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Understanding Sexual Flush: What it is and why it happens during sex

Have you ever experienced a sudden rush of heat and redness during or after sex? Don’t worry; it’s probably sexual flush and it’s entirely natural!

Recently, a client of mine, D, asked me if she was allergic to sex due to a rash she noticed on her neck and chest during a sexual encounter. However, what D experienced was not an allergic reaction but a sexual flush, a typical bodily response to sexual stimulation. In this blog post, we’ll delve deeper into the sexual response cycle and explain why sexual flush is nothing to be worried about.

During our consultation, D explained that she noticed little red splotches on the right side of her neck that went down to her chest, which she found bothersome. Her boyfriend found it cute, but D was still worried about it. So, what’s going on here?

A body with red skinSexual flush is a natural part of the sexual response cycle

Well, my friends, let me introduce you to a natural part of the sexual response cycle: sexual flush. This is what D experienced during sex. Sexual flush is a typical bodily response in some people more prominently than others. It’s a sign that your body is functioning correctly and reacting to sexual stimulation.

The sexual response cycle has several phases, from “vague stirring” or attraction to the final resolution phase. During the excitement and plateau phases, the body experiences heat throughout, especially in the groin area, and other physical signs such as wetness, color changes in the genitals, swelling of the vulva tissue, breast swelling, and nipple erection.

At orgasm, the body experiences a release of sexual tension, including rapid and heavy breathing, darkening of the genitals, opening of the vaginal canal, increased sensations, wetness, and sometimes curling of the toes, and the spread of a sexual flush.

So, dear readers, if you experience a sexual flush during sex, don’t fret.

It’s completely normal and a sign that your body is functioning properly.

The flush occurs due to increased blood flow to the skin during arousal, causing a temporary reddening of the neck, chest, and sometimes the face. It’s more noticeable in people with lighter skin tones, but it can happen to anyone.

So instead of viewing it as a nuisance, try to embrace it as a pleasurable ending to sex. This phenomenon could also have led to folks saying, “I’m so hot for you!” Just saying.

Embrace your body’s natural responses

Remember, sex is a beautiful and natural part of life, and there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about your body’s responses.

Sexual flush is a sign that you’re fully engaged in the moment and enjoying the experience. It’s a beautiful thing!

If you find that the flush is particularly pronounced or bothersome, there are a few things you can do to minimize its appearance. Staying hydrated, keeping the room cool, and using a light moisturizer on the affected areas can help. However, there’s no need to go out of your way to hide or suppress it.

Remember, everyone’s body responds differently to sexual stimulation. Some people may experience a more noticeable flush than others, while some may not experience it at all. It’s all part of the wonderful diversity of human sexuality.

Sexual flush means you’re having a great time

Sexual flush is a common and natural part of the sexual response cycle. It’s nothing to be worried about or ashamed of. If you experience it, embrace it as a sign that your body is functioning correctly and enjoying the moment.

The next time you or your partner notice a little redness during sex, don’t panic. Sexual flush is just your body’s way of saying, “Hey, I’m having a great time!” Enjoy the experience, and don’t let self-consciousness hold you back from fully immersing yourself in the pleasures of intimacy.

So, embrace your sexual self and enjoy the beautiful and natural experience of sex, including the wonderful sexual flush. If you have any concerns or questions, I’m here to support you.

You deserve to have a fulfilling and satisfying sex life. Now, go out there and have fun!

Dr. Patti Britton

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