Being Choked During Sex Can Cause Permanent Brain Damage, Alarming Study Finds

Being Choked During Sex Can Cause Permanent Brain Damage, Alarming Study Finds
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Chok¬≠ing, also known as sex¬≠u¬≠al stran¬≠gu¬≠la¬≠tion, has become an increas¬≠ing¬≠ly pop¬≠u¬≠lar sex¬≠u¬≠al prac¬≠tice, par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar¬≠ly among young peo¬≠ple. How¬≠ev¬≠er, a new study has found that this risky behav¬≠ior can lead to per¬≠ma¬≠nent brain dam¬≠age, even when done just a few times.

The research, led by Dr. Deb¬≠bie Herbinick, a sex¬≠u¬≠al and repro¬≠duc¬≠tive health researcher, showed that women who had been choked four times over the pre¬≠vi¬≠ous 30 days expe¬≠ri¬≠enced changes in their brain struc¬≠tures that affect¬≠ed their abil¬≠i¬≠ty to per¬≠form work¬≠ing mem¬≠o¬≠ry tasks.

Restrict­ed blood flow to the brain dur­ing chok­ing can cause it to stop oper­at­ing at nor­mal capac­i­ty imme­di­ate­ly and can lead to tis­sue death with­in as lit­tle as five min­utes due to a lack of oxy­gen and glu­cose supply.

Even brief peri­ods of chok­ing, such as 10 sec­onds, can cause some­one to pass out, and min­utes with­out oxy­gen can result in per­ma­nent brain damage.

The study, pub¬≠lished in the jour¬≠nal Brain Behav¬≠ior, looked at two groups of 41 women ‚Äď one that had been choked in the past 30 days and anoth¬≠er that hadn‚Äôt. 

The chok­ing group exhib­it­ed sig­nif­i­cant­ly increased cor­ti­cal thick­ness in mul­ti­ple brain regions involved in face recog­ni­tion, visu­al pro­cess­ing, and mem­o­ry, sug­gest­ing struc­tur­al changes to their brains.

‚ÄúThere‚Äôs big con¬≠cern about teenagers and young peo¬≠ple doing this, who don‚Äôt real¬≠ly yet have full knowl¬≠edge and infor¬≠ma¬≠tion about these behav¬≠iors, who maybe have very lim¬≠it¬≠ed prac¬≠tice or expe¬≠ri¬≠enc¬≠ing or expe¬≠ri¬≠ence com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠cat¬≠ing about sex¬≠u¬≠al¬≠i¬≠ty,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Herbernick.

The prac­tice of chok­ing dur­ing sex has become more main­stream, with ref­er­ences in pop­u­lar cul­ture, such as the HBO show Eupho­ria and the Fifty Shades of Grey fran­chise. How­ev­er, experts warn that this seem­ing­ly risky behav­ior can have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences, even when done consensually.

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