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Overview Of Sexual Pleasure – Factors That Affect Sexual Fulfillment!

Sexual pleasure can be termed as physical or psychological gratification derived from shared or solitary erotic experiences. These experiences include thoughts, fantasies, dreams, emotions, and feelings. These can be different from person to person. There are several key enabling factors for pleasure like consent, safety, privacy, and communication.

Having sex is good for your mental and physical health. It doesn’t need to be between two people to have all these health benefits, doing it solo or masturbating could give you the same effects. Having an orgasm will make your body release endorphins which block pain and makes you feel good. Sexual pleasure will give you better sleep, better self-esteem, fitness, reduced stress and tension, and it promotes a longer life. 

A Comprehensive Guide To Sexual Satisfaction – How To Improve Sexual Pleasure?

There are different kinds of sex or sexual pleasure and these include vaginal sex, oral sex, anal sex, fingering, hand job, dry humping, genital rubbing, and masturbation. An orgasm happens when you reach the peak of sexual arousal and it generally feels good. 

Vaginal sex is putting a penis inside a vagina. It depends on person to person whether they like it or not. Anal sex is putting a penis inside the anus and just like vaginal sex, some may find it pleasurable while some may not. It is perfectly fine to like or not like, they are all your personal preferences and they should not be forced. While doing anal you should use lubes as the anus wouldn’t produce any naturally. Oral sex otherwise known as a blow job or eating out is the process of using one’s mouth to stimulate the other person’s genitals. It is totally normal to like or dislike it or to like just giving or getting it.       

How To Improve Sexual Pleasure

You can bring several little additions, improvements, or changes into your sex life to have better sexual experiences. Be more adventurous, try being more naughty, and do things you haven’t tried before like making love in the forest, on the floor of your home, or watching erotic movies together. The excitement these things bring about in your sex life could be really beneficial. Be more sensual by creating an ambiance or environment that induces arousal or sexual feelings. Use this increased sensual awareness while making love. Be more playful, lighten the mood, and let out the child in you by tickling or making each other laugh. Be more creative by employing various changes to your usual way of doing things like the time, place, or position.      

Sexual anatomy refers to external and internal sexual organs like the vulva penis, uterus, and seminal vesicle. Each person has a different sexual anatomy as their genitals are unique. Vulva, mons pubis, and anus are external parts of the female anatomy. The vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, fimbriae, ovaries, Bartholin’s glands, skene’s glands, hymen, and G spot are the internal parts of female sexual anatomy. 

Penis, anus, and scrotum make up the external sex anatomy of males. The penis is made of tissues that get filled with blood during arousal to be hard or erect. The average size of an adult erect penis is around 5 to 7 inches long and some may have it straight while others will have it bent. A penis is made of the glans, shaft, foreskin, and frenulum. The internal parts of male sex anatomy are made of testicles, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate gland, Cowper’s glands, urethra, and cremaster.

Female Sexual Anatomy 

Sexual anatomy includes your internal and external sex or reproductive organs. The external organs of female sexual anatomy include the vulva, mons pubis, and anus. The vulva includes the labia, clitoris, vaginal opening, and the opening to the urethra.

  • Labia

Labia can be divided into two, the labia majora, or the outer lips, and labia minora, or the inner lips. These are folds of skin around the vaginal opening. The outer lips are usually covered in pubic hair. Labia can be different for different people, it may vary in color from pink to brownish-black, or it may even change with age. Some may have larger inner lips while others may have larger outer lips. Both of these swell when turned on and are sensitive.  

  • Clitoris

The clitoris is made of spongy tissue which gets swollen as blood rushes in when one’s turned on. It has more nerve endings than any other part of the human body. The size varies from as small as a pea to the size of a thumb. The purpose of this organ is to make one feel good.

  • Opening of urethra

It is through the urethral opening, one urinates. It is a tiny hole located just below the clitoris.

  • Opening of vagina

It is through the vaginal opening that menstrual blood leaves the body and babies are born. It is located right under the urethral opening.

  • Mons pubis

The mons pubis is an inverted triangle-shaped cushion of fatty tissue covered in skin and pubic hair. It lies above the vulva and helps in cushioning the pelvic bone.

  • Anus

The anus is the butt hole or the opening to your rectum. It is through which our body excretes solid waste. It contains lots of sensitive endings and some can get sexual pleasure through anal stimulation.

The internal organs of the female sexual anatomy include the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, fimbriae, ovaries, Bartholin’s glands, hymen, g spot, and skene’s glands.  

  • Vagina

The vagina is a muscular tube that connects the vulva to the cervix. It acts as a passageway for blood and mucosal tissue from the uterus during periods. This acts as a passageway during childbirth. 

  • Cervix

The cervix is the lower part of the womb that joins the upper part of the vagina. It is located in between the vagina and uterus and divides the two. This stretches during childbirth, it protects the upper genital tract by preventing bacteria and other things from entering by acting as a gateway. 

  • Uterus 

The uterus also known as the womb is where the fetus grows during pregnancy. The lower part of this organ lifts towards the belly button during arousal and this process is called tenting. 

