This is a rather unexpected consequence of having sex. After having sex with his wife, a man suffered from amnesia for ten minutes. According to doctors, the 66-year-old patient was unable to retain new information and his memory was temporarily erased.
Indeed, he looked at his mobile phone after this intimate relationship and, in view of the date, he thought he had forgotten his wedding anniversary… whereas it had been celebrated the day before with all his family. This patient’s story was told in the Official Journal of the Irish Medical Organization (source 1).
Transient global amnesia
In total, this transient amnesia lasted about an hour. When he arrived at the emergency room, he performed a neurological examination, the results of which were normal. As doctors explain, this transient global amnesia causes sudden short-term memory loss and the inability to form new memories. This transient memory loss manifests itself in repetitive questions and the inability to retain answers.
Generally, this form of amnesia lasts between one and eight hours but in some patients it can last up to 24 hours. Most of the time, this phenomenon manifests itself in men aged 50 to 70 years. This transient amnesia can be a consequence of a stressful episode, immersion in cold water and even… sexual intercourse. As is the case with this Irish patient.
This is not the first time this has happened to this man. Seven years earlier, he had also lost his memory a few minutes after having sex.