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Mahmood F Bhutta and Harold Maxwell
Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

J R Soc Med 2008; 101: 587-591


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Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon
Simon J Parsons
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Sex and sneezing
Norman Bridgewater
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Sneeze, Hiccups, and Hippocrates
Murat Songu
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SNEEZING AND SEXUAL AROUSAL
jackie duncan
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What about the reverse situation?
Sarah Tonin
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Sex fantasy and sneezing, me too!
MC S
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Bless you! Sneezing and the Seven Deadly Sins
Bill Davidson
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Sneezing
P Virola
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Sneezing and orgasm
david cooper
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Experience Sharing for Sneezing
Peter Li
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sex-and-sneezing condition
Bruno Sanches
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Sneezing induced by sexual ideation
JJ vd Vyver
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Frank Demaria
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Personal experience
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“sexual” arousal have always provoked me sneezing
Elie ARCHONTIS
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sneezing when full
Heather J Lane
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Feedback: Pre-orgasmic sexual thoughts and sneezing
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I also must sneeze while thinking about sex
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Sex Sneezing
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Sneezing associated with hunger pangs
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Interesting article
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Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon
10 August 2009
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Simon J Parsons,
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Sneezing after orgasm started happening to me some years ago. It does
not happen all the time, but there are periods when it does!! Glad to know
I’m not alone!!



Sex and sneezing
7 July 2009
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Norman Bridgewater,
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What a relief to find this evidence that sneezing after sex is not a
hidden deterioration of my health. As a young man I drank beer and would
often walk home after a few pints sneezing my head off. If I’d had a
takeaway on the way home, the sneezing would almost certainly ensure I
didn’t keep it down. About 15 years ago I began to sneeze violently after
having sex and ejaculation which has happened on 99% of occasions. Now at
the age of 60 I was begining to think that my immune system was
malfunctioning and my body having some sort of allergic reaction to my own
body fluids. I have never mentioned this to anyone but it was obvious to
my partner. Yes a great relief to know it’s not just me. It would be nice
to put a name to the condition.



Sneeze, Hiccups, and Hippocrates
27 May 2009
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Murat Songu,
MD, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Dr. Behçet Uz Children’s Hospital & Izmir Ataturk Research and Training Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.

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We read with great interest the article by Bhutta and Maxwell
entitled “Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported
phenomenon” [1]. We realized that two early reports describing an
association between sexual excitement and sneeze reflex were not mentioned
in this article. Stromberg and Korpas, both described male orgasm as a
precipitant for the sneeze reflex, but there was again no convincing basis
given for the phenomenon in these reports [2,3].
According to Hippocrates, sneezing cures another respiratory reflex – the
hiccups. Recently, Peleg and Peleg reported their observation of sexual
intercourse as a potential treatment for intractable hiccups [4]. On the
fourth day of intractable hiccups, their patient had sexual intercourse.
The hiccups continued during the interlude, but from the moment of
ejaculation, they ceased completely.
In conclusion, we agree with the authors that sneezing induced by sexual
ideation or orgasm is much more common than recognized and we congratulate
them once again for their fascinating work. We also speculate that as both
sneezing and sexual intercourse take part in the treatment of hiccups in a
group of patients, it is quite possible that they may be using the same
pathways. Finally, it is a natural phenomenon for someone to sneeze with
sexual ideation or orgasm.

References
1. Bhutta MF, Maxwell H. Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an
under-reported phenomenon. J R Soc Med 2008;101(12):587-91.
2. Stromberg BV. Sneezing: its physiology and management. Eye Ear Nose
Throat Mon 1975;54:49–53.
3. Korpas J, Tomori Z. Cough and other respiratory reflexes. In: Progress
in Respiratory Research. Vol. 23. Basel, Switzerland: Karger, 1979:218–23.
4. Peleg R, Peleg A. Case report: sexual intercourse as potential
treatment for intractable hiccups. Can Family Phys 2000;46:1631–2.



SNEEZING AND SEXUAL AROUSAL
6 March 2009
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jackie duncan

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I have ‘suffered’ from this for years and find it reassuring to
discover that I am not the only one, but reading the comments, it seems
that it affects men mainly.

I would love to find out more and make sense of my at times,
inappropriate response!



What about the reverse situation?
18 January 2009
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Sarah Tonin,
medical journalist
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I’m surprised that no one has discovered – or is discussing – the
reverse of this condition: Those who find sneezing so “sensual” that they
must think about sneezing during the arousal period, either to initiate or
to enhance arousal or orgasm.

A colleague confided to me that she often uses this tactic in order
to BECOME aroused. I suppose it’s no different than thinking about someone
other than one’s sexual partner (but is obviously less guilt-provoking).

