Why Do I Feel Sick After Sex?

Feeling nauseous after sex is not normal, but it is nothing to worry about. It can happen for a variety of reasons.

First, it’s important to know that nausea after sex does not mean you are pregnant, OB/GYN Dr Adeeti Gupta explains. It takes much longer for sperm to fertilise an egg.

Endometriosis

The discomfort associated with endometriosis (a condition where tissue that resembles the lining of the womb grows in other areas) can cause nausea during or after sex. This is because the pelvic area can feel uncomfortable or painful. This can also lead to bowel issues and stomach aches, making you feel nauseous. It isn’t as common as other symptoms, but some people have allergies to their partner’s semen which can make them feel sick after sex. This is usually due to the semen’s components or what they eat before they have sex.

It isn’t always easy to pinpoint why you are feeling nauseous after sex, but it’s important that you speak with your GP if it happens more than just occasionally. They will be able to help you find out the cause of your nauseous feelings, whether it is something as simple as ramping up your foreplay or an underlying female health issue like endometriosis.

It’s a common misconception that if you get nauseous after sex, it means you are pregnant or have conceived. It’s actually more likely that you have a health issue, such as endometriosis or cysts or fibroids which can make you feel sick during and after sex, particularly if it is around your period time. It’s a good idea to book in with your GP for a pelvic exam so they can note your symptoms and check for long-term issues.

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Cysts or Fibroids

If nausea after sex is accompanied by pain and other pelvic symptoms, it could be caused by uterine fibroids. These are benign growths of muscle and tissue in the uterus. They can grow anywhere in the uterus, but most commonly form in the lining of the uterus (endometrium). Fibroids range in size from tiny like a bead to as large as a watermelon. Depending on where they grow and their size, they can cause pain during intercourse (dyspareunia) and stomach aches after sex.

Fibroids can also affect a woman’s body image and reduce sex drive. They often make a woman feel bloated and heavy. If they grow very large, they can distort the abdomen and mimic pregnancy. Combined with other symptoms, like painful menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain, they can make women not enjoy sex as much or even avoid it completely.

If a woman has uterine fibroids and is experiencing symptoms, such as painful intercourse and nausea after sex, it is important to speak with her gynecologist about the condition. Often, there are non-surgical treatment options that can be used to alleviate these symptoms and restore a woman’s desire for sex and a healthy intimate life. Moreover, there is no evidence that lack of sex causes uterine fibroids. Instead, it is thought that sex actually reduces the chances of developing fibroids.

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Dehydration

Nausea after sex isn’t exactly normal, but it also isn’t uncommon for a variety of reasons. It could be caused by swallowing semen by accident; an allergic reaction to the condom or lubrication that you were using (this can happen, and it’s not just a thing during pregnancy); a stomach bug; or even acid reflux.

Another reason why you might feel nauseated after sex is because of a lack of water. If you’re someone who neglects hydration, it’s important to drink lots of water before you have sex to prevent this from happening. This will help keep your digestive system in tip-top shape.

If you’re feeling queasy after orgasms, it’s probably because of the hormones your body is releasing. These hormones are meant to make you happy and relaxed, but they can sometimes cause a headache or nausea.

If you’re experiencing sex-related nausea more than just a few times, it’s worth talking to your GP. They’ll check to see if you have an underlying female health condition that needs treatment, or if you’re not drinking enough water or relaxing into your lovemaking as much as possible. From there, you can find ways to enjoy sex more fully and without the nausea side effects. Hopefully, ruling out some of these causes will have you feeling satisfied and blissed out in no time!

Anxiety

Feeling queasy after sex isn’t uncommon but it can take the enjoyment out of your lovemaking. If you are feeling this symptom frequently it might be worth chatting to your GP as they could advise some treatment options.

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Sometimes a feeling of nausea after sex can be caused by anxiety and stress. If you are experiencing this after sex then try some relaxation techniques to help ease these feelings. This can include breathing exercises, meditation or temple massage to help relax your body. Alternatively, you may be dehydrated and should be drinking more water throughout the day as this can help with this.

In some cases, feeling sick after sex can be a sign of an underlying medical condition like Endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. You should make an appointment with your GP if you are having this symptom accompanied by pain, fever or blood in the urine as these can be serious medical conditions.

Feeling nauseous after orgasm can be a normal part of the process but it’s worth letting your partner know that you don’t like it and that they should slow down. If this is something that happens regularly it may also be a sign of a psychological problem called Sexual Aversion Disorder which can be triggered by past experiences or negative emotions associated with intimacy.

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