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Woman Sexuality: History and Current Affairs

What exactly is female sexuality? We can characterize it as a certain set of properties and phenomena that result from gender differences. But it is not that simple. Dr. Müller will explain everything to you.

Introduction

Female sexuality includes anatomical, hormonal and reproductive differences between men and women, as well as the sum of behavioral and emotional manifestations resulting from physical and mental differences between the sexes. We also include reproductive phenomena and activities, erotic manifestations and behavior and different social roles (1).

Female sexuality and time

It is very important to realize that a woman perceives and experiences her sexuality and sex differently at every age.

What ultimately shapes her perception and approach to sex as such comes not only from her own experience, but also from the experience of other individuals with whom she is in contact (family, peers, friendly relationships).

A young girl matures into a woman in the course of several developmental periods, when her sexuality gradually awakens, develops, blossoms and later gradually withers (3).

Most sexual activities in our conditions take place during adulthood, when a woman enjoys sex the most.

Women have sex for many reasons. They engage in it not only out of love, but as with men, even a simple sexual need leads to it.

However, it is necessary to know that the sexual needs of different women are different and highly individual! A specific area is a woman's sexual life during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Female and male principle in sexuality

Women and men are different in sex! It is not only a difference in terms of biologically determined physical characteristics, i.e. a fundamental difference in sexual organs and secondary sexual characteristics, but also psychological differences that play an important role in female sexuality.

Let's remember that women's sexuality was not discussed openly for a long time, it was actually a taboo. For centuries, woman was just a means to satisfy man's sexual needs and a tool for reproduction (4).

In connection with married sex, there was talk of the so-called marital duty, which was often forced by many men. However, a woman has her own sexual needs, which can be completely different from those of a man.

Women can enjoy sex, but they can fear sex and perceive it as a boring marital routine, sex can be a magical experience or it can be perceived by women as a great experiment, women can be overwhelmed and overwhelmed by sex, but they can also be desperate for it desire.

Sex is often a source of rapprochement and deep intimacy for women, but it can also cause pain and alienate you from your partner. So there are fundamental sexual differences between men and women!

For example, sexual pleasure, or orgasm and ejaculation, are innate in men, and men become erotic very quickly.

With the exception of sexual pleasure, women gradually learn.

This is the reason why men desire to have sex more often, unlike women, who require a longer time and a romantic atmosphere and often certain aesthetic conditions for their excitement.

Differences and differing needs can thus become a source of immense relationship problems and frustrations if individual sexual rhythms and preferences are not harmonized between partners (3).

Anatomy of the female genitalia

Vulva anatomy

Depiction of the female reproductive system in a small pelvis

Women sexual functions

The foundation of a woman's satisfactory sexual life and its highest possible quality is based on the undisturbed activity of female sexual functions.

In the overall evaluation of a woman's sexual functioning, the specialist evaluates: sexual desire, excitement, lubrication, orgasm, sexual satisfaction and the occurrence of pain during intercourse.

Sexual desire

Sexual desire can be characterized as an interest in erotic-sexual activities or directly after sexual intercourse (6).

It is somewhat problematic to directly define normal sexual desire, and its origin remains a mystery.

However, loss of sexual desire is one of the first reasons for a woman to visit a doctor. However, factors influencing a woman's sexual desire are known.

Age, education, culture, own gender, lifestyle, hormonal balance, overall health, influence of neurotransmitters and social or even religious influences have a big influence in this area.

From the knowledge so far, it seems that the intensity of sexual desire in women is less strong than in men. While men are practically always ready for sexual activity, a woman needs to feel that she is desired, she desires the desire of another (5).

Female masturbation

Masturbation is also closely related to sexual desire.

Masturbation is a term used to describe an activity associated with touching one's own genitalia and erogenous zones that lead to sexual satisfaction.

Masturbation includes various methods of erotic touch and other stimulation, including the use of erotic aids.

It is actually one of the types of sexual activity.

Masturbation is a good way to get to know your body and your sexual feelings. It is often the result of completely unsatisfied or excessive sexual desire.

