October 13, 2011
Awesome Sex Can Cause Memory Loss In Some People
Scientists said in a new study that sex can actually wipe someone's memory.
Researchers cite a case of a 54-year-old women who arrived at a hospital in Washington DC who had just been intimate with her husband and then lost all recollection of the past 24 hours.The team said this condition is known as "transient global amnesia" which is temporary.
"We don't know very much about the cause. It causes a lot of alarm, but this is not a stroke or an event that causes damage to the brain. It's almost always very benign," Sebastian Ameriso, from the Institute for Neurological Research in Buenos Aires, told Livescience.
Very little is known about what triggers the condition, but some doctors believe that misfiring valves in the neck may be the cause.
These valves remain open, instead of closing shut. This allows pressure in the stomach to push oxygen-poor blood that should be seeping downwards to the heart, back up through the jugular veins and in to the part of the brain that control memories.
The condition affects just one of three to five people per 100,000 a year. In the majority of the cases, it takes just a few hours for the memory to return.
One case of transient global amnesia in 1964 caused a man to lose his memory the moment he orgasmed during sex, causing him to exclaim "Where am I? What's happened?"
The case of the 54-year-old women was reported in The Journal of Emergency Medicine.
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