Could really great sex result in memory loss? Apparently so, according to a recent article in The Journal of Emergency Medicine. The piece examines the case of a 54-year-old Washington, DC, area woman who was admitted to Georgetown University Hospital suffering from amnesia immediately after having orgasm-inducing sex.
According to the report, after making love to her husband, the woman had no memory whatsoever of the previous 24 hours. This very rare form of memory loss, known as “transient global amnesia,” affects only 3 to 5 out of 100,000 people yearly, usually men and women over 50. Doctors think this temporary form of amnesia may be the result of the "Valsalva maneuver,” in which the body “bears down” while doing strenuous activity such as lifting weights or -- you guessed it -- having sex.
Putting extreme pressure on the abdomen allows oxygen-poor blood to push back up the neck and pile up in the veins draining the brain. This lack of oxygen-rich blood could affect the parts of the brain responsible for short term memory. For more on this rare phenomenon, check the video of CNN Health's Sex Expert Blogger Ian Kerner, along with Dr. Laura Berman, discussing this rare phenomenon with Joy Behar Show guest host Ashleigh Banfield.