J R Soc Med 2008;101:587-591
© 2008 Royal Society of Medicine


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Mahmood F Bhutta Specialist Registrar ENT Surgery  1  
Harold Maxwell Retired Honorary Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist  2

1 Wexham Park Hospital Wexham Street, Wexham, Slough, Berkshire SL2 4HL, UK
2 formerly at West Middlesex University Hospital Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF, UK

Correspondence to: Mahmood Bhutta [email protected]


We describe a hitherto under-recognized curious response in some individuals: of sneezing in response either to sexual ideation or in response to orgasm. Our review suggests that it may be much more common than expected. We surmise that an indiscrete stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system may be an underlying mechanism to explain this and other reported unusual triggers of sneezing.