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Can seizures cause orgasms?

I know there have been discussions of orgasm or sexual activity causing seizures.  But can seizures cause orgasms?  I have on numerous occasions had a spontaneous orgasm in my sleep --without any physical stimulation.  In my sleep state I almost always am aware a few seconds before what is going to happen and I try to stop it, because it is actually rather uncomfortable, causing very strong, almost painful contractions, and also resulting in my having to get up to go to the bathroom to urinate.  Very annoying. Does anyone have this happen?  Is it possibly a seizure? 

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I certainly had to stop and read this one! "E" is no laughing matter BUT . . . unfortunately that's one thing that doesn'thappen with mine!

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Yeah I just had to say thats a head turning topic

Can seizures cause orgasms?

i can't necessarily think that my early morning sexual yearnings are seizure related just lack of sex. i find that if me and my husband haven't had sex for more than 3-4 days then i get very horny while asleep and its not painful and its all sex dream related.

it maybe best to be honest with your consultant and talk to him about it. don't be embarrassed there's nothing wrong with being honest about what your going through. nocturnal fits must be difficult for all of you and i do empathise.

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I have nighttime seizures too but all I get out of it is wet. Doesn't seem fair somehow. I hope you find an solution for the painful contractions and having to run to the bathroom but it just wouldn't seem right to hope the other away.Good luck! -Spiz

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I don't know, but that would be a seizure I could learn to deal with ! j/k.......its normal for people( men and women) to have nocturnal orgasms with no outside stimulation, I don't think it is sz related.

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Seizures can cause orgasms, but they are rare. Interestingly, more frequently reported in women than men. I am an epileptologist interested in this area. Do you know what type of epilepsy (ie, partal (more likely) vs generalized) and if partial , where the seizure focus is localized (eg, temporal or frontal lobe).

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Since you are a specialist in this area could you school me on all the different types of seizures. If you know a website to go to please send it to me. I didnt relize there are so many different kinds

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This is I have to agree with some people a very interesting topic and does grab your attention pretty damn quick but i have never experienced one in my seizures etither so either your pulling our legs or your a very special case of "E" 

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Hi Sweetpea,Please visit epilepsy.com for information regarding the various types of seizures:http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/types_seizures.htmlhttp://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/types_epilepsy.htmlhttp://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/provoke_seizure.html Best Wishes,Epilepsy.com Editor

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I know it sounds funny and enjoyable, and I wish that it were. But it's disrupting to my sleep and uncomfortable because of the intensity of the contractions. The imagery, if there is any dream I can associate it with, is not "sexy," though sometimes the dream seems to change abruptly to accommodate when is about to happen in just a matter of a second or two.  But it could also be a dream about, say, looking at numbers.  This is nothing I would have ever reported to a doctor, but now that I have been diagnosed with seizures, I wondered if this is related.  I had hesitantly posted it, since it is a rather embarrassing thing to talk about. My seizures did not show up on the 24 hour EEG.  But a MRI showed 16 small lesions, approx 4mm each, in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes, nothing that particular, though one is  fairly close to the cortex in the temporal lobe.  My diagnosis was simple and complex partial seizures.  I have never had a generalized seizure or tonic clonic that I know of, and my husband has never noticed anything, though he is a very sound sleeper; he has slept through fire alarms and earthquakes.  Most of the seizures used to occur only at night or anytime when sleepy, shortly before falling asleep or shortly after waking up, and I wouldn't know, of course, if one occurred during sleep. But over time, they began happening during the day or evening and on a daily basis. That's when I finally consulted a neurologist.  The seizures began about a year after I was infected with Lyme disease.  I did not get diagnosed with neurological Lyme disease until four years, after infection, after things had progressed fairly far.  I now take Lamictal.  If you have any information on seizures and orgasm (?"uteral-vaginal  tonic clonics"), I would appreciate it.        

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Hi Poochini,I waited to post because I read this when it caught my eye, and well, I have a weird sense of humor. I am sure no one posted to poke fun as your seizure. Especially as they are painful for you.I hope you find the help you need. But Yes this Subject line Caught my Eye Real Quick. I have Nocturnal Seizures, but No, I don't think I have Orgasms from them, I only know about them because I am told afterward. I have been told that I moan though. Hmmm.Dayna

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Can orgasms provoke seizures?  I have had 2 seizures immediately following sex.  My doctor says no, but I think its possible.  Has it happened to anyone else on here?

