This Men's Health story on choking , specifically, has been viewed nearly half a million times. It carries some real risks, especially if people do it without thoughtful discussion of consent, health, and safety. Perhaps the most well known form of breath play is choking, but there are actually many forms, says Good Vibrations staff sexologist Carol Queen. Breath play may simply involve someone telling a partner to hold their breath. As you might suspect, this is dangerous—more on that below. Some might even consider submerging in water during sex a type of breath play.
Warning: Neither the writer, nor Big Easy Magazine directly endorse the sexual practice of breathplay, erotic asphyxiation, or especially auto-erotic asphyxiation. Consult a medical professional before trying any of these practices. The author completely discourages most forms of auto-erotic asphyxiation. For more details, continue reading the article. Before any play, consider talking to someone more experienced in this subject.
This type of sexual activity involves intentionally cutting off the air supply for you or your partner with choking, suffocating, and other acts. People who are into breath play say it can heighten sexual arousal and make orgasms more intense. Still, this activity is an increasingly recognized kink, and steps can be taken to make it somewhat safer for the curious. Different types of breath play pose different risks, and precautions can help you prevent possible issues.
Erotic asphyxiation variously called asphyxiophilia , hypoxyphilia or breath control play is the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for the purposes of sexual arousal. The term autoerotic asphyxiation is used when the act is done by a person to themselves. Colloquially, a person engaging in the activity is sometimes called a gasper.