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Weird question: if you are already having anxiety, is it normal for these feelings to worsen after sex?!

Weird question: if you are already having anxiety, is it normal for these feelings to worsen after sex?!

Sex and anxiety: Absolutely. Sex releases a variety of neurotransmitters that excite the brain, can raise blood pressure and cause constriction of vessels, all of which can exacerbate anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Never had headache after sex, did yesterday but went within few minutes. Anything to worry about? I havr severe health anxiety

Never had headache after sex, did yesterday but went within few minutes. Anything to worry about? I havr severe health anxiety

No worries: However, sex related headaches can often be termed thunderclap events, and may be seen in pts who are susceptible to migraine. If becomes recurrent, there are preventative measures available. ...Read more

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After sex, I feel my heart pounding, shortness of breath, and it feels like anxiety, what's wrong?

After sex, I feel my heart pounding, shortness of breath, and it feels like anxiety, what's wrong?

A couple of things..: This may be due to a spike of oxytocin after sexual orgasm that can dilate blood vessels, speed up the heart, and lower blood pressure. It is a natural occurrence and may be more intense in some people. Also, there is a complex interaction between the brain and peripheral nervous system that can also cause some of your symptoms. Anxiety is not a normal part of the response and may be more social. ...Read more

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What would cause me to cry after sex? Married for 5 yrs, great relationship, no past related trauma. Anxiety issues.

What would cause me to cry after sex? Married for 5 yrs, great relationship, no past related trauma. Anxiety issues.

Exploring Meaning(s): Sex can trigger all sorts of thoughts ; feelings, some of them intense. I wonder about experimenting w/jotting down the various thoughts coming in2 ur head as u r crying, ; the emotions u r feeling. U might discover some clues about stories u r telling urself re: sex w/ur mate; what u associate w/sex; etc. Skilled psychotherapist can help u uncover what meanings u r attaching 2 the experience. ...Read more

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Have anxiety, worry about cervical cancer. Had some irregular spotting since had baby ( 1 after sex) + bled after sex days after mirena (levonorgestrel) coil fitted?

Have anxiety, worry about cervical cancer. Had some irregular spotting since had baby ( 1 after sex) +  bled after sex days after mirena (levonorgestrel) coil fitted?

No tumor if neg Pap: Pap should be neg. but not guaranteed since in situ Ca missued in 49% of Paps. Also HPV done with Pap but if bleeding still noted then colposcopy or examination of cervix should be performed. bx may be necessary if question arises. ...Read more

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Why do I feel some extra anxiety after sexual activities?

Why do I feel some extra anxiety after sexual activities?

It depends: Many possible reasons for this -- can involve your feelings about sexual activity itself, and/or who you're having sex with. Some people feel guilty or ashamed about any sexual activity, so feel anxious about actually doing it. Also, the type of sexual activities can be anxiety-provoking -- like will you "get caught", get pregnant, get std; is it secret homosexual or extramarital affair, etc. ...Read more

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Feeling of anxiety, low 2 little sex drive, no confidence at all what could cause these symptoms/feelings?

Feeling of anxiety, low 2 little sex drive, no confidence at all what could cause these symptoms/feelings?

Sounds like: You're pretty depressed. Why not get the help and support you need now rather than waiting? Make an appointment with a therapist and a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Been feeling a bit off lately. New baby makes 2 kids.Tried to save a woman who died last week. Feeling kinda off since. Anxiety? Or possibly more?

Been feeling a bit off lately.  New baby makes 2 kids.Tried to save a woman who died last week. Feeling kinda off since. Anxiety? Or possibly more?

Grief and stress: It's not often mentioned, but men can have postpartum depression as well as women. Adding a traumatic death on top can certainly worsen your stress load. From your description of "kinda off" it's hard to know much about what's really happening with you -- so i sincerely suggest you speak with your doctor about it. Please also consider seeing a psychologist or other therapist to talk about this. ...Read more

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New to migraines and feeling increased anxiety and even depression. Is this normal? The migraines tend to scare me with all the neuro symptoms.

New to migraines and feeling increased anxiety and even depression. Is this normal?  The migraines tend to scare me with all the neuro symptoms.

See below: I"m sorry you're going through this. I would recommend keeping a headache diary (what triggers the migraine, auras, food eaten, degree of pain, and what helped relieve the migraine). You might want to keep track of your symptoms so you can adjust certain things to the onset of the headache. Health psychologist specializing in pain mgmnt can help guide you through the process. Good luck! ...Read more

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