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Emetophilia is a sexual fetish in which an individual is aroused by vomiting or observing others vomit. When emetophiles put emetophilia into practice by actually vomiting, especially on a partner, it is called a Roman shower, after the frequent induction of vomiting at Roman feasts.

For emetophiles, unlike others, the sequence of "spasm, ejaculation, relief" in vomiting is erotically-charged. Emetophiles are interested in the vomiting of people they are already interested in sexually (e.g., gay men seek to learn about the vomiting of men).

An online site theorizes, "vomiting was probably something either arousing or frightening to emetophiles at some point ... it aroused powerful emotions, and the emetophile later called upon these emotions for the purpose of sexual gratification." (Frequently Asked Questions about Vomiting)

Emetophilia may be related to emetophobia, the fear of vomiting. Many emetophiles, ironically, continue to fear vomiting themselves despite the amount of time they spend fantasizing about other people vomiting.


  • Robert J. Stoller, "Erotic Vomiting", Archives of Sexual Behavior 11: 361-365 (1982).

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