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Notes for chapters 3&4
Psychological Basis of Sexuality
Ellen Lee
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Chapter 3 Female Anatomy *The following anatomy in this chapter is representative of cisgender women. Transwomen and  genderqueer people do not necessarily have all the same anatomy.  External Sex organs o Mons Veneris: Skin coving the pubic bone, usually becomes covered with pubic  hair during puberty. o Labia Majora: the folds of skin on the outside of the vulva.  o Labia Minora: the inner folds of skin in the vulva to protect the vaginal opening. o Clitoris: a piece of skin in front the urethral opening, meant for sexual pleasure.  o Vestibule: part of the vulva containing urethral and vaginal openings. o Urethral opening: opening where urine comes out.  o Vaginal opening: opening for intercourse and expands during childbirth o Perineum: Skin between vaginal opening and anus (opening to remove feces).   Internal sex organs o Vestibular bulbs: internal bulbs which collect blood during sexual arousal. o Vagina: tube holding penis during intercourse. Unfertilized eggs are released out  of this tube in the form of blood each month and babies usually pass through this  tube during childbirth (sometimes passed through a surgical incision in the  abdomen).  o Cervix: opening at the bottom of the uterus which expands for childbirth.  o Uterus: Sac in which fertilized eggs are implanted and carried in during  pregnancy. Contains three layers: endometrium, myometrium, and perimetrium.  o Fallopian tubes: tubes linking the uterus to the ovaries. They consist of several  parts: isthmus, ampulla, infundibulum, fimbriae, and cilia. Cutting the fallopian  tubes is the most common form of sterilization.   Ectopic pregnancy: fertilized eggs implanted outside the uterus, usually  in fallopian tubes. o Overies: 2 small organs where eggs are produced, as well as estrogen and  progesterone.   Hysterectomy: removal of uterus and sometimes other parts  Pelvic exam: exam used to test for cancer and other problems.  Breasts: used to feed infants, sexualized in American culture.   Menstrual cycle: cycle lasting about 28 days when an egg is released. If it is not  fertilized, it sheds from the uterus in the form of a blood period. The 4 phases are called  proliferative phase, ovulation, luteal phase, and menstrual phase. Regulation is controlled by hormones. Women are usually most sexually aroused during ovulation.   Menopause: decline of the menstrual cycle and fertilization.   Hormone replacement therapy: helpful for menopausal symptoms, but possess great  amounts of health risk.   Menstrual problems o Dysmenorrhea: cramping before or during menstruation. Most common  problem. o Amenorrhea: absence of menstruation, can be a sign or infertility. o Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): physical pain, cravings, or depression before  the menstrual phase.  Chapter 4 Male anatomy *The following anatomy in this chapter is representative of cisgender men. Transmen and  genderqueer people do not necessarily have all the same anatomy.  External sex organs o Penis: organ use for sex, ejaculation, and urination  Circumcision: surgical removal or the foreskin (flap at end of penis).  Done for religious and/or health practices, commonality varies across  cultures.  American culture places great importance on penis size. However, women  report being more concerned about a man’s communication skills than his  penis size.  o Scrotum: a sac carrying the testicules  Internal sex organs o Testes: oval­shaped organs in the scrotum sac which produce sperm and  testosterone.  o Testosterone: aided by androgens, aids sexual development. Examples: facial  hair, deepened voice. Also found in cisgender women, but in smaller amounts. (In order for transgirls to not go through male puberty, they must take androgen  blockers as well as estrogen hormone to aid female sexual development).  o Sperm: cells with tails which swim in the female after intercourse ejaculation to  fertilize an egg. They also contain chromosomes and determine the biological sex  or their offspring (typically an XX female or XY male combination). o Vas Deferens: a tube carrying sperm from the testis and out the penis for  ejaculation. This tube is the tube cut when a cisgender man undergoes a  vasectomy (preventing sperm from appearing in the semen and fertilizing an egg). o Seminal Vesicle: produces semen o Prostate gland: secretes prostatic fluid o Cowper’s Glands: produce clear fluid sometimes containing sperm. This is why  pulling out is not a very accurate contraceptive method and commonly leads to  unplanned pregnancies.  o Semen: liquid ejaculated containing sperm.   Common health problems o Urethritis: bladder and urethral inflammation o Testicular cancer: cancer in the testis. Self­examination is important for early  detection. o Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Growth of prostate gland from a non­ cancerous tumor: o Prostatitis: inflammation of prostate gland o Prostate cancer: cancer of the prostate gland  Risk factors include age, family history, mutations, and race  A rectal exam is used to diagnose  Sexual functions o Erection: penis enlarges because of blood flow. Erectile dysfunction is when this  fails.  o Spinal reflex: causes erection to occur o Although erection is an automatic cause it can happen when person sees someone  attractive.  o If the spinal cord is damaged, erection can still occur, but the person will not feel  physiological sensations. They can feel psychological sensation from seeing their  partner react.  o Teenagers often have frequent erection, and then these slow with age.  o Ejaculation: a time when semen is released from the penis, containing sperm  (unless a vasectomy has occurred). Begins during puberty and usually happens  sex to impregnate a partner. 


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