Forget lovesickness — for some people, hot-and-steamy romps in the sack leave them feeling, well, not so hot.
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 roll 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 TGA — a sudden, temporary episode of memory loss that affects between 23 and 32 people out ofeach year in the United States. The incident was reported in the Journal of Emergency Medicineand doctors were a little stumped.
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That's because researchers aren't exactly sure what causes TGA. A study published in Stroke found that patients with TGA tend to have insufficiency of the valves in the jugular vein, which carries deoxygenated blood from the brain to the heart. Sex isn't the only trigger — transient global amnesia may also be caused by other physically strenuous activities. Fortunately, people who experience this curious condition usually get their memory back within a few hours, and it's unlikely to happen again.
According to the National Headache Foundation NHFtwo types of headaches are associated with sexual activity, especially with orgasm. In the first type, sexual excitement causes muscle contraction in the head and neck, leading to head pain. Headaches associated with strenuous physical activity, like weight lifting or sexual intercourse, are also known as exertional headaches.
Most exertional headaches are benign, and they are most commonly associated with patients who are prone to migrainesbut in some cases they can be a of abnormalities in the brain or other diseases. The headache can be a response to an increase in blood pressureand it usually lasts a few minutes but can last for hours. It occurs more frequently in men than in women and usually strikes those prone to migraines.
Feeling glum about a not-so-great sexual encounter is one thing — but in a small study published in the International Journal of Sexual Healthone-third of women said they've felt depressed even after a perfectly pleasing lovemaking session. Researchers call it postcoital dysphoria, and it affects about 10 percent of women regularly. Postsex depression is marked by feelings of sadness, anxiety, irritability, or agitation.
These emotions could also be related to feeling unequal in your partnership or other relationship issues. Can you be physically allergic to sex?
Up to 40, women in the United States are believed to have a semen allergy. Although this sexual sensitivity is rare, Dr. Bednarek says that semen changes the pH balance in the vagina for some women, resulting in irritation, cervical mucushivesand swelling. Your best bet for reducing the symptoms of semen allergy is to use a condom, says Bednarek.
Have you ever experienced flu-like symptoms like fever, foggy head, painful muscles or ts, fatigue, or problems concentrating right after having sex? You could have postorgasmic illness syndrome POISa condition first identified in that tends to affect men shortly after ejaculation it also, rarely, may occur in females. And some unfortunate females seem to be extra susceptible to getting UTIssays Bednarek adult women are 30 times more likely than men to get the infection.
One thing that increases their risk?
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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: a yeast infection. Your vagina is chock-full of bacteria — some of it is good bacteria which helps control the bad kindand some of it is bad.
But if the balance of good and bad bacteria gets upset, you could end up with a common vaginal infection known as bacterial vaginosis. Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis include cervical mucus that may be white or gray in color; cervical mucus with a strong, foul odor; vaginal odor that is particularly strong, with a fishy smell after sex; vaginal itching ; and painful or burning urination.
Reduce your risk by being in a monogamous relationship, using condoms, avoiding douching, practicing good hygieneand wearing cotton underwear and pants that fit loosely in the crotch. Untreated bacterial vaginosis can lead to other complications and health risks, so if you think you have it, see your ob-gyn right away; he or she may suggest a prescription medication.
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 coughfever, runny nose, muscle aches, and sore throat in about a week. Want to stay healthy? Take a rain check!
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Sexual Health. Last Updated: February 27, Medically Reviewed.