BECAUSE is a rare syndrome that many people don’t even know existed. POIS stands for Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome. The symptoms of POIS appear a few minutes to a few hours after you ejaculate. These symptoms usually last between 3 and 7 days. The symptoms are often flu-like in nature. They can include, but are not limited to, fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, and sinus congestion. These symptoms can be mild, but sometimes they are severe enough that the person cannot work or function normally for a few days. Some men notice these symptoms the first time they ejaculate. It’s also common to develop POIS later in life, although we’re not sure what triggers it. Although the cause of POIS is unknown, researchers believe that it can act similarly to autoimmune diseases. The prevalence of this syndrome is unknown, although experts believe that cases are not adequately reported.
Although this condition is rare, we have had patients with the disorder that we are have treated. Our first priority in treatment is to identify each symptom and find ways to alleviate it. To treat the disorder itself, only one treatment has been studied. This is a desensitization protocol in which the patient’s sperm is injected under the skin in very small amounts every two weeks, identical to the way allergy shots are done. In our experience and in the few studies of this treatment, it seems promising that it can successfully relieve the severity of symptoms.
If you think you have POIS or have any other sexual health question, contact us for a free phone consultation.