NCBI ROFL: Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon.

By ncbi rofl | January 3, 2012 8:19 pm

“We describe a hitherto under-recognized curious response in some individuals: of sneezing in response either to sexual ideation or in response to orgasm. Our review suggests that it may be much more common than expected. We surmise that an indiscrete stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system may be an underlying mechanism to explain this and other reported unusual triggers of sneezing.”

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“From the sporadic reports in the medical literature, we surmised that the phenomenon of sneezing in response to sexual ideation or in response to orgasm is more common than recognized. As this is a problem that does not lead to morbidity and may be seen as embarrassing to discuss it may be under-reported. We performed a search of Internet ‘chat rooms’ where this problem may be discussed in an anonymous forum, using the Google search engine and with terms ‘sex, sneeze OR sneezing’. We searched in June 2007, and again six months later in December 2007. We found many discussions of the phenomena, with 17 people of both sexes reporting sneezing immediately upon sexual ideation, and three people after orgasm. Non-expert responses to the queries proposed all manner of explanation, but none that are credible. In four of the threads, respondents reported that they too suffered the same problem. In the reports it appears the sneezing occurs immediately upon sexual ideation, or very soon after orgasm. It also seems that the two phenomena do not occur in the same person, i.e. that these are two distinct entities: sneezing with sexual ideation or sneezing with orgasm. No people mentioned that they suffered neurological or rhinological disease.”

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  • Torbjörn Larsson

    Ouch! And here I was thinking that my sneezing at times when I have to adjust vision between darkened and lightened rooms was an unnecessary bother. (Not that rare it seems, IIRC ~ 14 % of the population have this problem.)

    “an indiscrete stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system”, huh. Maybe that is why it rarely happens in socially crowded situations such as dance places. The nervous system is already, discreetly and indiscreetly, stimulated to excess.

    Of course, that is just my non-expert response.

  • Micah

    My family had a little hyperactive dog who would fall into a sneezing fit whenever there was a bitch around.

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