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Sexual Activities and Behaviors

Treatment Sexual Activities and Behaviors – ETHOS HEALTH CARE

Sexual behavior among the human beings, though biologically linked, is a social phenomenon. Several factors such as culture, religion and economy also influence a person’s sexual preferences and behaviour. It can be defined as a process which requires a number of sequential steps which ultimately lead to the expression of sexuality. The steps may include mate finding, attracting a partner, physical, emotional and sexual contact and finally sexual contact. Sexual activity also encompasses sexual intercourse, oral sex and masturbation. Most people engage themselves in the sexual activity just because they feel sexually attracted towards the partner and some indulge in sexual act just a matter of pity or sympathy.

Normal sexual behaviour generally has three purposes.

  • For reproduction
  • For pleasure
  • To promote or strengthen interpersonal relationships

There are many different types of sexual behaviours.

  • Abstinence – Sexual abstinence means refraining from any sexual stimulation.
  • Masturbation – Masturbation refers to self-stimulation or manipulation of one’s own genitals for sexual pleasure.
  • Coitus – vaginal intercourse is firmly established as the most desirable or usual sexual behaviour.
  • Anal Intercourse – Anal intercourse is a common component of homosexual behaviour but is also a significant heterosexual behaviour.
  • Orogenital Acts – Fellatio refers to mouth contact with the penis. Cunnilingus refers to mouth contact with the female genitalia.These practices may occur singly, alternately or concurrently either as a prelude to coitus or as a discrete act to lead to orgasm.
  • Prostitution – A prostitute or sex worker provides a client with the use of his or her body in return for material gain