Here’s another question I received through our Have A Question page for those who have questions but want to ask them anonymously.
This is more a question of curiosity. What do you think about breath play? science, appropriateness etc…
Breath play is … well … playing with someone’s ability to breath. This can involve masks that restrict breathing, holding your hand over their mouth and nose, or chocking and blocking someone’s trachea (windpipe). This is sometimes called asphyxiophilia, autoerotic asphyxia (if you do it to yourself) or hypoxyphilia.
Now, for those that recoil and say “WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!” The reason is that when you restrict the airflow, you cause a buildup of carbon dioxide in the brain which can result in feelings of giddiness, lightheartedness and pleasure all which enhance the erotic experience. It’s been said that the rush is as powerful as cocaine and highly addictive.
HOWEVER, there is a huge risk involved, obviously, because you’re restricting their ability to breathe. In order to reach the level’s of carbon dioxide needed to produce this effect, you need to be depleting the brain of oxygen for significant periods. Too long and you can cause brain damage, and go longer than that and … well, people die from this every year, both alone, and with a partner.
So, what do I think of this practice?
DON’T DO IT!
Sex is good enough! You don’t need to risk each other’s life to make it better! That’s what I think anyways. I don’t know what else to say.