Fisting (sometimes called handballing) is a sexual activity that involves inserting a hand into the vagina or rectum. Once insertion is complete, the fingers either naturally clench into a fist or remain straight. In more vigorous forms of fisting, such as "punching", a fully clenched fist may be inserted and withdrawn slowly. Fisting may be performed with or without a partner.
The "Silent Duck", also called "Duck-Billing", is the technique much often used in which the person engaging in hand insertion shapes the hand to resemble a duck's beak. Typically, fisting does not involve forcing the clenched fist into the vagina or rectum. Instead, all five fingers are kept straight and held as close together as possible (forming the beak-like "duck"), then slowly inserted into a well lubricated vagina or rectum.
"Double Fist/Side Prayer" is a very advanced technique which only few are capable of achieving. The person engaging in hand insertion (the fister) places the hands palm to palm, forming a position similar to one used when praying. The hands are then turned parallel to the floor, pointing fingers toward the subject's vagina and/or anus.
Fistees who are more experienced may take two fists (double-fisting) in the vagina or rectum. In the case of double-fisting, pleasure is derived more from the stretching of the anus or vagina than from the thrusting (in-and-out) movement of hands.
For anal fisting a lubricant is typically used. Crisco is a popular lubricant for this purpose amongst the gay/BDSM communities, with other personal lubricants, such as J-Lube and silicone based products, also very popular.
Vaginal fisting has caused death by means of air embolism. In general, sexual activities that cause air to enter the vagina can be fatal, with heightened risk during pregnancy. Anal fisting can cause severe injuries to the receptive participant, who may require hospitalization and surgery; in the absence of treatment it has also been known to cause death. Anal fisting carries risks of colorectal perforation; participants are advised to use latex gloves and lubricant, and designate a safeword the utterance of which will call an immediate halt to the activity.
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