Why Do I Feel Nauseous After Sex
Why Do I Feel Nauseous After Sex? If you’re like most women, there’s likely been a time or two during your life where you felt lightheaded, weak, dizzy or even nauseated for no apparent reason. You may have thought it was just an “unwanted” side effect from something you ate or drank. Or perhaps someone at work made some off-hand comment about how unwell you were feeling. In my own case, I once experienced a brief spell of nausea after sex – so much so, that I actually threw up afterwards!
I’ve had many clients tell me they experience this same phenomenon post coitus. Some say it happens more often than others; while others report it never occurs. There are a number of reasons why this might happen. The first thing we need to consider is the difference between a “vasovagal syncope,” and other types of fainting spells. A vasovagal syncope (also known as a vasodepressor syncope) is basically caused by a disruption in normal blood flow. It occurs when you lose consciousness because of low blood pressure and/or high heart rates. You may find yourself suddenly feeling dizzy, weak, disoriented, confused, or even sick to your stomach. It’s important to note that if the episode lasts longer than ten minutes, it should be considered an actual seizure or fit.
The second thing to keep in mind is that feelings of nausea can also occur due to another medical condition. For example, if you recently gave birth (especially a C-section), suffer from severe morning sickness, or have diabetes, then you should consult with your doctor before having intercourse. These conditions could lead to serious complications such as dehydration, hypoglycemia, etc.
There are several different causes of nausea, including motion sickness, food poisoning, alcohol consumption, and certain medications. However, one common cause is triggered by sexual activity. In fact, some doctors refer to this particular type of nausea as “sexsickness.” And interestingly enough, it’s not uncommon for women who don’t typically experience bouts of nausea to become temporarily incapacitated after sex. To help put things into perspective, let’s look at how your nervous system works.
Your nervous system consists of a network of nerves throughout your entire body. Each individual nerve cell contains numerous tiny branches called axons, which carry messages along various pathways within the body. When these axons encounter specialized receptors on cells, they send chemical signals to those cells. If you think of each nerve cell as a telephone switchboard, then the axon is the incoming call button.
When you contract your pelvic muscles during sexual stimulation or penetration, your uterus contracts and sends a message down the spinal cord to your brain. In turn, your brain receives that signal and interprets it as sexual arousal. Once interpreted, your brain tells your sympathetic nervous system to release hormones such as oxytocin, prolactin, serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
Oxytocin is primarily responsible for triggering uterine muscle contraction, allowing sperm to travel through the fallopian tubes, and promoting milk production. Prolactin is released during orgasm to help stimulate breast tissue growth, promote lactation, and maintain pregnancy. Serotonin helps regulate mood, appetite, sleep cycle, and pain perception. Dopamine relieves stress, calms anxiety, and can increase libido. Finally, norepinephrine promotes wakefulness, alertness, and can enhance sexual desire.
As mentioned earlier, your cervix contains a huge amount of nerve endings. So what does all of this mean? Basically, your cervix controls everything going on inside your vagina. During sexual arousal, it releases hormones into your bloodstream which trigger the release of neurotransmitters (like dopamine and norepinephrine) which act upon your central nervous system. As a result, your brain becomes aroused and begins secreting hormones that make you feel happy, relaxed, sleepy, aroused, calm, hungry, thirsty, angry, scared, lonely, tired, anxious, cold, hot, full, empty, warm, sad, excited, disgusted, and more – all without any conscious input from you. Your body’s natural reaction is to conserve energy by shutting down areas of the brain such as motor cortex function, vision processing, language skills, and memory. All of this is happening automatically.
This means that your cervix is sending a message to your brain telling your brain to shut down parts of the brain involved in regulating things like breathing, heartbeat, digestion, urination, and ejaculation. Now here comes the interesting part. Since your cervix is directly connected to your vagus nerve, which runs through your abdomen from top to bottom, it’s possible that your cervix is inadvertently stimulating your vagus nerve. This explains why people sometimes get nauseous right after sex. Their bodies interpret this as being overwhelmed by the sudden influx of pleasure signals coming from their genitals.
So now that you know why you might be experiencing nausea post-sex, do you want to prevent it from happening again? Well, it depends. First of all, if you’re concerned about health issues, always consult your physician before engaging in new activities. Make sure you aren’t pregnant first though. Also, take note of whether or not you tend to feel queasy right after sex. If you notice that you only get nauseous once every few months, chances are pretty good that you won’t ever experience it again. But if you’re prone to getting ill quite frequently, then maybe you should try changing positions during sex or using a lubricant to reduce friction.
Finally, remember that feelings of nausea can also be attributed to other factors aside from physical contact. Don’t underestimate the power of your imagination. Try taking a walk outside or listening to relaxing music instead. You’ll probably feel better afterward.
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