This phase involves feelings, thoughts and sensations. They make one to become receptive and seek sexual experience, dreams and fantasies (Halter & Varcarolis, 2014). It is mainly a psychological situation that makes an individual want to attain sexual goals. Scholars found that it decreased with increasing age. Sexual desire has some importance as listed by different scholars; for example, in females, it is proven that sexual desire contributes to success in reproduction. Sexual desire fluctuates with the menstrual cycle. During the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, probability in sexual activities increases.
Sex desire improves a person’s health and thus enhances the quality of life. For example, it is proven that sexual desire reduces the possibility of getting the erectile dysfunction (Williams & Wilkins, 2015). It also helps an individual to enjoy the sex intercourse and thus provides satisfaction to both partners and thus enhancing their relationship.
Sex desire in men helps them in proving their masculinity. It is proven that men are provided with more hormones than women thus their desire is also said to be high. Low libido is also associated with low sex desire, so psychologists have concluded that factors that lead to depression results to low libido, which is caused by low sex desire.
Low sex desire can lead to breakage of a relationship. People are encouraged to proper healthy lifestyles. This phase should be added in human sexuality because it can help individuals to seek counseling or treatment to the psychosexual therapy before the problem develops to be worse or bring about relationship breakage.
Kaplan’s argument that the desire phase should be included in the human sexuality should be supported. It does not mean that the Masters and Johnson model is wrong but as the other stages involve genital organs the desire phase mainly involves sensation that motivates individual into sex activities (Sadock, Kaplan & Sadock, 2007).
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