As if life wasn’t already complicated enough, Gizmodo tells us that some people develop an allergy to their own orgasms—which is still very unfortunate. Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POMS) is thought to affect a thousand people in the United States alone, not including all the unreported cases. Because who would consult because of sneezing after an orgasm?
This syndrome concerns almost exclusively men who have declared to have symptoms – similar to those of hay fever or influenza – after almost every ejaculation (which, it must be remembered, is not systematically synonymous with orgasm). Maximum fatigue, itchy eyes, stuffy nose and memory problems have been observed.
Symptoms usually start a few seconds after orgasm, but in some patients they do not occur until hours later. The illness then lasts between two and seven days. This, which is still very little studied by the scientific community, has just been the subject of a study, the results of which will be published in November in a reference journal in urology.
For example, we can read the testimony of a 27-year-old man, in good health, who at the age of 18 discovered that his orgasms made him sick. In addition to the symptoms described above, he was afflicted with a form of hives that occurred after each of his ejaculations.
When he had not found an answer with the various specialists consulted (ENT, expert in infectious diseases, allergist), he ended up giving up all sex life, including with himself. This man also gave up on the idea of being in a relationship, unable to bear the idea of a romantic relationship devoid of sex.
Allergic to their own semen
Although evidence is still lacking due to the small number of people affected, the causes of POMS seem to have been identified. It would be due to some kind of hypersensitivity associated with an element contained in the semen.
Most of the people in question have actually undergone skin tests which have been found to be positive: these people are therefore allergic to their own semen. According to some members of the scientific community, this may be related to the fact that sperm contains only half the genetic material found in other cells and therefore elicits a different immune response.
There is no official treatment, but the daily intake of certain antihistamines seems to make it possible to avoid POMS, or at least to greatly reduce its effects.
Fexofenadine works particularly well, reducing symptoms by around 90%. In addition to its effectiveness, the advantage of this drug is that its effects last a long time and that it does not cause drowsiness – unlike other products of the same kind, with which patients would end up feeling sleepy all the time. instead of having sex, which would be relatively counterproductive.