But while post-sex emotional symptoms are pretty common, some physical symptoms aren’t.
Sure, you might feel achey or have shaky legs (TMI?), but the one symptom that you should never ignore after sex is nausea.
That’s right. According to gynaecologist and medical director Lauren Streicher MD, you should never have an upset tummy after intercourse.
‘It’s never normal to feel nauseous after sex,’ she explained to POPSUGAR, flagging the symptom as something to look into.
What could it mean if we do feel nauseous after sex? Luckily, Dr. Streicher broke it down.
‘Contact with your cervix during sex – or cervical stimulation – can create a vasalvagol response in which your blood pressure and pulse drop,’ she explained. ‘This can cause you to feel nauseous or even to pass out. Your cervix changes throughout your cycle, dropping lower during your period, which may make it more susceptible during penetration.’
Another reason could be an underlying condition, with Dr. Streicher explaining that ‘women with endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease may experience painful intercourse’, with other causes including cervical infections and fibroids.
If you are experiencing any type of pain during sex, you should contact your GP or gynaecologist.