. Psychobiologist, master and doctor in Sciences by the University of São Paulo and post doctoral fellowship by the University of California, Los Angeles. Invited Professor and Associate Researcher of the Center for Biomedical Informatics, State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil.

Center for Biomedical Informatics
State University of Campinas, Brazil

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