They might be happy tears, tears of relief, or a bit of melancholy. Tears during or after sex can also be a purely physical reaction. Clinically speaking, crying after sex is known as postcoital dysphoria PCD or — occasionally — postcoital tristesse PCT. PCD symptoms may include tearfulness, sadness, and irritability after consensual sex, even if it was perfectly satisfying. It can happen to anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. In a study , researchers surveyed heterosexual females and found PCD to be prevalent. Using an anonymous questionnaire for a study , researchers found that of 1, males, 41 percent experienced PCD. Up to 4 percent said it was a regular thing. Follow along as we look into some reasons someone might cry during or after sex and what to do if it happens to you or your partner.
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We asked an expert about post-orgasm waterworks. Have a question about sex or sexual health? Send it to sexQs buzzfeed. Q: I occasionally have sex intercourse with my loving, supportive boyfriend of four years. However, oftentimes post-orgasm I feel very emotional and often tear up or cry for no apparent reason. Is this normal? Am I just emotionally screwed up? Is there anything I can do to fix this? Hi, Sad Sex, and thanks so much for sending along your question.
Is crying after sex normal?
Illustration by Ashley Goodall. If so, you are far from alone. Studies suggest nearly half of all women experience post-coital crying at least once in their lives, with some reporting often inexplicable tears during or after sex several times per month. The current available research focuses on women alone, but the condition affects all genders and involves feelings of sadness, anxiety or aggression. Generally it's after intercourse, but some people become overwhelmed during, too. Marie Tudor. For some people, that can involve crying.
At The Center For Relationships we promote safe, accurate science-based information on healthy sexual practices. Today, July 31st, we would like to shine a light on a not-so-well-known national holiday. Coupled or not, it is a day everyone should celebrate without the feeling of shame or guilt. Human experiences can vary but some are more common than others. Whether it is due to feelings of sadness, happiness, or unknown reasons, crymaxing can be an unexpected response for you and your partner. Robert Schweitzer, a researcher at Queensland University of Technology in Australia explored this phenomenon further. According to Schweitzer, after sex, we enter into the resolution phase of the sexual arousal cycle.