While society jokes that people use headaches to avoid sex, some people get headaches as a result of sex. Mid-Day tells us:
Sexual headache, known medically as coital cephalalgia, is a rare form of of headache that occurs in the skull and neck during sexual activity, including masturbation or orgasm. Experts say it is estimated to appear in roughly 1 per cent of the world’s population, can happen during sex at any age and is believed to be more common in men than women.
As if that weren’t bad enough, some people become sick for days or even weeks after having sex! According to Translational Andrology and Urology, “Men with post orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS) become ill rather immediately after ejaculation, whether spontaneously at night, during sexual intercourse or masturbation.”
POIS or POIS attacks (which the symptoms are named) is called by a number of other names, including postejaculatory syndrome, benign coital headache, postorgasm illness syndrome, post ejaculation sickness and post orgasmic sick syndrome.
Some of the symptoms of POIS are…
- Severe muscle pain throughout the body
- Excessive fatigue
- Mild to severe headache
- Flu-like or allergy-like symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and nasal irritation
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Intense discomfort
- The feeling of intense warmth or cold
- Memory issues