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18 January 2011

Allergy to semen after orgasm a rare illness

A mysterious syndrome in which men come down with a flu-like illness after an orgasm may be caused by an allergy to semen, scientists have said.

A mysterious syndrome in which men come down with a flu-like illness after an orgasm may be caused by an allergy to semen, Dutch scientists said .

Men with the condition, known as post orgasmic illness syndrome or POIS and documented in medical journals since 2002, get flu-like symptoms within seconds, minutes, or hours after masturbation, coitus, or spontaneous ejaculation. Symptoms can last for up to week.

"These results are a very important breakthrough in the research of this syndrome," Dr Waldinger said. He said the findings "contradict the idea that the complaints have a psychological cause" and show that an auto-allergic reaction to semen is the most likely cause.

 
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