Autoerotic Asphyxiation

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(Scarfing, Sexual Hanging, Hypoxyphilia), also see Choking Fetish

Strangling oneself to heighten sexual pleasure.

This is a sexual practice that we do NOT recommend!

Just in the United States there is one fatality a day blamed upon autoerotic asphyxiation! Some well known celebrity deaths have been linked with this inane practice! People such as singer Michael Hutchence, actor David Carradine and Member of Parliament for Eastleigh (1994) Stephen Milligan

Autoerotic Asphyxiation or breath control play is the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for the purpose of increasing sexual stimulation.

Quotes

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 feelings of giddiness, lightheadness, and pleasure, all of which will heighten masturbatory sensations."

The author George Shuman describes the effects of Autoerotic Asphyxiation in this way; "When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it induces a lucid, semi-hallucinogenic state called Hypoxia. Combined with orgasm, the rush is said to be no less powerful than cocaine, and highly addictive."

On the subject of the hallucinogenic states brought on by chronic hypoxia, Dr. E L Lloyd notes that they may be similar to the hallucinations experienced by climbers at altitude.

History

The practice of Autoerotic Asphyxiation has been documented since the early 1600's. It was first used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. The idea for this most likely came from subjects who were executed by hanging. Observers at public hangings noted that male victims developed an erection, sometimes remaining after death, and occasionally they would even cum whilst being hanged.

Practice

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, gas or volatile solvents, chest compression, or some combination of all.
The practice can be dangerous even if performed with care and has resulted in a significant number of accidental deaths. It has been estimated, that, there could be anything from 250 to 1000 deaths per year, from Autoerotic Asphyxiation, in the United States alone. There are reports from most other countries as well.

Accidental death

Deaths often occur when the loss of consciousness caused by partial asphyxia leads to a loss of control over the means of strangulation, resulting in continued asphyxia and ultimately 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.

Autoerotic Asphyxiation has, at times, been incorrectly diagnosed as murder and especially so when a partner is present. It has been thought by some, that, some hospitals have teaching units specifically designed to educate doctors in the correct diagnosis of the condition.

Famous fatality cases

  • Peter Anthony Motteux, English author, playwright, translator, publisher and editor of The Gentleman's Journal, "the first English magazine," from 1692 to 1694, died from apparent autoerotic asphyxiation in 1718, which is probably the first recorded case.
  • Frantisek Kotzwara, composer, is thought to have died from erotic asphyxiation in 1791.
  • Sada Abe, killed her lover, "Kichizo Ishida", through erotic asphyxiation in 1936, proceeding to cut off his penis and testicles and carry them around with her in her handbag for a number of days. The case caused a sensation in 1930s Japan and has remained one of the most famous Japanese murder cases of all time.
  • Albert Dekker, stage and screen actor, was found dead in his bathroom in 1968 with his body graffitised and a noose around his neck.
  • Stephen Milligan, a British politician and Conservative MP for Eastleigh, was believed to have died from Autoerotic Asphyxiation combined with self-bondage in 1994. BBC News report, 8 Feb 1994
  • Kevin Gilbert, a musician and songwriter, died of apparent Autoerotic Asphyxiation in 1996.
  • Michael Hutchence, Australian singer-songwriter and member of rock band INXS. His death was ruled as suicide by the coroner but was believed to be the result of Autoerotic Asphyxiation. BBC News report, 22 Nov 1997
  • David Carradine died on June 4, 2009 from accidental asphyxiation, according to the medical examiner who performed a private autopsy on the actor CNN news report

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