Impact on the Body
What are the female sex organs and sexually responsive body areas for women? (Information for men will be coming soon)
- Women's sexual organs are both inside and outside the body.
- The organs outside the body include:
- The outer lips of the vagina, the labia majora [lay-bee-ah maa-jor-ah].
- When parted, these show the inner lips, the labia minora [lay-bee-ah mih-nor-ah].
- These lips join at the top to cover the clitoris [klit-er-iss]. The clitoris is the size of a pea and is usually sensitive to touch.
- Just below the clitoris is the opening for urine, the urethra [you-ree-thra].
- Below that is the opening to the vagina.
- Below that is the opening for stool, the anus [a-nus].
- The diamond shaped area of skin that includes the vagina and anus is called the perineum [pear-ih-knee-um].
- Most of a woman's sex organs are inside the body.
External female sex organs:
The organs inside the body include:
- the uterus (womb)
- the cervix [sir-vicks] (neck of the womb)
- the ovaries [oh-vah-rees]
- the fallopian [fah-low-pee-an] tubes
- the pelvis is the name given to the lower part of your abdomen
Internal female sex organs:
What are the other sexual areas on the body?
- the breasts and nipples
- sensitive areas that respond to touch include:
- the back of the neck
- behind the knees,
- the buttocks
- the inner thighs
- These areas may be different for each person
- These areas are called the erogenous [ee-rah-gin-us] zones.
- Sexual desire is used to describe an interest in sex. It is also known as libido [lih-bee-dough].
- Sexual desire can change with illness, pregnancy, during your monthly cycle or after the change of life (menopause).
- How you are feeling physically and emotionally also can affect your desire for sex.
- Your sexual response is made up of four stages or phases;
- Stage 1:Excitement or arousal
- This is the beginning of sexual feelings or feeling "turned on" and ready for sex.
- your breathing and heart rate increase
- your vagina becomes damp
- you may begin to sweat or your body may feel warmer
- These feelings can happen for many reasons such as being kissed, being touched or touching your partner or by a sexual fantasy.
- Arousal may, or may not, lead to orgasm.
- Stage 2: Plateau
- The body stays aroused
- The body is very sensitive to touch
- Stage 3: Orgasm
- This is also known as the sexual climax or "coming"
- Your body feels intense sensations that are like waves or contractions throughout the body
- Orgasm includes ejaculation [ee-jack-u-lay-shun] of sperm for men
- Stage 4: Resolution
- The body returns to its normal state
- Sexual arousal can be less than usual if you are
- very tired (fatigued)
- feeling stressed
- having pain
- feeling anxious or depressed
- using alcohol or drug excessively
- having relationship problems
- taking medicines for nausea, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure
- feeling short of breath
- feeling unhappy about your body
- Find things that usually lead to sexual desire and increase how often you do them
- Be as physically active as possible
- Do things that promote intimacy such as being close, cuddling, or having a romantic dinner
- Think about using sexual fantasies or materials
- Practice looking at your body. If you feel comfortable, touch your body as well (learn what feels good; what does not)
What is sexual arousal?
What are the stages of sexual arousal?
What can cause sexual desire and arousal to be less than usual?
How can I increase my interest in sexual activities?