Dr. Jacquelyn Paykel
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The rapidity of the human sexual response varies dependent upon the situation, the individual and
their overall health.  In general, men climax more quickly than women.  Masters and Johnson, the
famous male/female duo who first studied the female sexual response, wrote about it extensively
from the 1950's - 1980's.  The diagram above illustrates the Masters and Johnson composite
model of the human gender-based sexual response stages of excitement, plateau, orgasm and
resolution.  As Dr. Masters use to say, "Men are like microwaves and women are like slow cookers."
As Masters and Johnson studied the female sexual response, they noted different patterns of
important fact, that a woman's sexual response is not always the same.  As illustrated below, Line
1 depicts the "standard" response, Line 2 demonstrates excitement and plateau stage, no orgasm
and slow resolution, and Line 3 shows a more rapid excitement stage with orgasm reached more
quickly with a rapid resolution stage.    
Female Sexual Response Cycle Variations