  • Fallopian tubes

Fallopian tubes are the two long slender tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus. It helps in carrying the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus and sperm travels through them to fertilize the eggs.

  • Fimbriae

Fimbriae are finger-like structures present on each fallopian tube. It helps in sweeping the egg released by the ovaries into the fallopian tubes.  

  • Ovaries

Ovaries produce an ovum or egg that travels down the fallopian tube and gets fertilized by a sperm. There are two of them and are found on each side of the body. They also produce hormones that play a major role in menstrual cycles and fertility.

  • Bartholin’s glands

The Bartholin’s glands are found on each side of the vagina and they help in lubrication. The mucus released by these glands helps in smoother genital penetration during intercourse.

  • Skene’s glands

Skene’s glands are two glands located on each side of the urethra. It secretes a liquid that lubricates the urethra opening and this substance is also known to act as an antimicrobial. These glands are also known as lesser vestibular glands.

  • Hymen

The hymen is a layer of mucosal tissue that is present in the opening of the vagina. It may break due to vigorous exercise or movements if not it will break during the first penetration.

  • G spot 

The  Gräfenberg spot or the G spot is an erogenous zone inside the vagina. It is found to be sensitive to some stimulation resulting in a more intense orgasm or release of more lubrication. This is not the same for all because some may find it painful or unpleasant.

Male Sexual Anatomy 

The external organs of male sexual anatomy include the penis, scrotum, and anus. Penises are mainly of two types: circumcised and uncircumcised. The average size of an adult erect penis is about 5 to 7 inches long.

All penises have the same parts and these are listed below:

  • Glans

The glans is the head of the penis and it has the opening of the urethra. It is through this opening semen comes out as well as urine. It is generally sensitive to most men. 

  • Shaft

The shaft extends from the tip or the glans to the lower belly where it connects. This looks like a tube and houses the urethra.

  • Foreskin

The foreskin covers the head and protects it. When you are hard the skin pulls back and exposes the tip or the head. 

  • Frenulum

The frenulum is found on the underside of the head and it’s the part where the foreskin meets the bottom of the penis. 

  • Scrotum

The scrotum or commonly known as the ball sack that is found right under the penis contains testicles and helps in maintaining the right temperature. It is a very sensitive area and most people like it to be gently touched during sex. 

  • Anus

Anus also known as butthole is the opening to the rectum through which the body excretes solid waste. It has a lot of sensitive nerve endings and some people find its stimulation sexually pleasurable.

The internal organs of the male sexual anatomy include testicles, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate gland, Cowper’s glands, urethra, and cremaster.

  • Testicles

Testicles, more commonly known as balls are two glands that produce sperm and testosterone and these are present inside the scrotum.

  • Epididymis

The epididymis is a narrow and tightly coiled tube where sperm matures and is stored. It is attached to each of the testicles and it connects them to the vas deferens.  

  • Vas Deferens 

Vas Deferens or the sperm duct is a long muscular tube that transports sperm to the ejaculatory duct for ejaculation. There are two vas deferens, one for each testicle. 

  • Seminal Vesicles

The seminal vesicles produce a fluid called semen, in which sperm moves around. These are present below the bladder.

  • Prostate Gland

The prostate is a golf ball-sized gland found between the bladder and penis. It produces a fluid that nourishes the sperm. 

  • Cowper’s glands

Cowper’s glands are also known as bulbourethral glands. These are small pea-sized glands present near the prostate gland. It produces a thick mucus called precum and it helps in the smooth flow of semen and also neutralizes traces of acidic urine in the urethra.

  • Urethra 

The urethra is a tube that transports urine from the bladder. It also carries pre-ejaculate and semen.

  • Cremaster

The cremaster is a paired muscle that helps in moving the scrotum toward the body. This action helps in maintaining the temperature during cold times. This can also happen when you are aroused. 

Tips for better sex

There are various methods you can follow to boost your sexual experience. Let us look into some of these tips that could make your sexual life a bit more interesting.

  • Learn more: There are plenty of materials like books and videos available out there that could provide you with more insights, techniques, and exercises to help you and your partner improve the experience. If you find communicating your desires directly through talking you can show it to them through these materials.
  • Touch more: Even the mere presence of your loved one close to you can stimulate the cuddle hormones in you. This will help you in establishing physical intimacy without feeling stressed or pressured. You can express to your partner how you want to be touched.
  • Note down fantasies: Making a list of the things you love to do or be done to you will reduce the communication gap considerably. You can learn what pleasures your partner has and provide them. 
  • Use of lubrication: Vaginal dryness can result in painful intercourse this can be prevented by using lubricating products like liquids and gels.   
  • Workout for increased stamina: There are specific workouts for men and women that will make you feel stronger during sex. This will increase your stamina and mobility and make your sex great. 
  • Take time, don’t rush: Spend more time on foreplay and put more attention to aftercare. Give yourself enough time to get turned on, don’t rush anything.
  • Try various positions: There are several different positions for having sex, instead of just having it only one way try all options. This would increase sexual pleasure.

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