Common steps and sub-activities


Karezza is the same as Coitus reservatus but the orgasm control is applied to the woman as well as the man.  Karezza is thus about the closest to sexual stimulation we can find but there are still minor differences. 

The word Karezza comes from a book by Alice Bunker Stockham, MD published in the early 1900s. In Karezza, she describes "a theory of conjugal life, in which there is a love communion between husband and wife from which results a mastery of the physical."  Although she also saw a use for the methods in helping with birth control and the distress caused by unwanted pregnancies among her patients, she also fully understood the fact that it could raise spiritual awareness.

Stockham only applied the practises to heterosexual couples, whereas sexual stimulation can be applied to couples [mixed or not] or used by a person on their own.  Otherwise, however, her approach was almost identical.  Stockham’s reasons for advocating no ejaculation and no orgasm were generally spiritual. "Unless procreation is desired, let the final propagative orgasm be entirely avoided". But she did note that it seemed to have health benefits – ejaculation can be physically demanding for a man and has a profound effect on his body, furthermore, the 'honeymoon period' of a relationship could be maintained in perpetuity by limiting the frequency of ejaculations or preferably avoiding them entirely.

Further Reading

Karezza, Ethics of Marriage (Forgotten Books) -Alice Bunker Stockham


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