When you have completed this section, you should be able to
• describe the female sexual response at each phase of intercourse; and
• compare and contrast the female and male responses.
Female sexual response, the physiological changes that occur during intercourse, may be viewed in terms of the four phases identified by Masters and Johnson and discussed in chapter 27—excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution (fig. 28.17). The neurological and vascular controls of female sexual response are essentially the same as in the male and need not be repeated here. The emphasis here is on ways the female response differs from that of the male.
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