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Can Sexual Activity Cause a Stroke?


A stroke is a sudden and serious life-threatening event. We know that a stroke may be caused by a number of health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, and other stroke risk factors. 

People have questioned for years whether sex can cause a stroke. To answer that question, there have been several scientific research studies that have evaluated whether a sexual activity can cause a stroke and who is at risk.

Fortunately, according to stroke experts, sexual intercourse, in of itself, is not likely to trigger a stroke without accompanying risk factors. “There is nothing about intercourse that should be reported to increase stroke risk,” Lyden explained.

If you think that intercourse is all about pleasure, then here’s a new flash, a rare combination of factors can cause a person to suffer a stroke after the hot and steamy session at least that’s what a case of a 35-year-old woman suggests.

The woman suffered the stroke just minutes after having sex with her boyfriend. She felt her left arm go weak. She was having a stroke. Doctors later concluded the stroke probably was due to several related factors, including birth control pills, a venous blood clot, sexual intercourse and a heart defect.

There are no statistics on the number of patients who have experienced strokes during sexual intercourse. While it appears that such strokes are rare in young adults, a few case reports have been reported.