Autoerotic asphyxiation is a dangerous fetish that is gaining popularity among young people. It involves strangulation for sexual arousal and is often associated with nontraumatic orbital subperiosteal hemorrhage (NTSOH).
The practice is often done without the consent of the victim. It can also pose significant health risks, including death from asphyxia. Harm reduction can help limit these dangers.
It is a form of sexual arousal
Autoerotic asphyxiation is an extreme form of sexual arousal and has been the cause of many deaths. This practice is not only dangerous to the person practicing it but also to those around him. The majority of victims are men between the ages of 14 and 59. It is a common practice in some kink groups, and the word is spread by mouth and in pornographic and non-pornographic films and books.
Despite the risk, people continue to practice it as part of their kink lifestyle. The act can be done by tying oneself up in some way and then engaging in masturbation or sex. Often, people use a rope or belt and attach it to a door knob or pipe. This restricts blood flow to the brain, and causes blood vessels in the neck to congest. This leads to a feeling of lightheadedness and intensifies erotic pleasure for the participant.
Another popular way to engage in erotic asphyxiation is choking oneself. This is a fetish known as breath control play and falls under the category of BDSM, which includes bondage, discipline, and sadism. People choking themselves for sexual arousal can use their hands, plastic wrap, or even specialized BDSM devices like hoods for breath play. It is important to note that choking someone for sexual arousal can be dangerous, and it may lead to serious complications like nontraumatic orbital subperiosteal hemorrhage.
It is a form of masochism
Autoerotic asphyxiation is a dangerous and sometimes deadly form of sexual masochism in which people restrict their own oxygen supply for erotic pleasure. It is often practiced by young adults and is a popular activity in pornographic movies and books. People who do this may feel that they are not receiving enough pleasure from their other sex activities and want to increase the intensity of their orgasms by restricting their air intake. However, it is not recommended to try this at home as the death rate from erotic asphyxia is estimated to be between 250 and 1,000 per year.
The most common method for suffocating oneself in this way is to loop a belt around the neck. Other methods include tying a cloth or pillowcase around the nose and mouth. The danger is that if the person’s head goes limp, it can tighten ligatures around the neck and cause asphyxiation and death.
It is important to note that although erotic asphyxiation can be life-threatening, those who do this are not suicidal. They are attempting to experience a sensation that is both intense and euphoric, and many people claim that it gives them the sexual thrill they seek. However, a case of nontraumatic orbital subperiosteal hemorrhage (NTSOH) in a 29-year-old woman who died from erotic asphyxiation indicates that this activity can also cause serious complications.
It is a form of self-harm
The practice of autoerotic asphyxiation (EA) is a dangerous, possibly deadly form of sexual masochism. It involves sexual arousal through solitary or assisted suffocation. It was recently classified as a psychiatric disorder, namely “asphyxiophilia,” in DSM-5. Despite the danger, many people engage in this destructive behavior. A new documentary titled “Erotic Asphyxiation” chronicles the cases of seven people who died as a result of this dangerous behavior.
EA is a risky activity that can lead to permanent damage to the heart and larynx, which may cause death. It is a popular form of kink that is rarely discussed in mainstream media and is often depicted in pornography. There are no ways to practice EA that do not carry risks. However, harm reduction techniques are available to lower the risk of a fatal accident.
Currently, most AEA deaths are reported as suicides or homicides. However, most of these deaths are actually accidents that occurred during sexual activities. Moreover, most of these cases involve young white men. Consequently, the legal interpretation of AEA is not straightforward and varies from state to state. However, insurance policies with accidental death and dismemberment coverage typically classify AEA as an injury rather than a suicide or homicide. It is important to consult an experienced insurance attorney for advice regarding this sensitive issue.
It is a form of suicide
Known as autoerotic asphyxiation, it is a dangerous and potentially deadly form of sexual masochism that involves the practice of restricting oxygen to one’s head. This is usually done in the company of a partner, but it can also be practiced alone. This type of sex play is not widely discussed in mainstream media and is not portrayed in a safe way in pornography. Those who engage in this behavior can face severe health risks including cardiac arrest and brain damage from lack of oxygen.
In most cases, death occurs from the pressure of the neck on the carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain. Symptoms include a hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, and a loss of consciousness. Death can occur after a period of time ranging from a few minutes to several days. The practice of choking for sexual pleasure has increased in recent years. It is most commonly seen in pornography and is also common among people with certain mental health conditions, such as depression.
The practice of erotic asphyxiation has received new attention in the medical community and has recently been included in the DSM-5 under the category of asphyxiophilia, a psychiatric disorder characterized by sexual arousal through solitary suffocation. The majority of deaths from this practice are caused by hanging, although other methods include ligature and a combination of these.