Sexual Response Cycle

The sexual response cycle is a term used to describe what happens in the body when a person becomes sexually aroused and participates in any sexually stimulating activity. Although experts disagree about the number of stages, all agree that each stage has no distinct beginning or end, but it's all part of a continual process. The sexual response cycle progresses from desire or excitement to resolution and can last for minutes or hours depending on the individuals and stimulation.

Fast Facts:

  • Some experts divide the first stage into two groups, desire and excitement, while others simply combine the two.
  • The second stage of sexual response is plateau. At this stage, the body is on the brink of orgasm.
  • Orgasm occurs during the third stage of sexual response.
  • The final stage is resolution, where the body returns to its normal state and an overall feeling of well-being and satisfaction is acheived.