“Edging” involves sexual stimulation to the point just before orgasm before stopping or slowing down again. People may repeat this cycle several times before allowing themselves to reach orgasm. Edging is unlikely to cause any health issues.
Individuals, couples, or groups might practice edging.
Some people may use edging as a way to extend the duration of sexual activities, whereas others may want to increase the intensity or explore different sexual activities.
This article will discuss what edging is and any possible risks associated with it.
Edging involves cycles of increasing sexual stimulation and stopping just before the point of orgasm. People can perform edging alone or with others.
The “edge” is the point just before orgasm. People practice edging to reach this point multiple times during sexual activities.
Anyone can engage in edging, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
Edging can serve different purposes for different people. It might also depend on whether someone is performing edging with others or on their own.
Some people may use edging to increase the intensity of an orgasm or sexual experience. Others may practice it as a way to make sexual activities last longer.
Some people may use edging as a way to build confidence with others. It might also help to learn about another person’s body and explore new things.
Edging is generally safe and unlikely to cause any lasting side effects.
In rare cases, it might cause epididymal hypertension, or “blue balls.” This is characterized by pain in the testicles due to sexual arousal that does not result in orgasm.
As its colloquial name suggests, epididymal hypertension can cause the testicles to take on a bluish tint. Other symptoms include aching, pain, and heaviness in the testicles. These symptoms are due to restricted blood flow from the penis.
Some potential causes of erectile dysfunction include medical conditions, certain medications, and psychological or emotional issues.
Edging is also unlikely to cause ejaculation problems such as retrograde ejaculation or weak ejaculation. Some people may experience delayed or early ejaculation, but the causes of these issues are usually psychological or emotional.
Anorgasmia, or orgasmic dysfunction, is the medical term for issues that cause difficulty in reaching an orgasm. It is a common problem in women but can also affect men.
People with anorgasmia experience long delays in reaching an orgasm. Some people have lifelong anorgasmia, while others may develop the condition in later life or in specific situations.
Experts are not sure what causes anorgasmia, but many believe that the following factors may contribute to it:
- certain medical conditions, such as diabetes
- previous gynecological surgeries
- relationship issues
- depression, anxiety, or stress
- certain medications, such as antidepressants
People who engage in edging actively delay orgasms for a purpose. In contrast, people with anorgasmia are unable to choose whether they have a delayed orgasm or not.
Edging can have benefits for people practicing on their own and for people who practice with others.
The International Society for Sexual Medicine suggest that edging can intensify sexual activity for some people. The cycles of edging can increase excitement and lead to a more satisfying climax.
Edging can also extend the duration of sexual activities. People who experience premature ejaculation may try edging to prevent this.
Couples may also use edging as a way of building confidence in the bedroom. This may be particularly beneficial for new couples who might be nervous.
Edging might also be useful for learning about someone’s sexual interests. By repeating cycles of edging, people can learn about sexual triggers and explore new activities.
Edging, either with a partner or alone, typically involves:
- starting sexual stimulation
- changing the intensity or stopping just before orgasm
- starting to increase intensity again after a small delay
- repeating these steps in cycles
The practice of edging can take many forms. For example, some men practice the “squeeze method” when edging during masturbation. To do this, they will squeeze the top of the penis to prevent ejaculation.
Edging with others might involve changing position or intensity just before orgasm. Always discuss edging with others before trying it and ensure that there is enthusiastic consent.
Edging might not be for everyone, but it is generally safe and comes with several benefits.
People looking to try edging with others should discuss it with them first. This will help determine whether or not the person is comfortable and interested in trying it.
Some people may wish to consider exploring edging on their own first. This can help them decide if they also want to try it with others.
Edging is safe and unlikely to cause lasting side effects. Some people may benefit from incorporating edging into their sexual activities. For example, people who experience premature ejaculation may use edging to avoid this.
People can practice edging alone or with others. Some people may enjoy the practice, while others may not have any interest in trying or do not enjoy it.
Those practicing edging with other people should discuss it with them first and only attempt it if all parties consent.