Sometimes, some people can feel dizzy or get a headache during or immediately after sex. This isn’t always a cause for alarm! There are many reasons why you might feel this way, especially during or after an orgasm.
Why does it happen?
Sometimes, when someone is aroused, they might breathe harder or faster than they usually do. In some cases, this can lead to hyperventilating. This causes levels of carbon dioxide in the blood to fall, which can make you feel lightheaded or dizzy. Although it is rare, this can also cause some people to lose consciousness (pass out) after orgasm. When this happens, it only lasts for a few moments. Some people say that this is why, in French, an orgasm is sometimes called “la petite mort”: the little death!
You may also feel dizzy if your sexual activity used a lot of physical strength or energy. If you’re especially tired, hungry, or worn out, exerting yourself like this can make you feel dizzy. Any of these things can also cause headaches or, less frequently, nausea.
What can I do about it?
If you’re feeling dizzy, lying down and raising your legs may help you feel better. If you don’t feel better within ten minutes, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor about your symptoms.
When should I talk to a doctor?
An occasional dizzy spell or headache during or after sex is usually nothing to worry about. But if these symptoms are overwhelming, or happen all the time, it’s best to talk to a healthcare provider. Sometimes, regular dizziness and headaches caused by sex can mean more serious conditions. A doctor can help you figure out if you have problems with your blood pressure or the vessels in your brain. If you do have a condition that’s causing these symptoms, the doctor might be able to prescribe you some medication or other treatment to help.