What is that one topic everyone wants to be a part of but they are too ashamed to talk about it or own up to the fact that they are interested in it? Sex. Yes, the three letter word is the most frequently thought-of subject in the world and is India's number 1 hobby that a lot of us have taken up during the long hours of load-shedding.
While a lot is often said about the different aspects of sex, there's little awareness about the medical conditions that might arise from it. One such condition is the Post-Orgasmic Illness Syndrome.
According to Wikipedia,
In men, postorgasmic illness syndrome (POIS) is a rare disease which, immediately following ejaculation, can cause severe muscle pain throughout the body, as well as other symptoms which can be cognitive, psychological, or physiological.
POIS was first discovered by a Dutch neuroscientist named Marcel Waldinger in 2002. The patient zero is said to have suffered from a warm abdomen after ejaculating. Waldinger has gone on record to say that POIS may be more common than doctors think, but shame and confusion prevent sufferers from coming forward.
While a similar condition is possible to have affected women as well, there has only been one reported case about the same.
What are the tell-tale signs of POIS?
Some of the common symptoms for POIS include: severe fatigue, mild to severe headache, weakness, and flu-like or allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and nasal irritation. In addition to this, feeling disoriented after ejaculation can also be considered as a red flag.
While POIS is seen as an auto-immune disease (definitely not Lupus), it's highly likely that a lot of unreported cases about it are due to the lack of awareness.
In a brilliant turn of events, motivational posters about finishing first in life have no meaning to those who suffer from this condition.
If you were to visit a forum for people who are suffering from POIS, you’ll find many others taking similar, seemingly extreme steps to ensure they don’t have to deal with the psychological nightmare that is their post-orgasm condition.
Acknowledging a problem is the first step towards solving it and we need a discourse on this as well. POIS diagnoses need to reach a critical mass in order for doctors to begin taking it seriously.