Next 9 Sicknesses Triggered by Sex Not in the mood tonight? Have you ever had sex that's so toe-curlingly fabulous, you can't think straight? For one woman in Washington, DC, a romp in the hay with her husband zapped her memory Her memories began to disappear about an hour after intercourse, and doctors diagnosed her with transient global amnesia — a sudden, temporary episode of memory loss that affects only three to five people out of , each year.
The incident was reported in the September issue of The Journal of Emergency Medicine, and doctors are still a little stumped. That's because MRI scans show that transient global amnesia isn't caused by damage to the brain — in fact, researchers aren't exactly sure what causes it.
However, a recent study in the journal Stroke points to insufficiency of the valves in the jugular vein, which allows deoxygenated blood to flow into the brain, according to an MSNBC article. Sex isn't the only trigger — transient global amnesia may be caused by strenuous physical activity, emotional distress, even taking a sudden dip into hot or cold water. Fortunately, people who experience this curious condition usually get their memory back, and it's unlikely to happen again.
What does a sex headache feel like? It usually starts as a dull pain in the head that can intensify as you build up to a climax, and it can last a few minutes up to half an hour. Got the Post-Sex Blues? Feeling glum about a not-so-great sexual encounter is one thing — but according to a study published in the International Journal of Sexual Health, one-third of women say they feel depressed even after a perfectly pleasing lovemaking session.
Researchers call it post-coital dysphoria, and it affects about 10 percent of women regularly. Post-sex depression is marked by feelings of sadness, anxiety , regret, and irritability. It could also be related to feeling unequal in your partnership or other relationship issues.
Can you be physically allergic to sex? Although this sexual sensitivity is rare, Dr. Bednarek says that semen changes the pH balance in the vagina for some women, resulting in irritation, discharge, hives, and swelling. Your best bet for reducing the symptoms of semen allergy is to use a condom, says Bednarek.
When the 'Big O' Is a Big Ouch Have you ever experienced flu-like symptoms, headache, runny nose, painful muscles or joints, fatigue, and problems concentrating right after having sex? You could have post-orgasmic illness syndrome POIS , an unusual illness first identified in that tends to affect men within 30 minutes of ejaculating.
And some unfortunate females seem to be extra susceptible to getting UTIs, says Bednarek women are 10 more likely than men to get the infection. One thing that increases their risk? Sexual activity — sex introduces bacteria into a woman's urinary tract. The Itch You Can't Scratch in Public Our bodies naturally contain a certain amount of yeast — but if those levels get out of control, you could end up with one big, itchy problem: Itch and irritation, painful sex, and a thick discharge.
But if the balance of good and bad bacteria gets upset, you could end up with a common vaginal infection known as bacterial vaginosis. If you think you have bacterial vaginosis, pop in to see your ob-gyn, who may suggest a prescription medication. When Sex Gets Germy Should you still have sex when your honey has a cold? Sleep with your sneezing, coughing, ailing sweetheart, and you may notice your own set of symptoms like cough, fever, runny nose, muscle aches, and sore throat in about a week.
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