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Autoerotic Asphyxiation

by: Amy Otis, RN

Autoerotic Asphyxiation

Autoerotic asphyxiation is the induction of cerebral anoxia—a deficiency of oxygen in the brain—through self-applied suffocation methods while masturbating.

It is estimated that between 500 and 1000 deaths occur annually in the United States from this dangerous type of masturbation. Most commonly performed by young adult males, it almost always remains a secret until they die accidentally.

Autoerotic asphyxiation interferes with the blood supply to the brain. The lack of blood, and therefore oxygen, to the brain can produce giddiness, exhilaration or a self-induced "high." Many believe that the self-endangerment inherent in the technique enhances the person's sexual gratification. Autoerotic asphyxiation participants often use a rope, belt or another device to cause their asphyxiation.

Of course, the solitary thrills of asphyxiating oneself are short lived and self-endangering.
Autoerotic asphyxiation also weakens one's self-control and judgment and sometimes results in accidental death.

Amy Otis is a registered nurse, a writer and an educator. She has devoted her life as an RN to the welfare of teenagers. She is the founder of a busy teen health site called Cool Nurse. Cool Nurse - Health for Today's Teen and Young Adult. Stop by, you might just learn something!

Amy Otis is a registered nurse, a writer and an educator. She has devoted her life as an RN to the welfare of teenagers. She is the founder of a busy teen health site called Coolnurse.com

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