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We do not stop to consider half frequently enough the miracles of biological organization and function that the human body represents.

Every system is a miracle of planning in itself, and the sexual system is among the most miraculous of all.

Nothing seems to have been overlooked, even down to the smallest detail, such as the discomfort and pain and the difficulty that could arise if a dry penis were to be put into an equally dry vagina.

I can accept the reasonableness of the erectile mechanism of the penis how inconvenient in our upright stance it would be, to have a permanent erection the apparent, yet entirely justified, lavishness of the semen supply, and the caution which provided two testicles and two ovaries, should one should fail, and I can appreciate fully the sword-sheath arrangement of the penis and vagina.

But I am always awed by the thoroughness that provided both the penis and vagina with lubrication systems.

The woman's lubrication system, as one might expect, is more comprehensive than the man's.

First of all, as soon as the, woman becomes sexually aroused, the walls of the vagina begin to excrete a lubricating fluid. This alone should be sufficient to allow comfortable insertion of the penis.

But as though the inventor knew that men and women would engage in loveplay, and that this loveplay would include manual stimulation of the labia, clitoris, vulva and vagina entrance, these have also been supplied with separate lubrication, and not with one system, but two.

There are Skene's glands which lie just inside and to the back of the woman's urethra, and Bartholin's glands which are situated one on each side of the vagina-entrance, at the base of the inner sex-lips.

male sexual anatomy

Both come into action when the woman becomes sexually aroused. This manifests as extensive vaginal lubrication, which can be the first sign of increasing arousal in a woman. It's a law of attraction - when a woman and man are in a sexual situation, their mutual attraction and arousal is signified by the signs of female lubrication and erection.

However, until Masters and Johnson demonstrated otherwise, it was thought that Bartholin's glands produced the bulk of the volume of female lubrication.

Masters and Johnson found, however, that they produce only one or two drops, and that most of the woman's lubricating fluid comes from the vagina walls. They did not refer to Skene's glands at all.

female sexual anatomy

The man's lubrication system also consists of two sets of glands.

One set is known as Cowper's glands, and is situated at the base of that section of the urethra that runs through the penis, near to the root of the penis, inside the body. They have another function, besides lubricating the penis-head.

The fluid they produce, which is transparent and slippery, is alkaline, and reduces the acidity natural to the urethra, which would, if it were not neutralized by Cowper's gland fluid, kill off many of the sperm before they ever left the penis.

There is also a second set of glands, Littre's glands, which are located along the urethra, and these are also thought to produce lubricating fluid.

Now, with this question of lubrication, as in all other departments of sexual functioning, no two individuals produce the same amounts of lubricating fluids, not only as a regular matter of course, but from one occasion to the next.

Some women's vaginas produce so much fluid that it drips out of them in amounts that can be seen, closely resembling the production of male semen. Other women produce amounts that are more than adequate, but that can be felt rather than seen. Even so, again, the law of attraction applies - women become aroused and lubricate. Men become aroused and they get hard.

Similarly, some men produce lubricating fluid in such quantities that you might think they were ejaculating, except that the lubricating fluid is clear, while semen is cloudy. Others, on the other hand, produce only a few inconspicuous drops.

While most women begin to produce vaginal lubricating fluid and fluid from Bartholin's glands as soon as the clitoris becomes erect, others do not begin to lubricate until they are approaching the point-of-no-return.

Similarly, though some men begin to produce Cowper's gland fluid from the first moment of arousal, others, on the other hand, do not begin to produce any lubricating fluid until a second or two before ejaculation begins.

Since these men are not aware of releasing lubricating fluid at all, they come to the conclusion that they do not.

If neither the woman nor the man produces lubricating fluid during foreplay, it can lead to feelings of failure or inadequacy. They have read in some books that they should, and if they do not respond according to the book, they imagine they have something wrong with them, and get uptight and unresponsive.

But of course great sex is not just about the physical side of things. It's also about the mental side. And by using a few simple techniques you can manifest great sex in both mind and body. For some insight into those techniques you can see how the physiology of arousal plays out between two people who are attracted to each other.

 

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