Last Updated: January 30, 2017

Share this:

Definition - What does Electrophilia mean?

Electrophilia is a sexual fetish that revolves around electricity and electrical stimulation. People with electrophilia, known as electrophiles, enjoy fantasizing about or receiving electrical shocks to their body, especially to their genital region, anus, and nipples. Some people believe this paraphilia is more common in females than males.

Electrophilia is also sometimes known as Electrocutophilia.

Kinkly explains Electrophilia

People with electrophilia typically have different preferences and limits in regards to the electrical shocks they receive. Some electrophiles may enjoy a gentle shock that’s like a slight tickle, while others like a much stronger, even painful shock.

Electrophiles may shock themselves or their partners, or have their partners administer the electrical shocks to them. Because many electrophiles enjoy such intense shocks, electrophilia is closely linked to BDSM.

Some electrophiles use TENS machines to receive electric shocks, while others make their own purpose-built systems. People with a preference for weak electric shocks may use a violet wand for sexual gratification. Electrical cables can also be repurposed for an electrophile’s erotic pleasure.

People may explore electricity play to spice up their sex lives or simply because they’re curious. However, if someone regularly engages in electricity play and spends a lot of time thinking about it, they may be an electrophile.

Acting on electrophilic impulses may increase one's risk of burns, paralysis, and electrocution. Some people have even died from injuries associated with electrophilia. For this reason, extreme caution is advised. People who engage in risky activities due to their electrophilia may require therapy, hypnosis, psychoanalysis, or other treatment.

Do you need ideas for your next steamy scene? Take our quiz to get a personalized scene built just for you!

If you're just tipping your toe into the world of BDSM, you may be unsure where to even start when it comes to planning out a scene.

We made this quiz to provide you with your next, or first, BDSM scene based on your own tastes and desires!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands receiving hot new sex related articles, goodies, and great deals.