The phrase ‘seventh heaven’ that is sometimes used to describe having an orgasm is aptly named. According to one German doctor, you could actually die from pleasure if you take too much risk.
In order to alert people to the risk involved, the German forensic scientist, Harald Voss, revealed in 2018 that masturbating in a risky way could in fact be fatal.
Number of deaths per year
Each year in Germany, between 80 and 100 people die as a result of masturbation. But it’s important to realise that these people only died because they took risks in order to heighten the pleasure.
He explained his study in an interview with the German magazine, Bild. These deaths—mostly male—had mostly been caused by electric shock and autoerotic asphyxiation, which is self-inflicted suffocation caused, for example, by placing your head in a plastic bag or by strangling yourself with a rope.
Harald Voss explained that:
Being unconscious is faster than people think… If, for example, both carotid arteries are squeezed, it takes a maximum of 30 seconds and this could be fatal.
Seeking to heighten sensations is to blame
So as you may have figured out, you don’t die from the act of masturbation itself, but it can become very risky if you add other stimulation to the mix.
It’s also worth remembering that autoerotic asphyxiation is one of the most common causes of death during masturbation and as far as sexuality is concerned, this cause of death tends to be more common among those who are into sadomasochism.