asphyxiophilia


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An activity predicated on the belief that when the carotid arteries and jugular veins are compressed, the effects on the cerebral circulation elicit sexual stimulation; transient ischemia does produce a sensation of lightheadedness and often a tingling sensation in the extremitites

asphyxiophilia

(as-fik?se-o-fil'e-a)
Dependence on self-strangulation for production of cerebral hypoxia. This act may intensify enjoyment of orgasm, but if continued too long may result in death.
See: autoerotic hypoxia
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(5.) Exceptions include my own previously published works on erotic asphyxiation: Lisa Downing and Dany Nobus, 'The Iconography of Asphyxiophilia: From Fantasmatic Fetish to Forensic Fact', Paragraph, 27(3) (2004): 1-15 and Lisa Downing, 'Beyond Safety: Erotic Asphyxiation and the Limits of S/M Discourse' from Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism, Darren Langridge and Meg Barker (eds), Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp119-32.