Orgasm

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 01:41 -- amber

Orgasm - a notion that meant “to mature or swell” in Ancient Greece. It is now known as the highest point of the plateau phase of the sexual response cycle that both men and women can experience during the sexual intercourse. The signs of orgasm are the sensations of muscle tightening around the primary sexual organs and the anus. Other characteristics are also attributed to an orgasm. They can be muscular contractions in various parts of a male or female body, a feeling of complete elation and the consequent sounds and movements produced by a man or a woman experiencing an orgasm.

From the scientific point of view an orgasm may be described as a reaction of a human body to sexual stimulation. The role of brain in this reaction chain cannot be underestimated. Sexual stimulation can be effected by the person himself (this process is also known as masturbation) or by his or her partner (various types of sexual intercourse). Sexual intercourse involving two or more partners can be further characterized as mutual masturbation, direct sexual intercourse, oral sex, etc. Men usually experience an orgasm through penis stimulation while women are prone to reach the peak through the stimulation of their clitoris.

The stage following after the immediate orgasm is called the refractory period. A person usually experiences pleasing sensations due to several hormones that are being released by brain – oxytocin and prolactin. During this stage brain activity is pretty much the same for both men and women. *