Your next orgasm could be a killer ... literally.
A 35-year-old woman suffered a life-threatening stroke after having an orgasm. Yes, an orgasm.
"This young woman ... while having intercourse, had numbness on the left side of her face, slurred speech, and weakness in her left arm," Jose Biller, MD, professor and chair of the neurology department at Loyola University, Chicago tells WebMD. "When she was transferred to our care six hours after onset, she was completely unable to move her left arm, her face was paralyzed, her speech was garbled, and she was in a state of panic."
After some aggressive treatment in surgery, she's fine now. But could this happen to you?
Most people who have a sex stroke have a small
opening in the wall between the two upper chambers of their heart, called a PFO.
One in four adults has this minor heart defect. But just having a PFO isn't enough to cause a stroke, WebMD reports. A person also must have a blood clot that breaks loose and enters the heart just in time to be sucked through the PFO during sex, lodge in the brain, and cause a stroke. The odds are astronomical.
"If you develop sudden neurological symptoms during sex, it could be a stroke. You need to seek help urgently and go to the emergency room," Brett L. Cucchiara, MD, director of the Penn Stroke Center at the University of Pennsylvania, warns.
We've tried "Honey, I have PMS" as an excuse to get out of sex. "Honey, I have PFO" can't be far behind.