Nevertheless, my colleague said it makes her feel like she’s abnormal
and “warped.” (Perhaps those who experience this “phenomenon” find a link
between the explosive nature of a sneeze and that of an orgasm).



Sex fantasy and sneezing, me too!
18 January 2009
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MC S,
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I thought to be a rare case of ths strange association and
I am happy to know that many others experienced this
phenomen. When I have sexual fantasy I have a series of up
to ten sneeze consecutively. Sneezing is associated to
pleasure too.



Bless you! Sneezing and the Seven Deadly Sins
30 December 2008
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Bill Davidson,
Research Governance Manager
Department of Health

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I chanced upon the fascinating article by Bhutta and Maxwell
following a recent conversation with friends. One of them sneezes in
response to sexual ideation (and sunlight), another in response to
fullness of stomach.

I now wonder whether the expression ‘Bless you!’ originated in once
common knowledge, now lost, that sneezing had this association with sexual
ideation (or ‘lust’) and fullness of stomach (or ‘gluttony’).

I suggest this because a third acquaintance also sneezes for no self-
reported reason, though the rest of us think it could well be ‘sloth’.



Sneezing
30 December 2008
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P Virola,
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In finnish newspaper was short story about Bhutta’s and Maxwell’s
study. It was judged as ”strange result”.
I would say that there is nothing strange. During last 20 years I have
sometimes sneezed (maybe average 3 times per year) in situation when I am
having sexual thoughts. I have been thinking that I am the only one.
On the other hand I know few people who sneezes when they arrive into
bright light. Maybe this is similar effect.
I am 36 years old man, Finland. Bhutta and Maxwell can contact me if
needed.



Sneezing and orgasm
30 December 2008
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david cooper,
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Dear Sirs,

My other half pointed out your article. She thought that my sneezing
after orgasm was unique to me. I have also had one instance of nose bleed
during sexual intercourse – I have low blood pressure.

Regards,

David



Experience Sharing for Sneezing
30 December 2008
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Peter Li,
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I learn about this phenomenon on newspaper two days ago. I live in
Hong Kong and it happens to me when I was at my teenage (I¡¦m now 45). I
used to sneeze uncontrolled when I was thinking about sex. But this
circumstance gradually disappeared when I¡¦m getting older and have normal
sex life. I was happy to know that I¡¦m not the only one having this
incident.

I would like to help if you need further information and I hope the
study on this phenomenon can carry on to discover more.



sex-and-sneezing condition
30 December 2008
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Bruno Sanches,
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Hello.

I have this same condition too, I have to sneeze when I am thinking
about sex. Not always, but very often. I was trying to find an e-mail
adress of the researchers or something like that, but I just couldn’t. And
I’d be very happy and grateful if I could get in touch with them. I could
help with some information, if possible.

Bruno, from Brazil.



Sneezing induced by sexual ideation
30 December 2008
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JJ vd Vyver,
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I was not aware that this was not a known fact.
The reason for sneezing is to clear your nose – you only sneeze until your
nose is clear.
The reason your nose must be clear is not known – I guess it has something
to do with smell during sex.



Re: Sex Sneezing
23 December 2008
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Frank Demaria,
Retired

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Having read the article on Sex Sneezing, I now know I am not alone.
My sex sneezing after orgasm only commenced 20 years ago after I underwent

an operation on my T9-10 Thoracic disc.
I was 43 years of age at the time and and the neurosurgeon was unsure
whether
it was calcified disc material from a prolapsed disc or an osteoma, but it
was
growing and was encroaching the canal.
He was not able to remove the calcification, so he made a wedge shaped
resection of the vertebral body of T10 to provide anterior decompression.
He did have trouble performing this operation and it did take two attempts
of
approx. 6hrs duration each before completion.
I am not sure how much nerve damage was done but I do know that since then

after orgasm, I always sneeze, anything from 5-20 sneezes.
Maybe this was going to happen to me anyhow but I am not convinced that
the
operation was not to blame.
I have never discussed this sneezing with any professional body including
the
neurosurgeon who performed the operation.
But I can also be added to the list of Sex Sneezing.



Personal experience
23 December 2008
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David W. Carnell,
Retired research engineer

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Frequently after sex with my late wife I would sneeze uncontrollably.



“sexual” arousal have always provoked me sneezing
21 December 2008
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Elie ARCHONTIS,
hotel receptionist

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I am surprised to learn that very few people have this sneezing thing
when sexually aroused

I have always assumed it was common having had this happening
(sneezing once or twice) in reaction – almost simultaneously – to being
sexually aroused

I have noted that it must be an almost visible sort of arousal ( the
one you share ) maybe as a sort of communication? The sexe is clearly the
drive but it has to be an irrepressible and strong sexual “thought”.

