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Female Sexuality: Understanding Sexual Arousal and Sexual Desire

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Sexual Arousal vs. Sexual Desire

Sexual health is important! Unapparent to the vast majority of individuals, sexual arousal and sexual desire are two completely different aspects of the female sexual cycle that are interdependent upon one another, but connected in many ways. The goal of this article is to define the similarities, differences, and connections between sexual arousal and sexual desire. In addition, specific ways to increase overall sexual arousal and desire will be covered.

The Definition of Sexual Arousal

Sexual arousal is defined as the state of becoming excited, typically from sexual stimulation. The level of sexual arousal is dependent upon the individual and the type, duration, and location of stimulation. Sexual arousal is the beginning stage of the female sexual response cycle, and is the first step toward the overall goal: orgasm/climax. Sexual arousal is an individually based component of overall general sexual health.

The Definition of Sexual Desire

Sexual desire is commonly referred to as libido. It is defined as the baseline wanting of sexual interaction as something that brings enjoyment and satisfaction. It is the feelings of a craving, longing, or yearning of sexual urges in the attainment of sexual activity. Sexual desire is also an individually based component of overall general sexual health.

Sexual Arousal and Sexual Desire: The Connections

There exists a strong correlation between increased sexual desire and increased sexual arousal. Most commonly, the desire of wanting sex (sexual desire) is necessary for the enjoyment of sex (sexual arousal). The divisions of sexual arousal and sexual desire are necessary for understanding where any abnormalities or dysfunctions may exist. These divisions are also necessary for the understanding of good sexual health. Sexual arousal and sexual desire are both necessary components of overall good sexual health, but definitions vary based on individual wants and needs.

Increasing Sexual Arousal

It is important for women to discover the stimulatory techniques that induce sexual arousal. If you do not know what turns you on, how can you expect your partner to know? Sexual arousal is a highly individual concept, but direct stimulation of the clitoris and G-spot (located near the front of the vagina) are commonly necessary. Foreplay can also be a factor for increased amounts of sexual arousal. Physical disorders and malfunctions do exist, but medications and natural remedies are available for aid in such circumstances.

Increasing Sexual Desire

It is also important for women to discover the situations that induce sexual desire. Sexual desire is typically more difficult to treat than sexual arousal. In most females, problems of decreased sexual desire are typically psychological. It is important to note that sex is a perfectly healthy and natural part of life. It is also important to remember that you are beautiful inside and out. If you are not happy with yourself, it will be difficult to thoroughly enjoy and desire sex. There are also physical reasons for decreased sexual desire, and there exist natural remedies for the aid in such circumstances.

Sources:

 http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/arousal

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/desire

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O87-femalesexualarousaldisrdr.html

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2006.00293.x?journalCode=jsm

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