Not Tonight, Honey, I Have a Stroke

Women apparently have a rare, but real, risk to consider
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2008 10:35 AM CDT
A 35-year-old woman had to be hospitalized after suffering a 'sex stroke.'   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Women may have a new excuse to avoid hanky panky, the Mom Logic blog notes: the danger of a stroke. It seems a 35-year-old woman suffered one during orgasm, though she has since made a full recovery. Such strokes—caused by a minor heart defect that triggers blod clots during moments of exertion—are extremely rare and more common in men.

"This young woman while having intercourse, had numbness on the left side of her face, slurred speech, and weakness in her left arm," said a neurologist at Loyola University. "When she was transferred to our care six hours after onset, she was completely unable to move her left arm, her face was paralyzed, her speech was garbled, and she was in a state of panic." Aggressive treatment in surgery saved her.