Unlike classic sex with a partner, it is completely safe and leads to sexual satisfaction without the risk of pregnancy or acquiring a sexually transmitted disease (9).

It is completely harmless!

Sexual arousal in women

Arousal is a basic sexual emotion (7). Currently, there is often talk about so-called reactive desire and so-called receptivity factors.

Basic spontaneous desire is an indicator of emotional warmth, while reactive desire is the result of sexual stimulation.

The result of proper active sexual stimulation is also excitement in the so-called peripheral area (5).

This is manifested by swelling of the female external genitalia and moistening of both the external genitalia and the vagina. We call low sexual excitement frigidity or, according to the ICD, insufficient experience of sexual pleasure (7).

Lubrication

Lubrication, i.e. the moistening of the external genitalia and vagina of a woman, is closely associated with arousal. It is the main condition for pleasant intercourse.

Insufficient lubrication, especially of the vagina, makes intercourse difficult or leads to unpleasant sensations or even pain during intercourse.

Insufficient lubrication can be solved by a higher level of penetration, either with erotic aids or joint acts, it can also be supplemented with lubricating gels.

Female orgasm

Orgasm is one of the strongest human emotions ever. It is a sensational climax during sexual activities allowing the experience of maximum pleasure.

For women, its achievement is tied to specific stimulation, the quality of the partner relationship and subjective current tuning.

However, many women have difficulty achieving orgasm.

Age is also an important factor that affects the achievement of this emotion.

Up to 1 out of 10 women remain without an orgasm for their entire lives.

We distinguish clitoral orgasm and vaginal orgasm. Some women achieve both types of orgasms, others only one of them (7).

Female ejaculation, or squirt

This is the secretion of fluid from the uterus of a woman when she reaches orgasm.

According to research so far, the source of this fluid is the vagina or the urethra.

However, only a few percent of the population regularly has this experience.

These so-called orgasmic expulsions are evaluated rather positively by women with such experience, as they are associated with a more abundant orgasmic experience.

However, the presence or absence of such an experience is not assessed as a disorder (7).

Sexual satisfaction

Sexual satisfaction, i.e. the sexual satisfaction of women is associated with feelings, deep intimacy and communication with a partner.

In order to love and be sexually satisfied, a woman needs feelings, unlike a man who often needs sex without feelings.

It is necessary to know that reaching orgasm during intercourse does not necessarily mean complete satisfaction with the course of sexual life, because even orgasm can be a source of very negative feelings (7).

Pain during intercourse

Sometimes women may experience discomfort or even pain during intimate intercourse.

The named conditions are caused by the friction arising when the penis penetrates the vagina.

Pain during intimate intercourse fundamentally limits the quality of a woman's sexual life.

The reasons are different. The most common cause is an ongoing gynecological disease, post-operative conditions or disease states of organs in the pelvic area.

The mentioned problem also appears during menopause, when it is caused by a lack of certain female hormones.

Sexual behavior of the Czech female population

Nowadays, sex is no longer taboo for women. All kinds of information regarding this very intimate area of a woman's life is readily available.

Not only is sex education in schools important here, but women actively look for information themselves in libraries or through various online media. Women enjoy and actively develop their sexuality just like men.

They know their needs and want to decide for themselves about their sexuality. They no longer want to conform to old established habits and opinions. They are responsible, protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and control their reproduction (8).

Promoting women's healthy sexuality

It is clear from the above information that not only good physical but also mental health is important for a woman's quality sex life.

It is therefore necessary to take care of a healthy lifestyle, such as overall nutrition, suitable physical activity (sex is often physically demanding) and especially a friendly family environment, the solid foundation of which is a quality partner relationship based on respect, respect and, above all, tolerance.

References

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Author name
PhDr. Jana Müllerová, Ph.D.
Clinical psychotherapist
psychologicka-pomoc.eu

I am a certified psychotherapist, a member of the Czech Association for Psychotherapy and the European Section for Psychotherapy with deep knowledge in the field of psychology, sociology, philosophy and comprehensive rehabilitation of people, sexologist, supervisor and university teacher. I am currently doing research at the 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University.

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