The mind and the body must work together for normal sexual function. Thoughts and emotions interact with the nervous, circulatory, and endocrine (hormone) systems of the body to produce a sexual response. The sexual response has four stages:
- Desire (the wish to engage in sexual activity) is triggered by thought or verbal and visual cues.
- Arousal (the state of sexual excitement) occurs as blood enters the genital area, leading to an erection in the male.
- Orgasm (the climax of sexual excitement) occurs at ejaculation (the emission of semen from the penis); muscle tension increases throughout the body.
- Resolution (a sense of well-being and complete muscle relaxation) follows orgasm.
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