November 12, 2014 by jayce428
Erotic Asphyxiation is a dangerous part of BDSM, and there is no amount of ‘experience’ you can have to prepare if someone stops breathing. Anyone who claims they are an ‘expert’ is a liar and I don’t suggest taking everything they say as gospel. The MOST important thing to remember is the fact that when someone passes out it’s usually due to the lack of oxygen in the brain, I would assume that you don’t let it get to that point.
Lack of oxygen, either partial [hypoxia] or total [anoxia], can cause death. Normal room air is approximately 21% oxygen. Impairment of cognitive and motor function can manifest at oxygen concentrations of 10-15%, loss of consciousness at less than 10%, while death usually occurs at less than 8%. For example, although hypoxic endurance varies, a person can lose consciousness in 40 seconds and die within a few minutes at ambient oxygen levels as low as 4-6%.
There is different variations of auto-asphyxiation it can be done by oneself and preformed by another person – via noose, hand, gas mask, and etcetera. I personally wouldn’t suggest preforming any variation of breath-play, and I don’t perform any variation of breath-play. I wouldn’t suggest allowing someone to be involved in the play unless you trust this person with your life. Also, this person should have previous CPR training if you are to stop breathing.
If you are going to engage in any sort of breath-play use tools that can be removed quickly like their hand or a gas mask. With a rope or plastic it might take a long period of time to remove and by the time the rope/plastic is removed you could be dead. With a hand or gas mask they could be removed quickly.
Fainting is loss of consciousness caused by a temporary lack of oxygen to the brain. Known by the medical term “syncope,” fainting may be preceded by dizziness, nausea, or a feeling of extreme weakness.
I wasn’t able to provide much information personally since I am not a doctor but do know the dangers of erotic asphyxiation, and wouldn’t recommended it to anyone. If you can keep away from it and just focus on some of your other kinks it would be highly suggested.