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Autoerotic Asphyxia

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Erotic Asphyxiation, Autoerotic Asphyxiation or Autoerotic Asphyxia, is a fetish that is used as an aid in masturbation and, more often than not, is practiced by men. It is very dangerous, yet is fairly common throughout the western world.

About Autoerotic Asphyxia

Autoerotic Asphyxia is known by many names, including Breath Control Play, Erotic Asphyxiation and Ayposyphilia. It is a sexual practice that is often used in conjunction with masturbation and involves cutting off the air supply to the brain. The rush of carbon dioxide can act like a drug, increasing well-being, lightheadedness and feelings of euphoria. The brain enters a state of hypoxia when oxygen is reduced and this is what produces the effects desired by those who practice Erotic Asphyxiation.

Erotic Asphyxiation can be performed using a number of self-suffocation techniques, including hanging, ligatures, solvent use or plastic bags. In many cases devices that have been created specially for the act are used by regular practitioners.

Health Issues and Risks of Autoerotic Asphyxiation

Erotic Asphyxiation is a predominately male fetish and is used as an aid or an addition to masturbation. It is an incredibly dangerous practice (even if perfumed with care) and has caused many accidental deaths. The actor David Carradine is alleged to have died from Erotic Asphyxiation in 2009, and Ariel Castro, famous for abducting three women in Cleveland, Ohio, and keeping them prisoner for many years, is also alleged to have met his demise whilst performing Erotic Asphyxiation in his jail cell.

The vast majority of deaths associated with Erotic Asphyxiation have been with men in their early twenties, but both seniors and teenagers have died performing this act. In 1981 Troy Daniel Dunaway, a 14 year old boy, died performing the act. His mother, Diane Herceg, claimed that he performed it following an article that was printed in Hustler magazine. In 1985 she sued the magazine and was awarded $182.000 in damages.

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