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I am a guy and have nocturnal seizures (grand mals and partials). I have no idea what they are like because I sleep thru the process. Often only know I've had one because my wife tells me. Having an orgasm as part of the seizure frankly sounds nice. What meds are you on? Maybe I'll ask my neuro. I've had no problems with szs before, during or after sex and I still very much enjoy making love. It's one part of my life which is unaffected by E .

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hi poochini,

I looked this up for you
http://www.emedicine.com/neuro/topic342.htm

Seizures from the superior portion of the posterior central gyrus can result in genital sensations, while sexual auras arise more from the limbic or temporal regions.

Ictal orgasms have been reported, although rarely, in association with seizures arising from various cerebral locations.
Other autonomic symptoms - Rarely perspiration, lacrimation, ictal enuresis, or flushing
Postictal neurological deficits can occur after an SPS as a negative manifestation of the function affected by the seizure (eg, Todd paralysis).

hope this helps

angel

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What about the opposite. My seizures returned with a vengence after I stopped taking triliptal and since then I have had orgasm problems. The desire is there and I then I loose it. I am a 39 y/o female and this has crushed me in the sex department. Up until 6 weeks ago I had no problem getting wet and reaching great orgasms and now nothing. I have front lobal seizures that begain 3 years ago. I can go months with out a seizure then I have back to back grand mals. I am back on triliptal and clonazepam. I am so far seizure free but still have this problem. Have you heard of anything like this?

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I figured erotic dreams (that I can never remember) were to blame (or thank) for my nightime orgasms! But a seizure PRECIPITATING the nightime convulsions makes MUCH more sense to me. I'm a realist...not a dreamer! :)

Every orgasm causes a seizure in me. Partial...but not yet sure where. I have only ever had 1 seizure that was NOT orgasm related, AND was not an Absence seizure...and it, too, was preceded by STRONG emotion. (Fear)

Other than that, all of them are absence seizures...which I have READ do not have lasting effects. But I, being a 31 year old with a memory and cognitive function declining faster than my 73 year old fathers, tend to believe that is a misconception.

Since my orgasms bring on partial seizures...do you think I should try to AVOID them? (wow..that would be tough!) Could THEY be causing damage...and thus, my mental impairment????

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Poochini, Please don't take it that I or we weren't taking your seizure seriously- we do! This subject just has a habit of causing a big outlet of humor. I hope you can find a solution and soon. ( Dayna-is there something you're wanting to share? Hmmmmmm?) -Spiz

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Nope Spiz,I am not sharing.

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You know I've never heard of the seizure coming before the orgasm. Women and men alike, I guess, who have epilepsy worry that they will have a seizure either during or after sex. It's interesting though because women worry if sex will cause them to have an orgasm not the sex itself. I hope you find a solution to this.

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Hi!  Here's the thing.  See, the same nerves which control all the actions that take place down there are also the same nerves which are being surpressed by your seizure medications.  If your doc has you on seizure meds, then, sure, your brain may be involuntarily directing your nerves to act in the area which you speak of.  I certainly would not rule that out.  But I am pretty sure you are experiencing something else.  You see, more commonly, patients with epilepsy (as opposed to the general population) report a higher incidence of sexual dysfunction-- not only men, but women too.  My advice-- leave your neurologist out  of this discussion and talk to your GYN about this.  Good luck! 

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Hi!  Here's the thing.  See, the same nerves which control all the actions that take place down there are also the same nerves which are being surpressed by your seizure medications.  If your doc has you on seizure meds, then, sure, your brain may be involuntarily directing your nerves to act in the area which you speak of.  I certainly would not rule that out.  But I am pretty sure you are experiencing something else.  You see, more commonly, patients with epilepsy (as opposed to the general population) report a higher incidence of sexual dysfunction-- not only men, but women too.  My advice-- leave your neurologist out  of this discussion and talk to your GYN about this.  Good luck! 

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oops, sorry.. first try

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so very interesting to read your post.. what an incredible wealth of info i'm finding on my first day to this site! and i must say the 'o' word caught my eye.. not for typical reasons, but because of my first doc's visit after having symptoms for a few months. i told him that i was feeling strange. he asked how so.. i said (embarrassed) that it was similar to approaching orgasm. that did it! my poor little doc sent me to a psychologist, further delaying by 6 months the accurate diagnosis of partial complex (or complex partial) seizures.that occured in 1977. sighh.. i now recognize the feeling as an aura, with accompanying 'deja vue' feelings. plus the sense that if i can ONLY remember this thing (it's a thought, i think) that's happening, the aura won't happen anymore. is that familiar to anyone else?cris 

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EVERY orgasm coexists with a seizure for me. I experience nightime (sleep) orgasms several times a week...but, lucky for ME, I remember the ORGASM, but get to ignore the embarrasment of the accompanying seizure...as my husband is snoring peacefully next to me.

