Sexuality Now Study Set 2

Psychology

Quiz 5 :

Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology

Quiz 5 :

Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology

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Do you think that PMS really exists? Provide a rationale for your answer.
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The premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are real physiological manifestations which occur as physical discomfort about one or two weeks before the occurrence of periods in women.
A rationale for existence of PMS is the changing levels of hormones during the menstrual cycle in women. These hormonal changes have significant impact on the physiological and psychological aspects, thus leading to PMS.

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If you are heterosexual or a lesbian, how would you feel about engaging in sex during menstruation? Why do you think you feel this way? Trace how these feelings may have developed.
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Indulging in sex during menstruation would evoke negative feeling for most individuals. This is influenced largely due to personal preferences and opinions though there is no scientific basis to discourage sex during menstruation. These feelings would have developed due to cultural, religious, and traditional views on sexuality which have created a strong impression in one's mind.

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What were the early messages that you received (as a man or a woman) about menstruation? Did you receive any information about it when you were growing up? What do you wish would have been done differently?
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Being in a developed society, the early messages received about menstruation were adequate for understanding the phenomenon and for preparedness. Similarly, the information and guidance received during the growing-up period also were informative.

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If you are a woman, have you ever practiced a breast self-exam? If so, what made you decide to perform one? If you have never performed one, why not? If you are a man, do you encourage the women in your life to perform breast self-exams? Why or why not?
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