7 Strange things which can happen to your body after you orgasm

There’s nothing which compares with an earth shattering orgasm! How. Good. Are. They.

Orgasms are fantastic for your health (and not just your sexual health), they can help you to sleep better and, based on figures from our Under the Cover Survey 19,840 Aussies will rub one out in the time it takes you to read this article!

We all know our usual physical responses to the big O, right? Weird facial expressions, making a fist, yelling loud enough to make the neighbours wear ear plugs (or is that only me!). But while you’re lying there in post coital bliss we want to reveal some of the more unusual things which can happen to your body post orgasm. In fact a scientific study completed in 2017 aptly called “Did You Climax or Are You Just Laughing at Me?” looked at unusual symptoms people experienced as part of the body’s orgasmic response. They found cases describing weakness, dysphoria, facial and/or ear pain, foot pain, headaches, itchiness, laughter, panic attacks, post-orgasm illness syndrome, seizures, and sneezing. 

So if you sometimes feel you have an alien inside your brain sending the wrong signals when you should be feeling blissful … you could be right. 

Ouch, I have a headache!

Headaches brought on by sexual activity are more common amongst men than women. The pain usually only lasts a few minutes but it can continue for several days. There are 2 types: pre-orgasmic which is typically a dull pain which increases as sexual excitement does, and orgasmic cephalgia which is a sudden explosive headache followed by throbbing which occurs at the moment of orgasm. Although it’s usually more painful than dangerous, you should mention it to your doctor to check if there is an underlying cause. 

Ahhh choo

Yep, sexually induced sneezing is an actual thing and more common that you might realise. Sneezing can occur at any time during the sexual encounter and both men and women can be affected. One possible explanation is that our noses contain erectile tissue which may become engorged during sexual arousal which triggers the sneeze. It was recorded as early as 1897 and it’s been a topic in forums and chat rooms for years. Some people just have to think about sexual activity to trigger a sneeze and there is an actual condition called Honeymoon rhinitis.

Look at all the pretty colours

People with synesthesia experience the world very differently. It’s a neurological condition where your senses are cross-wired so words can have colour, sounds can have smells, and colours can have tastes or combinations of the above. Seeing colour when you orgasm is called orgasm synaesthesia and roughly 1.2% of people with synesthesia experience it during sexual intercourse. But researchers have also found that some people only experience orgasm synaesthesia and have no other symptoms. For some people it’s far more than just colours – they have full on visions with tastes and smells – it’s practically an out of body experience. Other benefits are more intense orgasms and a higher sex drive, downside can be a feeling of disconnection with their partner and a lower satisfaction in their sex life. And we’re not just talking about love children who lived in the 60s. 

You might feel sad

Hang on a minute, I’m supposed to feel euphoric, not an emotional wreck. The term dysphoria is often used in relation to gender issues but generally it’s a feeling of mental discomfort or anxiety. The easiest explanation is it that it’s the opposite of euphoria and medically it falls under the obsessive compulsive spectrum. In our blog post Why do you feel sad after sex? We also talked about the hormonal changes you experience during orgasm specifically dopamine and prolactin which can affect your mood. An Australian survey found 10% of Aussie women regularly felt sad after sex. So post coital dysphoria does happen, and it has nothing to do with your partner or their sexual prowess.  

I feel so weak 

If you have a sleep disorder you might be more prone to experience orgasmolepy which is the sudden onset of weakness following an orgasm possibly triggered by insufficient arousal or a hypocretin deficiency. The symptoms last for less than a minute but can include a complete loss of muscle control. If the symptoms happen during sex the condition is cataplexy and the triggers can include laughter, crying and highly emotional states. And we’re guessing having a whopping big orgasm is at the top of that list. 

I think I’m coming down with the flu

Post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS) is a rare condition in which men experience flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, feverishness or sweating, mood changes or irritability, impaired memory, poor concentration, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and even incoherent speech. The most common symptom affecting 80% of sufferers is fatigue and the symptoms occur within seconds, minutes, or a few hours after ejaculation. Some scientists believe it may be due to a semen allergy that causes an immediate hypersensitivity reaction. 

You feel out of breath

Having an orgasm can make you feel like you’ve just gone 3 minutes in the boxing ring. When we orgasm our breathing get quicker and our heart rate and blood pressure rise. We’re focussing on the pleasure and not thinking about taking some nice deep breaths. Let’s face it, having sex is a physical activity. The energy expended during an orgasm is equal to walking up a flight of stairs or running for the bus so feeling out of breath is a perfectly normal response. 

Please keep in mind that we are not medical professionals and, if you experience any symptoms post orgasm that concern you, our advice is to speak to your medical professional.


