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The death-grip or death-grip syndrome (Dead-Vagina Syndrome[1][2] on females)[3] are slang terms for an aggressive and recurrent masturbation technique that may ultimately result 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 anorgasmia in females and inhibited ejaculation in males.[4] The term was arguably coined in 2003 by sex columnist Dan Savage and is an issue that affects both men and women.[5] Some writers have suggested such an indisposition arises from nerve endings becoming accustomed to more rough friction. This, along with learned pressure, such as a specific speed may have subsequently altered sensory patterns in the genitalia.[6] However, others have attributed it to normal masturbation that is excessive.[7] For females the slang term used is Dead Vagina Syndrome.[8][9] Besides overly strenuous masturbation, the syndrome can also be caused by larger dildos, excessively using high power settings of a vibrator,[10] or a showerhead with too much water pressure. These behaviors form the habit of being able to reach orgasm only by masturbating that way. 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.[11] Some people who have claimed to "experience the death-grip" state that although they can still experience pleasure, the typical vagina feels too loose, and fellatio provides insufficient friction to produce an orgasm.[12] Richard Santucci, chief of urology at Detroit Receiving Hospital's Center for Urologic Reconstruction, believes that "too strong masturbation" is a common cause of delayed ejaculation, and states that "diabetes, medications, low testosterone, anxiety" are other common causes.[13]


The concept of death-grip syndrome is as of 2018 not recognized by any major medical bodies.[14] Therapist Michael A. Perelman on the other hand attributes the issue of DGS to a lack of diversity within masturbation.[15] Some broader denotations of DGS are becoming accustomed to a very specific means of reaching orgasm, or the effects of constrictive pressure of a waistband, belt or undersized underwear pouch on an erection.[16] Some analysts have argued that sexual techniques that have a vacuum effect, such as oral pompoir or vaginal pompoir could alleviate DGS.[17] Some analysts have argued that there are other forms of social conditioning ingrained during adolescence that occur concurrently with DGS, such as a reluctance among men to make audible sounds of pleasure such as moaning. Such silence during sex is learned from growing up in one's household and attempting to remain discreet when around first and second-degree relatives.[18]

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  3. ^ "Women Get 'Death Grip Syndrome' Too, and It Sucks". 22 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Masturbation Death Grip Syndrome (DGS) | SexInfo Online". Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  5. ^ "Women Get 'Death Grip Syndrome' Too, and It Sucks". 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ Connolly, Pamela Stephenson (19 February 2018). "Does my boyfriend's masturbation style prevent him orgasming during sex?". the Guardian.
  7. ^ "Can You Masturbate Too Much? Here's What Scientists Say".
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  10. ^ Marin, Vanessa. "How to Prevent Masturbation from Ruining Your Relationship".
  11. ^ POLONSKY, DEREK C. "The Sexual Challenges and Dilemmas of Young Single Men." Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals (2011): 231.
  12. ^ Flemons, Douglas, and Shelley Green. "Just between us: A relational approach to sex therapy." Quickies: The handbook of brief sex therapy (2004): 126-170.
  13. ^ Pearl, Mike (2015-08-28). "Is It Really Possible to Ruin Your Penis From Jerking Off Too Hard?". Vice. Retrieved 2019-11-16. The idea of too strong masturbation rewiring you to expect really strong feelings during sex? I just don't believe it's that common.
  14. ^ Spitzer, Robert L., Jean Endicott, and Jean-Arthur Micoulaud Franchi. "Medical and mental disorder: Proposed definition and criteria." Annales Médico-psychologiques, revue psychiatrique. Vol. 176. No. 7. Elsevier Masson, 2018.
  15. ^ ""Men are rubbing themselves raw": The trick to avoid losing penis sensitivity". 22 November 2015.
  16. ^ Gudelunas, David. "A Place to Talk Taboo: The Functions of Newspaper." Confidential to America. Routledge, 2017. 181-212.
  17. ^ Ruuhilahti, Susanna. "Good Sex–Enhancing Wellbeing in Sexuality Education by Utilizing Stories." Helsinki 3.9. 2012 (2012): 135.
  18. ^ Melnick, Alexandra S. "But What Does “It” Mean: An Analysis of Feminist & Mainstream Pornographies." (2016).