Monday, September 22, 2008


There are lots of signs that your partner is having a genuine orgasm. Curled toes, perspiration, dilated pupils, expensive dinner receipts. But you can cross slurred speech, numbness on one side of the body, and sudden unconsciousness off the list. If your partner demonstrates these symptoms, he or she may be having an orgasm-triggered stroke. It happened recently to a 35-year-old Illinois woman, and by the time she made it to the hospital, it was too late to give her the preferred clot-busting, anti-stroke medicine. A catheter had to be run from her groin to her brain in order to find her clot via angiography. She’s fine now, but that could have been the deadliest orgasm ever. And she wasn’t the first person to stroke out during sex. In those cases, like many cases of spontaneous stroke in younger people, the patients all had a minor heart defect called a patent foramen ovale (PFO). A PFO is a small hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart that allows blood to flow directly to the brain during periods of physical strain. Some other stroke-causing activities besides hot sex? Trying to exhale while closing your mouth and pinching your nostrils and straining during a bowel movement. Yes, those were the other two examples provided by CBS News. If you don’t believe me, you can read more about them here.

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