What happens to your body during sex
When you’re about to engage in sexual intercourse, your body goes through a few changes because it’s aroused (turned on). Some of these changes can be easy to spot, while others are not. Read this article to know what actually happens to your body during and after sexual intercourse.
At this point, the man’s penis will get erect (hard) and the woman’s vagina will get “wet”. Remember, a woman being wet doesn’t mean she’s unfaithful or she just had sex, for example. It is simply her body preparing and lubricating itself for penetration.
It is also at this point that the woman’s vagina will become larger, and sometimes her breasts might swell too. Both partner’s heart rates, blood pressure, and breathing will start to increase
Due to the prolonged sexual arousal, your body releases hormones like dopamine and epinephrine - which is also known as adrenaline. These hormones make sure blood flow is directed to the right parts of the body that need it the most.
At this stage, the woman’s clitoris gets more sensitive and hides behind its hood, and her vaginal wall changes its colour. Also, the woman’s body can produce more lubrication - so the penis can continue penetrating easily.
Both partners may experience spasms (muscle contractions) on their body parts like feet, thighs, buttocks, and so forth.
Then comes the stage known as the orgasm phase, and it can last for a few seconds. During this phase, the man’s urethral bulb starts to collect seminal fluid (sperms). This will lead to the man getting a sensation that he’s about to ejaculate. After this sensation, semen is then released from the penis.
The woman’s vaginal walls and uterus can start to contract. The intensity of the contraction varies from one person to the next because bodies are not the same. Sometimes, this stage comes with a grasping-muscular reflex of the feet and hands.
We refer to the last stage as the “cool-off stage” because the body starts cooling down and returns to normal. This means the man’s penis becomes flaccid (soft) and the woman’s vaginal wall and uterus goes back to its normal size.
It’s important to know what’s happening with your body, even during sex. Commonly, you’ll hear myths about keeping your vagina dry so your partner can be pleased, but something like that is absolutely not healthy for you. Remember, your vagina is supposed to release fluids or get bigger during sex and that is perfectly normal.
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