All About Erections: Who knew the penis was so creative?

All About Erections: Who knew the penis was so creative?
By Alison Leigh, MFT


I don’t think penises or penes get a lot of recognition and I feel it’s time to give them a little lift.

Did you know, penises have a very creative outlet? Yes, it’s true. Penises are wonderful waker-uppers, can rise to the occasion without being asked, and even can be super alert on demand!

When most people think about erections, they think of it very simply like a light switch. It only has two directions, on and off. BUT, that is not true! To the contrary, penises have a little more personality than one might think. They are not so simple minded. For example, erections can occur in different phases and the kind of erection can be quite variable.

So, here is a little Psycho-Sexual educational tidbit. As there are stages with orgasm there too are stages for the little bugger. Sorry, big bugger.

It’s important for men and the women who want to please them, that there are different stages (phases) of erections such as Flaccid, Filling, Tumescence , Rigid (engorged). To make things more interesting, not only do men go through phases of erection, they also experience different kinds of erections.

Phases of erection
1. Flaccid
2. Filling
3. Tumescence
4. Rigid (Engorged)

To make things even more interesting, here is a list of the next stages a man’s penis goes through from ground zero to ejaculation!

Stages to Ejaculation
Arousal. Voice inside: “Ummmmm”

The man perceives something or someone that prompts sexual interest, or he just feels that beautiful big bulge in his pants. Either way, that feeling and/or perception prompts the brain to send a signal down the spinal cord to the sex organs, causing an erection. The penis becomes erect when blood fills spongy tissue inside its shaft brought by arteries that have expanded to allow blood to race in at up to 50 times its normal speed. The veins in the penis that normally drain blood out squeeze shut so that more blood remains inside, producing a firm erection. The scrotum pulls towards the body, and muscles throughout the body increase in tension.

Plateau. Voice inside: “Oh, yeah”
The male body prepares for orgasm in this phase, which can last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Muscle tension increases even more and involuntary body movements particularly in the pelvis, begin to take over. The man’s heart rate increases to between 150 and 175 beats per minute. A clear fluid may begin to flow from the urethra. This pre-ejaculatory fluid is meant to change the pH balance of the urethra to improve the chances of sperm survival.

Orgasm. Voice inside: “Fuck Yeah!”
The orgasm itself occurs in two phases, emission and ejaculation. In emission, the man reaches ejaculatory inevitability, the “point of no return.”  Semen is deposited near the top of the urethra, ready for ejaculation. Ejaculation occurs in a series of rapid-fire contractions of the penile muscles and around the base of the anus. Involuntary pelvic thrusting may also occur. The nerves causing the muscle contractions send messages of pleasure to the man’s brain.

Resolution. Voice inside: “Good night baby! (as he rolls over to slumber)
After ejaculation the penis begins to lose its erection. About half of the erection is lost immediately and the rest fades soon after. Muscle tension fades, and the man may feel relaxed or drowsy. Men usually must undergo a refractory period or recovery phase during which they cannot achieve another erection. This usually lasts for about a half hour unless he is asleep already.


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