Erotic asphyxiation variously called asphyxiophiliahypoxyphilia or breath control play is the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for the purposes of sexual arousal.
The term autoerotic asphyxiation is used when the act is done by a person to themselves. Colloquially, a person engaging in the activity is sometimes called a gasper. The erotic interest in asphyxiation is classified as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Plasic suffocation fetish the American Psychiatric Association.
Author John Curra wrote, "The carotid arteries on either side of the neck carry oxygen -rich blood from the heart to the brain. When these are compressed, as in strangulation or hanging, the sudden loss of oxygen to the brain and the accumulation of carbon dioxide can increase Plasic suffocation fetish of giddiness, lightheadedness, and pleasure, all of which will heighten masturbatory sensations. Author George Shuman describes the effect as such, "When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it induces a lucid, semi-hallucinogenic state called hypoxia.
Combined with orgasmthe rush is said to be no less powerful than cocaine, and highly addictive. Concerning hallucinogenic states brought about by chronic hypoxia, Dr.
E L Lloyd notes that they may be similar to the hallucinations experienced by climbers at altitude. He further notes that no such state occurs in hypoxia brought about by sudden aircraft decompression at altitude.
These findings suggest to him that they do not arrive purely from a lack of oxygen. Upon examining the studies on hypoxia he found that "abnormalities in the cerebral neurochemistry involving one or more of the interconnected neurotransmittersdopamineserotoninand beta-endorphin had been reported in all the conditions associated with hallucinations.
Historically, the practice of autoerotic asphyxiation has been documented since the early 17th century. It was first used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Observers at public hangings noted that male victims developed an erectionsometimes remaining after death a death Plasic suffocation fetishand occasionally ejaculated when being hanged.
However, post-mortem ejaculation occurs in hanging victims after death because of disseminated muscle relaxation; this is a different mechanism from that sought by autoerotic asphyxiation practitioners. Various methods are used to achieve the level of oxygen depletion needed, such as a hanging, suffocation with a plastic bag over the head, self- strangulation such as with a ligaturegas or volatile solvents, chest compression, or some combination of these.
Deaths often occur when the loss of consciousness caused by partial asphyxia leads to loss of control over the means of strangulation, resulting in continued asphyxia and death.
While often asphyxiophilia is incorporated into sex with a partner, others enjoy this behaviour by themselves, making it potentially more difficult to get out of dangerous situations. In some fatality cases, the body of the asphyxiophilic individual is discovered naked or with genitalia in hand, with pornographic material or sex toys present, or with evidence of having orgasmed prior to death. This can have the consequence of making the death appear to Plasic suffocation fetish a deliberate suicide, rather than Plasic suffocation fetish accident.
Plasic suffocation fetish great majority of known erotic asphyxial deaths are male; among all known cases in Ontario and Alberta from toonly one out of cases was female.
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Autoerotic asphyxiation has at times been incorrectly diagnosed as murder and especially so when a partner is present. Lawyers and insurance companies have brought cases to the attention of clinicians because some life insurance claims are payable in the event of accidental death, but not suicide.
The sensational nature of autoerotic asphyxiation often makes it the subject of urban legends. It has also been mentioned specifically in a number of works of fiction.
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