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The death-grip or death-grip syndrome are slang terms for an aggressive and recurrent masturbation technique. According to some, it ultimately results in an inability to achieve orgasm with a partner due to desensitization from overstimulation.

Death-grip syndrome, sometimes abbreviated as DGS, is sometimes viewed as a subcategory of Inhibited ejaculation.[1] The term was arguably coined in 2003 by sexpert Dan Savage and is an issue that affects both men and women. The concept however is, as of 2018, not recognized by medical bodies.[2] Some writers have suggested such an indisposition arises from penile nerve endings becoming accustomized to more rough friction such as ribbed towels or other cloths used to catch semen. This, along with learned pressure, such as a specific hand speed may have subsequently altered sensory patters in the genitalia.[3] However, others have attributed it to normal masturbation that is excessive.[4] For females experiencing death grip syndrome, besides overly strenuous masturbation, it has also been attributed to excessively using high power settings of a vibrator[5] or a showerhead with too much water pressure. Although men with the indisposition may still experience an erection, it may embroil a relationship negatively due to a sense of being sexually incompatible with a partner due to lasting too long, and subsequent side-effects such as blue balls or inhibited ejaculation.[6] Some people who have claimed to have masturbated using the death-grip technique claim that although they can still experience pleasure, the typical vagina feels too loose, and fellatio provides insufficient friction to produce an orgasm.[7] Richard Santucci, chief of urology at Detroit Receiving's Center for Urologic Reconstruction, has criticized the notion that this masturbation technique causes any issues. Therapist Michael A. Perelman on the other hand attributes the issue to a lack of diversity within masturbation.[8] Some broader denotations of the death-grip are becoming accustomized to a very specific means of reaching orgasm, or the effects of constrictive pressure of a waistand, belt or undersized pouch on an erection.[9]

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  1. ^ "Masturbation Death Grip Syndrome (DGS) | SexInfo Online". Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  2. ^ "Women Get 'Death Grip Syndrome' Too, and It Sucks". 22 March 2018.
  3. ^ Connolly, Pamela Stephenson (19 February 2018). "Does my boyfriend's masturbation style prevent him orgasming during sex?". the Guardian.
  4. ^ "Can You Masturbate Too Much? Here's What Scientists Say".
  5. ^ Marin, Vanessa. "How to Prevent Masturbation from Ruining Your Relationship".
  6. ^ POLONSKY, DEREK C. "The Sexual Challenges and Dilemmas of Young Single Men." Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals (2011): 231.
  7. ^ Flemons, Douglas, and Shelley Green. "Just between us: A relational approach to sex therapy." Quickies: The handbook of brief sex therapy (2004): 126-170.
  8. ^ ""Men are rubbing themselves raw": The trick to avoid losing penis sensitivity". 22 November 2015.
  9. ^ Gudelunas, David. "A Place to Talk Taboo: The Functions of Newspaper." Confidential to America. Routledge, 2017. 181-212.