A 44-year-old woman had a health-related emergency while receiving oral sex from her partner. As she was nearing orgasm, the woman lost consciousness. While she was only unconscious for a few minutes and seemed to experience few ill effects, the situation was serious, as a brain scan revealed that a blood vessel had burst in her brain.
The woman, according to a report by the Daily Mail, was receiving oral sex from her partner and passed out as she was getting close to having an orgasm.
She lost consciousness for about three minutes but came back around.
While she only complained of a “moderate” headache after regaining consciousness, paramedics determined that she should still be brought to the hospital.
Though medics couldn’t identify precisely what caused the stroke, changes in blood pressure during sex may have been to blame, as shifts in blood pressure during such activities are considered “well-described” as potential causes of bursting blood vessels.
The woman’s partner, who was not identified in the report, noted that the 44-year-old’s body “was stiff” while she received oral sex.
In a report on the case, doctors wrote: “On closer history taking, the patient reported nearing orgasm while receiving oral sex from her partner before losing consciousness.”
“She had been otherwise well preceding the event,” they added.
The woman received treatment at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, England. When she arrived, her vital signs were normal, and she was both conscious and responsive. The woman noted that she did feel sick, but she did not vomit.
She also added that she had a headache toward the front of her head, though only rated the pain as a six out of 10.
Initially, medical professionals believed the woman might have suffered from a seizure. However, a CT scan revealed blood between her brain and skull, indicating she had a stroke.
Her final diagnosis was a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a kind of bleeding on the brain. Medics did note that it was “small in size.”
In the report, doctors discussed the possible link between burst blood vessels and sexual activity.
“Older studies with [artery] monitoring during coitus demonstrate that during sexual activity blood pressure, as well as heart rate, is very [liable to change], with particular rises during orgasm,” they said.
The woman spent two weeks in the hospital before being sent home. No lasting problems from the stroke were expected.