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helpimconfuzzled
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I've heard that you can pass out from masturbation? Is this true? and how is that even possible?
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Um. Well, it's extremely unlikely that you'll be masturbating that hard, but yes you can. In theory. Masturbation causes an elevated heart rate, and a seriously elevated heart rate can make you pass out. It's like when people pass out after running sprints or doing the bleep test in athletics. If you're going *ahem* full pelt for a long time, i suppose you could theoretically pass out. But you'd get too tired to keep it up (bad pun [Wink] ) long before you actually passed out.
Basically, unless you're going as fast as you can for like, i don't know, 5 minutes (far longer than you'd think) you could pass out. But I don't see how you'd go this long without having an orgasm or being too tired to carry on. So, I'm pretty sure you've got nothing to worry about.

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Sexual arousal or orgasm can cause some people (although this does tend to be a little on the rare side) to experience a temporary loss of conciousness. Your breathing tends to become quicker and each breath becomes shorter when you are aroused.

Some people can hyperventilate due to such a rapid increase in their breathing. If this does happen, your Carbon dioxyde levels in your blood drop which can cause you to get lightheaded or faint. Alcohol taken in large quantities can have the same effect.

Also, when you get aroused your blood gets redirected somewhat, sending more of it to your genitals. If the brain does not receive the nutrients and oxyegen that is normally accustomed to receiving it can cause a temporary feeling of faintness.

But it is not really common. If a person happens to experience inconciousness often during masturbation or sex, then she should really go see her doctor since it could be linked to another medical condition.

[ 07-23-2006, 08:03 AM: Message edited by: cool87 ]

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thanks for the help [Smile] x
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quote:
Originally posted by cool87:
If this does happen, your Carbon Monoxide levels in your blood drop which can cause you to get lightheaded or faint.

that would be carbon DIoxide.. usually when you inhale enough to pass out from carbon MONoxide, your'e dead..

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just a friendly science-geek FYI!

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FYI, 'science geek', a DROP in Carbon MONoxide would be harmless - it's an INCREASE in Carbon MONoxide levels that would kill you.
Also for those of you who might don't know, the reason that a DROP in Carbon DIoxide would be harmful is that it is small levels of this gas that trigger the breathing mechanism. So when you hyperventilate, you clean out all the Carbon DIoxide, and find yourself unable to breathe and pass out.
See, I can out-geek all of you. [Cool]

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(smileyjoseph, there's no need to be snarky, okay? I think blueveggie was pointing out that there'd be no drop in CO levels in someone because there shouldn't be any CO in someone's bloodstream. Adding to or correcting information is one thing, but using sarcasm isn't cool here. You've been asked to mind your words before, so just consider this another friendly reminder!)

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Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone. I forget sometimes that only people that know me well get this kind of joke - it's kind of a running joke my friends and I have. I'll try to cut out the sarcasm in future.

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but its not harmful! isnt that what this site is trying to tell us?

that its normal and ok and not shameful or bad for your health? PLEASE dont freak me out like that-if it really was harmful i think id be dead by now!!

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Fonz, masturbation is not harmful in itself, what can be harmful is passing out from it.

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o right sorry, i just got confused
ya i bet passing out is no picnic [Wink]

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