During orgasm, your brain is pumping happy chemicals and adrenaline has you on cloud nine. But if you’re feeling nauseous after orgasm, it could be a sign of something medically serious.
Luckily, there’s probably no cause for concern unless you are pregnant. Nausea after orgasm can be caused by a few different things.
Cause 1: Anxiety
Despite the pleasure and happiness that it can bring, sex doesn’t always make us feel good. For some people, the experience can actually make them feel nauseous, a phenomenon known as sexual aversion. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, from simple things like what you’ve eaten beforehand to more complex issues involving anxiety and mental health.
If you’re feeling nauseated after sex, it could be a sign of something serious. If the symptoms are accompanied by fever or blood in your urine, it could be an indication of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Nausea can also be a symptom of pelvic pain syndrome, which is when infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea cause an inflammation in your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries.
Another possible reason you might be feeling nauseous after sex is because of the position or how vigorously you and your partner are getting it on. Reed says that if you’re rocking back and forth or changing positions too quickly, it can cause motion sickness, which can lead to nausea.
Finally, if you’re feeling nauseated after sex, you may be suffering from an underlying medical condition such as dysgadasmia, which is when painful spasms of your pelvic muscles occur during or after orgasm. This can be a symptom of endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or ovarian cysts.
Cause 2: Food Allergies
If you’ve ever experienced nausea after sex, you know that it doesn’t feel good. But what can you do when it happens?
Nausea after sex may be caused by many things, from simple food allergies to more serious mental health conditions. It’s important to identify what’s causing it so you can treat it.
Symptoms like nausea after sex can be a sign of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pelvic conditions, like fibroids and cysts. These can be painful and affect fertility. If you’re experiencing these symptoms alongside other pelvic pain and heavy, painful periods, it’s best to see your gynecologist for an exam.
In some cases, nausea after sex is a vagal response that occurs when the penis goes too deep and hits your cervix or uterus. This can cause pain and discomfort, but it shouldn’t last long and can usually be treated by drinking water and lying down.
It’s also important to note that nausea after sex is not a symptom of pregnancy or a miscarriage. In order for pregnancy hormones to be detected, they must reach a certain level and for a miscarriage to occur, the embryo must implant in the uterus. Both of these processes take time and can’t happen right away.
Cause 3: Dehydration
In some cases, if you drink too much alcohol or drugs before or during sex, it can make you feel sick. This is especially true if you’re taking certain types of pills, such as amphetamines and benzodiazepines. These can cause feelings of nausea in both men and women.
Nausea after sex is also common in women who are experiencing gynecological problems, such as endometriosis or fibroids. These are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the uterus and may be responsible for pain, bloating, or changes in bleeding patterns. In addition, ovarian cysts can also be a cause of nausea.
Lastly, deep penetration can sometimes cause nausea in some women. This is because the penis can stimulate the cervix, which can trigger a vagus nerve response and make you feel sick, explains Reed.
If you’re experiencing nauseous feelings after sex, try not to panic. Most of the time, this is nothing to worry about, but if you’re experiencing other symptoms, it’s important to visit your doctor and get checked out. Depending on what’s causing your nauseous feelings, your doctor may prescribe different medication or recommend other treatment options. With that being said, it’s always a good idea to stay well-hydrated and avoid food and drink that might be making you feel sick before or during sex.
Cause 4: Physical Pain
Occasionally, pain in the pelvic area can cause nausea after sex, especially if it’s caused by deep penetration or certain sexual positions. This can be a sign of underlying health issues like endometriosis (where the tissue that lines the uterus grows in other areas of the body outside of the womb), or it can be a symptom of uterine fibroids or cysts. In these cases, it’s important to consult with your gynecologist for an exam and to talk about how to manage the pain and symptoms.
Nausea can also be a symptom of a pelvic infection, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. Infections like these can cause an inflammation of the uterus, which can lead to nausea and other symptoms. This is why it’s so important to use a condom during sexual activity and make sure you get tested if you think you may have an infection.
Sometimes, nauseous feelings after sex are simply due to the physical exertion and release of hormones involved in orgasm. Other times, it’s a result of food or medications you’re taking, dehydration, or an underlying mental or physical health issue. Whatever the case, there are steps you can take to feel better and get back to enjoying your time in the bedroom. Be sure to stay hydrated and communicate with your partner about what makes you both feel good and what doesn’t.