What do males and females have in common in terms of their sexual response cycles?

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While there are important differences in the male and female sexual response cycles, there are many things about them that are the same.  There are significant similarities in some of the physical responses.  Males and females also go through the same four phases in their sexual response cycles.

Males and females both have sexual response cycles with four phases.  These phases are excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.  The fact that the cycles have the same phases shows that male and female sexual response cycles are important in similar ways.

The male and female sexual response cycles are necessarily different in some ways because of the obvious fact that males and females have different anatomies.  However, this does not prevent men and women from having many of the same sorts of responses during the phases of the sexual response cycle.  For example, for both men and women, blood pressure and muscular tension tend to increase as the body moves into excitement, through plateau, and into orgasm.  For both men and women, there is increased blood flow to the genital area.  For both men and women, there are rhythmic contractions in various muscles during orgasm. 

While there are many differences between male and female sexual responses, the basics of the sexual response cycle are similar for both sexes.

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