THE FEMALE GENITAL ORGANS: EXTERNAL GENITAL ORGANS – THE RECEPTOR FUNCTION
THE RECEPTOR FUNCTION is similar to the receiving station of a power-house. Just as electricity is generated at the power-house and then transmitted to the receiving station, in the same way the sexual power-house is in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain situated at the base of the skull. It is the seat of our emotions and the headquarters of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The hypothalamus is intimately connected with the pituitary, a tiny gland about the size of a large pea, situated at the base of the brain and located inside the skull. The pituitary is the most important gland in our body and is rightly termed the leader of the 'endocrine orchestra'.
The pituitary is the master regulator of our body and is also the self-starter of the sexual machinery. Just as the car engine starts when you press the self-starter, similarly the pituitary gland is the starter of the sexual motor—you are 'turned on'. The receiving station of the female sexual power-house is the clitoris. It receives messages from the breasts when the male partner is fondling them or when the finger is stimulating it or during indirect stimulation of the clitoris in sexual intercourse. The vaginal opening is far from the clitoris. In the normal man-on-top position, obviously the" penis cannot directly stimulate the clitoris. The method of indirect stimulation was first observed by Dr. Masters and Mrs. Johnson in their sex laboratory. The vagina is like a barrel and the penis moves to and fro in it like a piston during intercourse. The labia minora can be compared to a crank-shaft moving up and down at right angles to the penis. When the penis is thrust in, the labia minora are pulled down resulting is sliding of the prepuce over the glans. When the penis withdraws, the labia minora move up and so does the prepuce, uncovering the clitoral glans.
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