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The female sexual response is the series of feelings and physical sensations a woman has when she is sexually aroused. Every woman has her own sexual response pattern, which is likely to change over her lifetime.
Emotionally, the healthy sexual response includes feelings of desire, arousal or excitement, and then satisfaction. Many women do not feel desire until they are stimulated enough to become aroused.
Physically, a sexually aroused woman feels:
For a woman who has suffered abuse, it is common for the sexual response to be mixed with, or blocked by, fear, shame, anxiety, anger, or physical pain.
Current as of: November 8, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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