Through the years, discussions on male sexual well being have all the time revolved round erectile dysfunction and untimely and delayed ejaculation, overshadowing different problems that require immediate medical consideration.
Few speak about a situation that causes males to have flu-like signs, excessive fatigue, weak spot, lack of focus and irritability instantly after ejaculation.
“Can a person have an allergic response to his personal sperm? I imply, get sick an hour after ejaculating?” One man requested.
This situation is known as post-orgasmic sickness syndrome (POIS), says Ahmed Yousef, an urologist on the Aga Khan College Hospital in Nairobi.
The situation impacts a small variety of males. It causes a spread of bodily, cognitive, and emotional signs after sexual exercise, particularly orgasm. These signs can considerably impression the person’s high quality of life and trigger emotional misery.
Prof Yousef says POIS is a less-known syndrome, even amongst some medical professionals. This is because of a lack of know-how and the truth that affected males draw back from discussing.
Based on the urologist, POIS is brought on by an allergic response to semen.
“It’s a psychological situation that may manifest as a bodily illness. Regardless of being painless and missing any noticeable well being results, if left untreated, it may considerably impression a person’s bodily efficiency, significantly relating to sexual operate. Moreover, some males could expertise fatigue that may trigger them to stay at house,” he says.
Though the syndrome has been reported in females too after an orgasm, primarily, a lot of the information and case reviews come from male sufferers.
“The height of POIS syndrome usually occurs to middle-aged folks since they’re extra sexually energetic. Nevertheless, the youthful and the older males can even expertise it,” says Prof Yousef.
A affected person experiences a spread of signs, which embody fever, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, fatigue, painful and heavy muscle mass, focus difficulties, and irritation.
Based on Prof Yousef, these signs appear to be unbiased of how ejaculation is achieved, whether or not via masturbation, intercourse, or night-time spontaneous emission. The signs are additionally absent when sexual exercise has occurred, however ejaculation has not been achieved.
“The signs normally start inside minutes after ejaculation and might final between quarter-hour as much as two weeks in some sufferers and spontaneously resolve till the subsequent ejaculation,” he says.
The results of POIS on the affected person and the associate are important, with many expressing emotions of guilt and concern relating to their sexual relationships.
Most males have such excessive fatigue post-ejaculation that they begin to keep away from sexual exercise altogether.
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Presently, there isn’t a recognized remedy for POIS. Nevertheless, Prof Yousef says sufferers may be handled with drugs that reduces allergy symptoms and irritation, just like different autoimmune illnesses.
“Medicines equivalent to antihistamines for allergy symptoms are given to the affected person in addition to testosterone boosters equivalent to human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG),” he says.
Regardless of a number of tried therapy methods, success can’t be assured. Prof Yousef recommends that sufferers be counselled appropriately.
He, nevertheless, says that one will undergo whether or not they have interaction in sexual activity or not.
There is no such thing as a information on POIS prevalence in Kenya. Globally, the prevalence is between one to 3 %, indicating a lack of know-how of the syndrome and the necessity for extra analysis.