Since I, too, am asleep during the moments that lead up to awakening in the midst of it all...I cannot clarify whether it may be that the seizure INSTIGATES the orgasm in those situations. (But I'll get into some medical research sites and see what I can find.)

Orgasms FRIGHTENED me for many years. Just before reaching climax, I would sometimes BEG him to stop...literally feeling it would be SO intense that it would kill me. For 15 years, this went on. (Which never seemed to hinder my desire, libido, or satisfaction, mind you!)

Both my husband and I just figured that I experience orgasm very strongly. But when I was finally shocked with a dioagnosis of Epilepsy, when I thought I had MS...it all started to make sense! The odd, embarrassing convulsions that throw my body all over the bed...and sometimes dislocate my shoulder? NOT normal orgasm. Anyone else figure this out after years of feeling very "odd"?

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I have had an orgasm as part of a seizure. It was in the middle of the day that it happened I was washing dishes and was not thinking about sex at all. First, I expericed a rapid onset episode of vertigo so bad that I fell off balance. Seconds later, my face felt hot and flushed, then my heart started racing, then the orgasm. It was less intense than when I achieve one having intercourse; so it was a difference of intensity not of kind. It freaked me out.

I called 911 because of the vertigo and because I had had a history of a TIA. The room wouldn't stop spinning it was actually tilted and spinning. The paramedics took my vitals and cleared me of any immediate danger. I opted to drive to my neurologist at Lahey Clinic once the vertigo subsided. On the drive there I had all kinds of sensory stuff. I kept feeling this serene-euphoric-weird-memory-flashback-thing as I call it. Emotionally, I felt like I was the day of my dad's 35th birthday BBQ ( back in the 1970's) even though visually I could see the present day highway in front of me etc...just fine. These thingy's kept repeating every few minutes. (I must say it was cool to go back to the BBQ)

When I got to the hospital my heart was still racing so the neurologist sent me to have an ECG. This came back with some PVC's and a bit on the tachy side (120 bpm sitting). But as far as the orgasm goes? I understand completely what you mean. It's not planned, therefore it was not "fun". In all seriousness, maybe because it happened so unexpectedly and so out of context, that's what creeped me out about the orgasm I had. Hope this was helpful to you.

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This has never happened to me but my neuro had told me that he has a patient who this has happened to - so no, you're not alone.

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6 months ago I had my first seizure (grand mal) after sex induced sleep (Im male in case that wasnt a clue). Then nothing for 6 months, though I had regular sex, with and without sleep afterwards.
Last week I had a nocturnal seizure (grand mal), hadnt had sex in days. I had evidence of a fresh orgasm but no memory of one. Im not sure if the seizure caused the orgasm or if the orgasm caused the seizure.
Ive been reading around and it seems to be unheard of in men. anyone have info?

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This may sound strange, but for all intents and purposes... orgasms ARE seizures. It's a temporary abnormal electro-physiologic event that results in an altered state of consciousness. The fact that it is generally desirable and biologically integral to reproduction is irrelevant. It's still a seizure, albeit a very well-ordered seizure. That's to be expected, since it has been evolving along the same lines for several million years at least.

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I have never heard of this, I guess it could be possible depending on where in the brain the seizure is!!Some people do have orgasms at night, depending on dreams....this is embarassing but I find I have had a few at night (orgasms).

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I have never had the pleasure of this, that I remember, during a seizure. But if this is a side-effect, I'm all for it. This would be the only positive side effect of epilepsy I have come across yet. (Pardon the pun)

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I have TLE and both simple and complex partial seizures. This actually happened to me for the first time TODAY, but I wasn't sleeping. I was totally AWAKE while it happened. It was definitely an unnerving experience to say the least. But after doing some research and speaking to a friend, I discovered that it's much more common than people think. It goes unreported a lot because people are too embarrassed to discuss it with their doctors. I found this article during my research. I don't know what kind of epilepsy you have but i hope this helps!

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ert/2012/751510/