Sneezing is not provoked by a solitary sexual activity . It needs to
be SHARED : necessity to have another person present even if (she) is not
the object of desire sneezing may break inthe middle of a sentence when
talking about a theme that appeals to me sexually.

I hope this helps to investgate the question

I have an audible – normal and unrepressed sneeze – and consider
snezzing as pleasurable to having this occur in combination with sex have
always seemed to me very normal despite it being a tell tale sign to a
female I am attracted to – with the possibility of being annoying if I
need to hide my emotions to the person but can also be helpful: as a sign
to the coveted being of GENUINE and IRREPRESSIBLE drive.



sneezing when full
21 December 2008
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Heather J Lane,
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I too sneeze when full, I have been suffering for the past 2 years.
I originally thought that it was linked to a certain food types but after
experimenting at several restaurants it led me to search the internet and
found that there are several reported similar incidents. I find it strange
that the medical profession have only just highlighted this phenomena.



Feedback: Pre-orgasmic sexual thoughts and sneezing
21 December 2008
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P. Beppler,
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Dear Dr. Mahmood F Bhutta and Dr. Harold Maxwell: Your study
“Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported
phenomenon” confirms what I found out about myself in my very early
teenage years (I’m in my forties now). I still remember confiding in
someone about this for the first time – a close friend of mine, another
male of about my same age – when unexpectedly I broke into a tremendous
and pleasurable fit of sneezes. Luckily our friendship remained intact
since he didn’t seem to have made any personal association… that is, that
I found him quite sexy. Just to clarify, the sexual thoughts driven
sneezing doesn’t happen every time there is sex involved, and it only
happens before an orgasm. As a matter of fact, if I’m not able to sneez
for some reason (not all oncoming sneezes are provoked by sex, by the
way), I close my eyes and think about some sexual phantasy or, especially,
a sexy person (somebody famous or someone I know), just to be able to get
to finally sneez once and for all. This generally couses me to feel
somewhat embarasset when in company of others, thinking wow, if they could
just be able to read my thoughts right now. Also, when it is very sunny
and bright, it helps to move things to a conclusion if I can look directly
towards the sun (to get a “stuck” sneez out, done and over with). I came
to the conclusion long ago that what it is is that I frequently
experience a rush of blood inside my nostrils during these ocasions
(ocurring mostly from the boddom upwards, akin to what happens with my
penis as erection sets in) and that this causes the hairs inside my nose
to touch sensitive and inflated areas; and therefore, provoking those
bouts of sneezes which I came to associate with sexual pleasure. –P.
Beppler



I also must sneeze while thinking about sex
20 December 2008
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M. S.,
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It happens to mee too, that I must sneeze, when I think of sex (not
after an orgasm, but while thinking of it). Not always, but very often.
Also when I look up to the sun, I often must sneeze. I thought I was
alone with this reaction – until today: I read about Mahmoods findings in
our newspaper and now I know, its quite common. 🙂



Sex Sneezing
20 December 2008
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Arnie W. Snowdon,
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This letter is in response to an article I have just read on the
Yahoo! News site regarding the “Sex and Sneezing” study by Dr’s Mahmood
Bhutta and Harold Maxwell.I am 54 years old and live in Ontario Canada.
This began to happen to me about 10 years ago.I had thought there was
something wrong with me mentally until I read this article this
morning.And was too embarassed to give these details to my Doctor as I
thought he would have me seeing a physciatrist.This happens to me about
80% of the time as soon as I begin to think about sex and on occasion will
last up to 2 hours.My wife calls them “sneezing fits”.I was very happy to
read your article to find out that there is really nothing wrong with me
and it happens to other men also.If I can be of any further help on your
study , you can contact me by e-mail and will answer anything you may wish
to ask with total honesty and sincerity.I am happy to discover that there
are actually Doctors out there that are doing studys like this. My thanks to these Doctors.

Arnie W.Snowdon

Ontario Canada



Sneezing associated with hunger pangs
20 December 2008
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Rod Duncan,
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I have noticed that when I experience particularly strong hunger
pangs, this sometimes triggers a sneeze. I had never heard of any similar
phenomina until reading of this research. I pass this curious observation
on to you in case it is of any use to the paper’s authors.



Interesting article
20 December 2008

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P E Burridge,
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Just a short note to say I’ve nnot mentioned this to many people but
I have this ‘condition’. too.

Peter