Amychesis refers to the involuntary act of scratching or clawing your partner in the heat of passion. It’s actually an incredibly common occurrence: sometimes you just do what comes to you in the ecstasy of the moment, and many people report loving a good scratching session. During sex, the body also releases larger quantities of adrenaline, meaning that scratches feel less like painful annoyances and more like exhilarating boosts - what’s more sexy than feeling how the heat of your lovemaking is reducing your partner to their base animalistic instincts?
And although amychesis specifically describes involuntary scratching, voluntary scratching is certainly a fun play option as well. You can try anything: from tracing your partner’s skin lightly with your nails to really digging in, it just depends on what they like. Some people may hate it, but some people love looking at the carnal violence that’s unfolded on their backs post-coitus, and welcome being turned into a human scratching post.
So next time you roll into bed for a romp…time to get those claws out!