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Sexual Response


Sexual Response: Final Phase

In the final phase, the resolution, the body returns to normal levels of heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and muscle contraction. Swelled and erect body parts return to normal and skin flushing disappears.

The resolution phase is marked by a general sense of well being and enhanced intimacy and possibly by fatigue as well. Many women are capable of a rapid return to the orgasmic phase with minimal stimulation and may experience continued orgasms for up to an hour.

Males, especially as they age, experience a refractory period of varying duration after orgasm. During this period, men cannot achieve orgasm, although partial or full erection may sometimes be maintained.

The duration of the refractory period can vary from just a few minutes to several days and there is great variability in the length of the refractory period both within and between men.

Copyright 2002 Sinclair Intimacy Institute


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