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Post-Orgasm Dizziness

Dear Yvonne,

I feel nauseous and dizzy (but no head pain) after orgasm. Any idea what's going on?

-- Heidi

Dear Heidi, It would be best to consult with your physician on this matter to rule out any medical conditions. Nausea and dizziness post-climax can be due to:

  • Pregnancy, especially in the first trimester;
  • Vaso-vagal response (which is related to the vagus nerve);
  • Inner ear crystal dislodgement, e.g., from throwing your head back during orgasm;
  • Changes in the cardiovascular system, including straining and holding your breath during climax;
  • Gynecological issues, like fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis;
  • Psychological issues with sex, for example, seeing sex as nauseating
In figuring this out with a professional, you'll also want to consider if you have this reaction every time you have sex or during certain times of the month and if it's triggered by certain positions. The duration and intensity of sex should be assessed as well.

Dr. Yvonne KristAn Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of Sexuality Source Inc. She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."