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What is the plateau phase of male sexual response?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
The four-stage model for understanding male sexual response is excitement, plateau, orgasm, and response.

After the excitement phase, a man's excitement tends to plateau or level off before he gets even more aroused. During this phase, his body approaches orgasm and he usually has a full erection. As he gets ready to come, his abs and thighs tighten, his hands and feet clench, and his breath gets quicker and more uneven.

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