The Erect Effect
Like so many other topics having to do with human sexuality, the erection of a penis is a concept that has been grossly oversimplified! Author of the book #sexualhealing, Barbara Keesling describes four stages of the erection process:
💡Initiation – the initial response to sexual stimuli. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💦Filling – blood begins to flow into the penis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌽Rigidity – five valves in the blood vessels at the base of the penis close, creating a certain level of firmness.
🍆Maintenance – the state in which the penis is able to maintain a level of firmness.
It’s important to know that the erection process is impacted by biological (overall health, medications, etc.), psychological (worries about performance or judgment from partner, etc.), and relational influencers (emotional/physical safety with partner, etc.), amongst others – all of which can lead to someone having difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection.
The more you know!