All you need to know about post orgasmic illness syndrome

All you need to know about post orgasmic illness syndrome

The remarkable thing about science is that it never rests on its laurels. It is forever poking and searching for answers. Trying to better understand the human body, its mechanisms, and the world around it. It is why today an illness is unknown and all of a sudden it has a name and diagnosis the following day. If you're one of those men that develop symptoms like high fever, perspiration and itching eyes immediately after sex, here's a name for the illness at least. Even though there's yet to be a cure at the time of writing. It is known as Post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS).

What is post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS)?

Post-orgasmic illness syndrome

POIS is a very rare condition. Though the first case was documented in 2002, a new study can confirm that more than 50 men with this condition have been discovered around the world. A man suffering from POIS has almost the same symptoms as a person stricken by the flu. In addition, apart from the fact that its symptoms manifest in the form of weakness, serious fatigue, and blocked nose, POIS can also affect the mental health of the sufferer. Symptoms like irritability and reduced concentration may emerge. 

As expected, most rare conditions require time and extensive research to develop a cure. POIS is no different. According to a group of scientists at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, to check the "prevalence and pathophysiology" and develop a "treatment for this debilitating condition", more research will need to be conducted. They expect that the condition is still under-reported because of how rare it is. They suspect that there are definitely more people out there with this condition. 

Types of post-orgasmic illness syndrome

Post-orgasmic illness syndrome

A 2016 study published in the journal Translational Andrology and Urology, reveals the two kinds of POIS. There is a primary and secondary type.

  • The primary type shows up in pubescent males.
  • The secondary type shows up later in adulthood.

The POIS often clusters in the nose or throat. Also, it could appear as these symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Moodiness, irritability
  • Fever
  • Feeling excessively hot or cold
  • Watery or itching eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Difficulty concentrating

Furthermore, 87 per cent out of the 45 tested men who suffer from POIS began to feel the symptoms thirty minutes after ejaculating. However, the only treatments present at this moment for treating POIS symptoms are antihistamines, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and benzodiazepines. 

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Lydia Ume