Arousal is a thought that you are sexually turned on. When you’re turned on, the body can undergo physical and emotional changes.
Your penis or clitoris may be erect, engorged, and sensitive, and you may feel damp on your vulva or vagina, or even on the top of your penis.
You may be aroused by sexual stimulation alone or with a companion, fantasizing or experiencing sexual feelings, or reading, viewing or listening to erotic materials (like porn).
Arousal can also happen when some areas of the body are approached that are very responsive (also called “erogenous zones”). But not everyone thinks like they are sexually stimulated by contact.
Feeling pleased will lead to many or none of the physical reactions. Many of the changes that can happen to the body when you’re excited to include:
- Your blood pressure, pulse rate, ventilation, and the temperature is increasing.
- Your breasts, lips, and clitoris are packed with blood and made more receptive.
- Your penis is going to get harder and stand up (this is also called getting an erection)
- Your vagina lubricates (wets) and extends.
What’s sex drive?
Your sex drive (sometimes referred to as your “libido“) is when you have an urge to be intimate or are emotionally or physically aroused about sexual intercourse, such as masturbation, sexual thoughts, dreams, or sexual contact with a partner.
How do I understand if I have a normal sex drive?
Everyone’s sex drive is different from that. There is no “normal” amount you might want to have sex—sexual everybody’s appetite and pleasure in sex are different, and it can evolve over time.
Your sexual drive will alter based on things like tension, medications you take, and other physical, mental, and lifestyle influences. Some people tend to have sex every day or more than once every day, and some people rarely or never want to have sex.
Some people need a deep interpersonal link to someone to be involved in sex (sometimes called demisexual). Some people may not need, or really desire, an intimate bond with the people they have sex with.
People who do not have a physical attraction to others can be described as asexual.
If you have a poor sex drive that bothers or upsets you, you might have something called a Hypoactive Sexual Appetite Disorder. There are a lot of things you can do to further improve your sex drive if you want to.
What are the erogenous areas?
Some areas of the body have a lot of nerve endings that making you feel excited or excited when they’re touched—these are the erogenous zones.
The most important erogenous zone for most people is their genital area: vulva, clitoris, labia, vagina, uterus, perineum, penis, scrotum, and prostate.
Other typical erogenous zones include your breasts and nipples, neck, lips, throat, tongue, back, fingertips, toes, hands, hips, earlobes, buttocks, and thighs.
But the penis and the clitoris are typically the most sensitive.
Any area of the body can be called sexual—they are all distinct, and so are their erogenous zones. That sounds awesome to you might not feel good to your friends, so you need to ask them to find out!
What’s the duration of sexual response?
The sexual reaction loop is how your body responds to sexual arousal. It can happen with your girlfriend, on your own.. even in your sleep! You’re not really going to all the steps of the cycle—you can pause at any moment.
The first step is to wish or to have sexually attracted feelings. This can lead to arousal when your body is ready for sex. Your heart rate is increasing, your muscles are tight, and blood is rushing to your vagina.
The next move is the Plateau process, where you’re very excited to keep the feeling going by masturbating or having sex.
At the end of the plateau, the process is the orgasm, as the anxiety, you build up is released into a series of muscle spasms that feel very good. Your body produces endorphin—hormones that make you feel comfortable and secure.
The resolution process comes at the conclusion of the sexual response stage, whether or not you have an orgasm. Resolution ensures that the body goes back to how it was when you got aroused.