17 Jan '11, 1am

A mysterious syndrome where men come down with a flu-like illness after orgasm may be due to a semen allergy: Study

LONDON - A MYSTERIOUS syndrome in which men come down with a flu-like illness after an orgasm may be caused by an allergy to semen, Dutch scientists said on Monday. Men with the condition, known as post orgasmic illness syndrome or POIS and documented in medical journals since 2002, get flu-like symptoms such as feverishness, runny nose, extreme fatigue and burning eyes immediately after they ejaculate. Symptoms can last for up to week. Marcel Waldinger, a professor of sexual psychopharmacology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, published two studies which suggest that men with POIS have an allergy to their own semen, and that a treatment known as hyposensitisation therapy can help reduce its impact. 'These results are a very important breakthrough in the research of this syndrome,' Prof Waldinger said in a telephone interview. He said the findings 'contradict the i...

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