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New Study Says Sneezing Overlaps With Sexual Arousal

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Mixed signals are often the fodder for romantic comedies, but could sneezing be a mixed signal in itself? According to a rare but documented phenomenon, sneezing fits can overlap with sexual arousal.

According to the BBC, a couple of doctors in the UK were inspired to research this issue after reading about a middle aged man who experienced uncontrollable bouts of sneezing fits when he thought about sex. The study isn't terribly scientific, since chat rooms were the major source of data, but it's still an interesting curiosity. The physicians believe this phenomenon is due to a mixup in brain circuitry, where signals within the nervous system are crossed, triggering sneezes. Considering that the nose contains erectile tissue and, like genitals, may become engorged during sexual arousal, it is kind of surprising that sneezing and sex don't overlap more.


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Lyv Lyv 8 years
Someone once sent a card to saying they sneezed when they were turned on, and someone replied with an e-mail saying they were turned on when someoned sneezed. So, yeah, I think they might be on to something.
Vsugar Vsugar 8 years
Actually, there is a condition called "Honeymoon Nose", so named because back in the day when people often experienced their first frequent amounts of sex during their honeymoon, they came back with itchy, congested noses, assuming they had picked something up on their travels. In fact, it was just that the constant state of arousal made all the erectile tissue in their bodies swell up, including, as this post points out, in their noses.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
That's crazy. I think men would like it if you sneezed when you were aroused then he'd know to pounce on you.
birthdayccake birthdayccake 8 years
i'v always thought of a sneeze similar to an orgasim so yeah this is nearly true.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
*hit post too quickly.* Why even bother reporting about this?
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
This is so dumb. I have never sneezed while thinking about sex. Chat rooms. HA! What a joke!
1apple 1apple 8 years
I sneeze sometimes when I think about sex. There - I said it.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
"The study isn't terribly scientific, since chat rooms were the major source of data" Srsly?
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