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We describe a hitherto under-recognized curious response in some individuals: of sneezing in response either to sexual ideation or in response to orgasm. Our review suggests that it may be much more common than expected. We surmise that an indiscrete stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system may be an underlying mechanism to explain this and other reported unusual triggers of sneezing.

Original publication

DOI

10.1258/jrsm.2008.080262

Type

Journal article

Journal

J R Soc Med

Publication Date

12/2008

Volume

101

Pages

587 - 591

Keywords

Humans, Imagination, Orgasm, Parasympathetic Nervous System, Reflex, Sneezing