Side Effects of Sex in Men and Women

Some of the side effects of sex can be life-threatening, and healthy sexual behavior has far-reaching beneficial effects for couples and families. Sexuality is an integral part of being human. Love, affection, and sexual intimacy contribute to healthy relationships and individual well-being. But along with the positive aspects of our human sexuality, there also are illnesses, mixed emotions, and unintended consequences that can affect our sexual health. An open discussion of sexuality issues is important to promoting sexual health and responsibility. More attention has been placed on sexual health since the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the following statement more than 25 years ago. WHO declared: “There exist fundamental rights for the individual, including …freedom from organic disorders, diseases, and deficiencies that interfere with sexual and reproductive function.” Some of the most common side effects of sex that might seem weird, but actually happen pretty often while others could be rare include;


Penile Fracture

During sexual intercourse, a man’s penis can fracture. This is not the same as a bone fracture but instead affects the areas of the penis. According to research, penile fracture symptoms that do not include a popping sound or rapid loss of erection are usually due to another type of injury. A penile fracture will often cause the penis to take on what doctors call an “eggplant deformity,” where the penis appears purple and swollen. Rarer symptoms of a penile fracture include swelling in the scrotum and blood in the urine.


Sexually Transmitted diseases

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also commonly called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They are the infections you get from another person through sexual contact. According to the CDC, there are more than 20 known types of STDs/STIs. In addition, over 20 million people in the United States are infected each year. About half of these people are aged 15-24. Luckily, most STDs can be treated and cured. Sometimes people have no sign that they have this disease. A man with chlamydia may feel pain when urinating or see fluid drip from the penis. A woman may bleed between periods, feel pain when urinating, see a discharge or feel mild pain in the lower belly. From anal sex, a patient may have anal bleeding or pain.


Excess secretion of fluid

Whether you’re squirting or experiencing female ejaculation, both are natural side effects of sex and shouldn’t be a source of anxiety. Research shows that female ejaculation which is different than the lubrication produced when you’re turned on is a small amount of white-ish fluid that occurs just before you climax, and it has all the characteristics of prostate plasma (i.e. it’s not straight urine). In fact, in a separate study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers tested women’s fluids post-climax and found the gushing liquid was partially urine, but the majority was this prostate plasma.


You Experience Pain

Research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 30 percent of women experience pain during vaginal sex and the majority of them experience this discomfort inside their vagina or around the vaginal entrance. The pain could be caused by a number of things, from not being wet enough to have vigorous, thrusting sex. Sex should not be painful for men unless something is wrong. For men, pain during sex can be caused by an infection, an allergic reaction to spermicide or latex, a physical condition such as having a foreskin that is too tight, or irritation from previous sexual or non-sexual activities


Release Air from Your Vagina

Sometimes after sex, the vagina lets out a noise that sounds shockingly like a fart, queefing is the result of a trapped pocket of air getting pushed out of your vagina, and the sound that follows often resembles having a gas, queefing is a completely normal side effect of sex and something that happens to many people (even if it’s not talked about openly).


Your Energy level Crashes Immediately After Sex

The two culprits responsible for this side effect of sex or post-coitus crash are; Vasopressin, while trying to return the body to homeostasis, is the hormone that causes the foggy afterglow of orgasm and is thought to reduce stress, and the hormone prolactin which causes the refractory period after your orgasm, as well as an onset of drowsiness, she explains.


Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections(UTIs) are extremely common side effects of sex for vagina-having folks, and it’s believed that the friction of vaginal intercourse makes it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder via your urethra. In Addition, the opening to the urethra is close to the vagina and anus, which makes it easier for bugs from those areas to get into your urinary tract. While there aren’t many sex disadvantages for health, putting anything into a vagina can increase the risk for certain, err, down-under complications. Your risk of bladder infection with sex sometimes called honeymoon cystitis can also be one of the side effects of having sex every day.


Sexual Headaches

A sexual benign headache happens because the increase in sexual excitement causes the muscles to contract in your head and neck, resulting in head pain. An orgasm headache, on the other hand, occurs because of a spike in blood pressure that causes your blood vessels to dilate. Movement makes orgasm headaches worse. The explosive types of headaches are thought to be brought on by changes in blood vessel regulation leading to blood vessel dilation, similar to migraine headaches. A good percentage of men experience post-sex headaches.


Post Sex Nausea

Many women feel nauseated after penetrative sex, this could be due to an episode of vasovagal syncope. This could occur when your partner penetrates very deeply, hitting your cervix. Your cervix has lots of nerve endings that can trigger a vasovagal response.

Fainting is the main symptom of vasovagal syncope. You may have symptoms before fainting such as Nausea, warm, flushed feeling, a face that turns pale, sweaty palms, feeling dizzy and blurred vision. If you lie down and elevate your legs at the first sign of these symptoms, you will often be able to prevent fainting. Not everyone notices symptoms before fainting, however, when a person does faint, lying down restores blood flow to the brain. Consciousness should return fairly quickly. You might not feel normal for a little while after you faint. You might feel depressed or fatigued for a short time. You may even feel nauseous afterward and vomit.



Compulsive sexual behavior is sometimes called hypersexuality, hypersexuality disorder, or sexual addiction. It’s an excessive preoccupation with sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors that are difficult to control, cause you distress, or negatively affect your health, job, relationships, or other parts of your life. ALSO READ: Health Benefits of Sex For Men and Women

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