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Is Your Own Orgasm Making You Sick?

Perhaps you have POIS:

Oface "Some poor men are apparently allergic to their own semen, developing a mysterious flu-like illness after they have an ejaculation, Dutch researchers reported Monday. The condition, known as post-orgasmic illness syndrome or POIS, has been documented since 2002. Symptoms include feverishness, runny nose, extreme fatigue and burning eyes, which can last for up to a week. Some physicians had suggested that the disorder was psychosomatic, but Marcel Waldinger, a professor of sexual psychopharmacology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and his colleagues demonstrated in two papers in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that the syndrome was allergic in nature and that it might be possible to desensitize men to the problem."

According to the researchers, "Waldinger and his colleagues studied 45 men with POIS. Thirty-three of the men agreed to undergo a standard skin-prick allergy test using a diluted form of their own semen; 29 of those 33, or 88%, showed a positive allergic reaction, indicating an autoimmune response."

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  1. Skin prick test? Hee hee.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jan 18, 2011 11:26:19 AM

  2. "Prick" test. Really?...
    Is this from Onion??! :-)

    Posted by: Ron | Jan 18, 2011 11:27:47 AM

  3. If this is for reelz, what a bummer! I've never heard of this.

    Posted by: romeo | Jan 18, 2011 11:29:03 AM

  4. Ive gotta ask now... does this mean one could be allergic to the spooge of *someone else* -?

    Posted by: Spudger | Jan 18, 2011 12:48:21 PM

  5. only the Dutch would think of a survey like this...oh yesh

    Posted by: arch | Jan 18, 2011 12:51:32 PM

  6. So this desensitization treatment - what's that supposed to look like? : )

    Posted by: Bryant | Jan 18, 2011 1:01:04 PM

  7. My orgasm doesn't make me sick but this pictured guy's orgasm is reminding me that my orgasm face is totes unattractive.

    Posted by: Joe B. | Jan 18, 2011 1:19:04 PM

  8. "Symptoms...can last for up to a week."

    Uh, so they have these allergies all the time then? Or is it just when they taste their own sperm? Confusing.

    Also, is that guy cumming or about to sneeze? or both?

    Posted by: Steverino | Jan 18, 2011 1:39:13 PM

  9. What about Pre-cum?

    Posted by: Paulie | Jan 18, 2011 1:44:05 PM

  10. and why in gods green earth would this condition be solely endemic to the Gay Male community!! This is such bogus BS!!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jan 18, 2011 1:54:35 PM

  11. just another reason for the Right Wing to grab a hold of this research and say "See they are such vile perverts that Nature is responding to their wickedness by making them Sick from their ejaculate"!! For Chrissake wait til Porno Pete and FRC and AFA and every friggin batshit crazed lunatic starts with the above!!!! Sometimes we can be our own worse enemy!!!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jan 18, 2011 1:56:48 PM

  12. I do not suffer from this problem.

    When I masturbate I like to eat my own cum.

    It's tasty.

    Posted by: SteveC | Jan 18, 2011 2:00:36 PM

  13. I wonder how many of the men in the study were queer vs. how many were straight.

    I wouldn't doubt if it was psychosomatic. A lot of straight men have a morbid fear or hatred of penises and cum, as if contacting them might make them gay.

    They describe their genitals as "junk," have a double standard regarding male nudity vs. female nudity, and they write in to Dan Savage worried that masturbation, eating their own cum, or butt-play will make them gay...

    Posted by: DH | Jan 18, 2011 2:10:25 PM

  14. this sounds a bit odd to me. one more thing to worry about i suppose!?

    Posted by: jgm22 | Jan 18, 2011 2:13:31 PM

  15. uhm yeah


    I would be curious about the upbringing of these supposed allergic people

    did they come from religious homes? I had sex once with a guy who jumped up after the orgasms and showered while singing religious praise songs, then out of the shower got on the floor on hands and knees curled up praying = CRAZY

    there are some seriously crazy repressed people out there and would not be surprised at all for some do develop a psychosomatic condition about sex

    Posted by: | Jan 18, 2011 2:51:22 PM

  16. PS

    Yeah BS on this

    psychosomatic cause there is no way someone develops an allergy / immune response to themselves and lives past the age of 1 day

    either seriously compromised immune systems after being exposed to some other chemical agent or HIV MAYBE!

    otherwise no way. One could have an allergic reaction to someone else's sperm = foreign proteins but definetly not to oneself

    Posted by: | Jan 18, 2011 2:58:05 PM

  17. "I had sex once with a guy who jumped up after the orgasms and showered while singing religious praise songs, then out of the shower got on the floor on hands and knees curled up praying = CRAZY"

    FTW! ROTFLMAO! Just be thankful that there weren't any corkscrews around...

    Yeah, most people's orgasms make me sick.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 18, 2011 3:06:56 PM

  18. RE: "it might be possible to desensitize men to the problem" -- WINK! ;)

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 18, 2011 4:30:57 PM

  19. This is bullshit as I have read stories of women who are allergic to their husbands cum. Those stories can be found on the internet.

    Posted by: lovecum | Jan 18, 2011 4:50:30 PM

  20. My orgasms have made me feel ill for several years, but only because my subculture has convinced me - despite my best efforts to resist - that being over 50 means I'm physically repulsive, that my sexuality is disgusting, and that any desire I feel makes me a "dirty old man."

    I suppose I could spend all day at the gym fighting the inevitable and all my disposable income having surgery, but I've found more dignity in becoming asexual. Funny, to have spent one's life routing the poison the macroculture put in my head, only to finally give in to self loathing based on how my own community regards me. Oh well - can't win 'em all.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jan 18, 2011 6:20:53 PM

  21. @bryan Then what you're saying is that you're Tim Gunn?

    Posted by: MVP | Jan 18, 2011 6:24:40 PM

  22. Anywhere my own cum lands on my chest turns I guess if I want to call out for a sick day I should eat it instead.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jan 18, 2011 6:46:31 PM

  23. I knew a woman who was allergic to her fiance's spunk. She was treated with NAET -- which worked. They got married and were successful breeders. ;)

    Posted by: lewlew | Jan 18, 2011 7:30:12 PM

  24. I don't get sick after an orgasm, but I think I'd show up as being "allergic" to semen. If I get ANY jizz on my face after sex and don't wash it off within 20 minutes, I have a zit within 36 hours in that exact spot. Annoying as hell! Has anyone else noticed that?

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 18, 2011 8:22:47 PM

  25. @alexinboston: I don't see any info suggesting any of the men studied were gay. All kinds of men ejaculate.

    Posted by: Gregv | Jan 18, 2011 9:33:41 PM

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