(UTRECHT, Netherlands) – Men who experience flu-like symptoms moments after climax could be allergic to their own semen, according to Dutch scientists.
The rare condition, known as post orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS), presents itself with symptoms such as runny nose, extreme fatigue and burning eyes.
Although little has been known about the condition previously, two studies published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine by researchers at Utrecht University could explain what it is and how it can be treated.
“These results are a very important breakthrough in the research of this syndrome,” said Professor Marcel Waldinger, the lead researcher. His team studied 45 men who had been diagnosed with the illness.
“They didn't feel ill when they masturbated without ejaculating, but as soon as the semen came from the testes...after that they became ill, sometimes within just a few minutes,” Waldinger said.
Men who agreed to hyposensitisation therapy, a common technique for treating allergies, showed significant improvement in their symptoms within one to three years.
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