Role of Sexual Desire in Intercourse

 

Although the majority of men are confident they’ve experienced it, the mechanics behind sexual desire are not understood by most people. That being said, the processes that result in sexual arousal and physical desire are a combination of hormonal interaction and physiological fluctuation, culminating in an increased desire for physical intimacy.

Both men and women experience physical arousal similarly, although their bodies undergo drastically different changes. For men, the process of achieving physical arousal suitable for sexual intercourse includes both internal and external changes. These processes can easily be analyzed and studied, allowing men to better understand how they react to physical stimulation prior to sexual intercourse.

Role of Sexual Desire in Intercourse

For both men and women, sex is logistically impossible without adequate physical arousal. These changes in men result in the onset of penile erection, which is the essential “male ingredient” of healthy, positive sex. Testosterone plays a key role in the process of arousal, triggering the redirection of blood to the penis in order to induce an erection.

Formation of Desire

So what leads to desire in men? On a fundamental level, testosterone is the primary driver of male arousal. Testosterone directly influences a man’s sex drive and his passion levels. As men age, reductions in testosterone can cause a man to lose desire for physical intimacy, stunting the arousal process and causing subsequent physical reactions, including the onset of an erection, to occur less frequently.

A Woman’s Good Looks Make all the Difference

Studies have shown that one of the primary external factors that influence their attraction to a potential sexual partner is the physical appearance of the individual in question. Although every man’s aesthetic preferences may differ, their first physical and emotional responses to members of the opposite sex is primarily driven by visual stimulation.

What Attracts Women to Men?

It’s almost impossible to outline the “science” of attraction without delving into a variety of psychological and biological topics. That being said, when viewing attraction based upon established interpersonal trends, we can see that women typically are attracted to men whose interests, lifestyle and socio-economic standing mirror their own, if not surpass it. Although there are, of course, exceptions to this “rule” (any type of “rule” declared in this particular field will obviously be loosely defined), this explanation mirrors the general trends observed in cultures around the world.

Additionally, it’s not uncommon for women to be attracted to men who are at least their age, if not older. Again, it must be noted that there are countless exceptions to this rule. That being said, this observation does comply with the majority of observed relationship patterns. The reasons for this may relate to biological tendencies within women which lead them to actively seek out the best potential “mate,” assuming child rearing were to eventually take place.

There will always be “outliers” to established trends, making definitive statements on matters such as these somewhat dubious. That being said, the information provided above accurately represents current patterns in adults.

The Scent of Attraction

Although visual appeal obviously attracts men to women, research has also shown that our sense of smell can play an important role when locating our future partner. Pheromones, odorless chemicals secreted by the body, can induce a variety of chemical reactions in members of the same species across the entire animal kingdom. In the world of human dynamics, these “stealthy” chemical agents can lead a man to a woman he may not have noticed previously.

The Role of Testosterone

Men who experience strong sexual drive or the desire for physical intimacy can thank their body’s testosterone levels for producing these biological responses to members of the same or opposite sex. Testosterone controls a variety of functions related to procreation, including the triggering of arousal mechanisms and the urge to actively seek out new sexual partners. As testosterone levels decrease, typically with age, men will find themselves losing the desire for sex. Testosterone reductions can also occur in younger men, although this is far less predictable or natural and can be easily treated with hormone replacement therapy.

Conclusion

Although we can isolate and explain the contributing factors to sexual attraction, many men find the “mystery” of sexual attraction to be one of its most seductive features. That being said, using the information provided above, men can gain a more complete knowledge of the science behind their sexual desire and the urge for intimacy that compels them. For men who believe they may have a testosterone deficiency, a medical professional can provide definitive answers as to what may be occurring physiologically, and, if needed, what treatment options are currently available and recommended for their particular situation. The influence of testosterone can be seen throughout a man’s life. This potent chemical messenger remains one of the most powerful hormones in the male anatomy.

 
 
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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.