Erotic asphyxiation is one of those sexual practices that have caught the imagination of many people. A daring few people also try it – and regularly! The actual thrill of this practice comes from cutting off the air supply to a certain point which is supposed to cause a certain level of sexual arousal. There is a variety of other names for this practice as well. These include hypoxyphilia and asphyxiophilia.
“Erotic asphyxiation” also tends to be the general term for the practice. The masturbatory technique, whereby the individual does it to themselves, is known as “autoerotic asphyxiation”.
Is Erotic Asphyxiation Dangerous?
Yes! Of course, it is… and that’s why a lot of people find it so exciting and thrilling. There is the added element of danger thrown in there which is something that a lot of people appear to find arousing. If you are going to try it out, it is best to speak to someone who is already quite experienced and practiced in the area. There is a lot that can go wrong and therefore it is important to have the best expert advice available. What would also be recommended is that you have someone nearby who knows how to do CPR. In addition, having the emergency services on speed dial is probably also a good idea… After all, when it comes to something like this, you can never be too careful!
The Physiology of Erotic Asphyxiation
Generally speaking, strangulation or hanging will cause a sudden loss of oxygen flowing to the brain. The loss of oxygen then has a knock-on effect which involves a build-up of carbon dioxide. This, in turn, leads to feelings such as giddiness, pleasure, and light-headedness. This, in turn, will heighten the sensations that one feels during sex and/or masturbation.
According to some people, the rush that one experiences during orgasm can be highly addictive. In some cases, it may also be possible to induce hallucinogenic states in the mind whilst doing this which can further help to increase the general pleasure and sensation of it.
What Methods are Used?
The methods used to induce this state can vary depending on the practices. Many of these practices are related to the BDSM community as a whole. One of the most common methods that people will use is a form of controlled strangulation. Controlled strangulation means knowing how to tie knots properly and in a way that there is a sort of “safety catch”… If this is something that interests you, then you’ll have to take the time to learn how to do it properly so that you’re in no danger.
Communities and Information
If you would like more information on the subject then make sure to ask around in forums. People tend to be a lot more open online about things like this and you will usually find more information about erotic asphyxiation on these forums. Make sure to read all the information and educate yourself beforehand, and compare the notes that you get!