  • beam001
    More than a month ago

    I have experienced post orgasm crying after my then partner had an intense orgasm, I was going down on her and repeatedly bringing her to the point of orgasm and then backing off, finally bought her to orgasm and stayed on her clit as the orgasmed, she became very sensitive and bucked her hips quite hard - me still in close proximity ended up getting smacked in the nose with her pubic bone, one very bloodied nose and lots of tears and her in post orgasmic bliss laughing her head off.

  • Lolliesluvlace Photo
    More than a month ago

    Orgasm, interesting topic..can't wait to meet that special someone to have a satisfied orgasm together as it helps my body looking young and mentally feeling sexy at this stage and age of my life..confidence and being positive with my partner having that mutual sparks and connection puts a Smile on me.. feeling of ..Orgasm

    • wunwulf Photo
      More than a month ago

      Sweet indeed Lollygirl

  • 49humber Photo
    More than a month ago

    What about male orgasm?
    I know we men ejaculate (durrrrrrr) and we get massive feelings when the load goes even more so if our partner orgasms at the same moment (something we all want to achieve beocause the afterglow is so rewarding) but a male orgasm? I have had two, sadly my current is not interested to get me there as"men don't orgasm" and she won't allow further discussion. But we do orgasm if the right things happen with anal penetration.

  • oakentree Photo
    More than a month ago

    We are so lucky as people to be able to enjoy orgasms, they release so many drugs that are created in/by your body,that can kill pain,hangovers,feel amazing ,even feel sexier and open to ways to intensify the waves off pleasure already being felt and nothing is better for body or mind than achieving that mutual single orgasm with each other.Mind altering and we only i will use are the only animals that do it just for pure pleasure.I wish that all people could feel them yet some cannot for various reasons, please never feel sorry u haven't made a partner orgasm(sometimes a lover just want you to feel and see what they can do pleasure you), just be patient and be open and when they are ready and feel comfortable,they might tell why or show you what they need to orgasm or explain its something else that is why they cannot, but doesn't mean they dislike sex or a lover it just means as a lover learn to make them feel special in other ways ,please never make a lover feel less because they cannot climax find ways to stimulate they're mind and show them you are a real lover not a judgemental ass. could write heaps but why not search and learn with or alone what is out there its all good

  • triXXXi66 Photo
    More than a month ago


    • Leolady727
      More than a month ago

      I sometimes get cramps after masturbating but never with an orgasm during sex.

    • Zamboon Photo
      More than a month ago

      Funny you should say that LL - thinking about it I’ve been getting slight cramping in my prostate after masturbating but never after sex - I probably should get it checked out ..

  • LisaJohn4u
    More than a month ago

    I find that I am much more focussed and creative after an orgasm of a morning or during the day. If of a night I sleep much more soundly and wake up refreshed. I find that I am more fulfilled if I have helped my partner have an orgasm. Empowering . . . perhaps.
    If I'm feeling stressed an orgasm definitely helps me to destress. Ready to once again take on the world.
    Orgasms in sync - well they are the absolute best.
    I think the greatest 'reward' for me is when my partner orgasms during oral sex. I love that.

  • Zamboon Photo
    More than a month ago

    Praise the lord indeed - I’m serious about the crying bit especially as this is an adult sex site. But I apologise for being insensitive - sometimes though those are my thoughts

  • friskypuz Photo
    More than a month ago

    Love a good Orgasm, morning, noon or night.
    Sets the day in the morning, noon is a bonus and night helps sleep.

    • Miklikr Photo
      More than a month ago

      I am with u on that one

  • Zamboon Photo
    More than a month ago

    I must say I hate a woman who cries - especially after them telling you how experienced they are and that by her having sex with me doesn’t mean that we are an item and then tears !!
    My reaction mainly after orgasm is an incredible desire for a meat pie and a six pack - sorry , not feeling that sensitive today ..

    • Ms.Flirt Photo
      More than a month ago

      Perhaps the women are crying because they’ve just realised what an insensitive prick they’ve just wasted 3 minutes of their life on?

      I’m a woman who has cried both during and after sex and I had no control over it whatsoever. Lucky the guys I was with were real men who understood that it was an autonomic response and they just worked through it with me.

      I can only imagine how it would have affected my confidence and trust if they’d stamped their feet like a little playground bully and said ‘I hate you’ or made fun of me as you seem to be doing. Good luck with that attitude.

    • SweetestSins Photo
      More than a month ago

      I’d bring you a pie and a beer Zammy ;) xxx

    • Leolady727
      More than a month ago

      Great comeback, Ms.Flirt <3

  • Areyoukinky2 Photo
    More than a month ago

    I have experienced cataplexy after long and hard erotic spankings when my ex husband and I had incredible sex. It used to happen happened with my last orgasm as we climaxed together. I'm a multi orgasmic woman and consider myself lucky in that department. My tears were tears of totally bliss. I haven't experienced cataplexy with any other man even though later on I had the most amazing sex I have ever had for ten years with my FWB.
    Sincerely Areyoukinky2

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