What Is Sex , Human Sexuality, Sex Hormones and Sexually Transmitted Hormones

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WHAT IS SEX , HUMAN SEXUALITY, SEX HORMONES AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED HORMONES

Table of Contents
Introduction3
What is human sexuality3
1. Biological dimension………………………………………..4 2. Psychological dimension……………………………………4 3. Sociocultural dimension…………………………………….4 Sex hormones……………………………………………………………5 Human sexual response cycle6

i. Excitement……………………………………………………...7 ii. Plateau………………………………………………………….8 iii. Orgasm…………………………………………………………8 iv. Resolution………………………………………………………9 Sexual dysfunctions……………………………………………………..9 Sexual excitement and orgasm………………………………………..10 Psychological and cultural influence on sex………………………….11 Sexual orientation……………………………………………………...11 How people know their sexual orientation…………………12 Sexually transmitted infections……………………………………….13 Genital herpes………………………………………………..13 a) Gonorrhea…………………………………………………...13 b) Syphilis………………………………………………………14 c) HIV/AIDS……………………………………………………15 References………………………………………………………………17

1. INTRODUCTION
Among human's sexual behaviour extends far beyond the mere lack of copulation between a male and a female resulting in offspring. In most species sexual behaviour principally serves the purposes of reproduction. In humans sexual behaviour in addition to reproduction have evolved it has been shaped and influenced by cultural factors hence varying across cultures and over history. In spite of these powerful cultural influences, biological factors involved in sexual arousal and response are fundamental to human sexual experience and need to be taken into account in our attempts to understand and explain the complexities and problems as well as the positive aspects of the human sexual condition.

2. WHAT IS HUMAN SEXUALITY
Sexuality is defined as the sum of the structural and functional differences by which male and female are distinguished and the manner in which humans experience and express their sexuality. It normally results in sexual arousal and physiological changes in the aroused person, some of which are pronounced while others are more subtle. It also includes conduct and activities which are intended to arouse the sexual interest of another, such as strategies to find or attract partners (mating and display behaviour), and personal interactions between individuals, such as flirting and foreplay. Human sexual behaviour has sociological, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and biological aspects, including physiological processes such as the reproductive mechanism, the sex drive and pathology; sexual intercourse and sexual behaviour in all its forms; and personal bonding and shared emotions during sexual activity. In some cultures, sexual activity is considered acceptable only within marriage, although premarital and extramarital sex are also common. Some sexual activities are illegal either universally or in some countries, and some are considered against the norms of a society. Human sexuality involves the interrelationship of biological, psychological and sociocultural dimensions. 1. BIOLOGICAL DIMENSION

It involves our physical appearance, especially the development of physical sexual characteristics, our responses to sexual responses to sexual stimulation; and our growth and development in general. Although human reproductive function does not begin until puberty, human sexual-erotic functioning begins immediately after birth and lasts a lifetime.

2. PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSION
Although sexual activity is definitely physical, it also involves psychology - or sense of being. A major psychological factor that affects our sexual wellness is body image. A positive self image leads to a feeling of overall wellness whereas a negative self image can lead to drug abuse or psychological disorders e.g. anorexia, bulimia etc.

3. SOCIOCULTURAL DIMENSION
This is the sum of the cultural and social influences that affect our thoughts and actions. The sources of influence include:...
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