Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #7100 on: 25/03/2010 21:24:32 »
Re: "The nature of human orgasm: a critical review of major trends", comprehensive article by Kenneth Maha and Yitzchak M. Binik


I think this is an important article that this forum should obtain.


Laurac, we're working on it. CCconfucius has volunteered to look into the forumn-sharing permission aspect after my correspondence with the publisher.
i searched my libraries on line medical journal database, but could not find the article, i did find about 30 other articles that i obtained the full text version that relate to orgasms that may be relevant, i will have to skim through them to see if i really got anything good.  one interesting thing was an article about a small number of men who do not release any prolactin after orgasm, the result is that they can have as many orgasms as they like in a row, they have no refractory period at all. pois might be the exact opposite.

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« Reply #7101 on: 25/03/2010 23:48:41 »
i will have to skim through them to see if i really got anything good.  one interesting thing was an article about a small number of men who do not release any prolactin after orgasm, the result is that they can have as many orgasms as they like in a row, they have no refractory period at all. pois might be the exact opposite.

I like the sound of this, although I'm jealous!!

The refractory period isn't normally accompanied by pain of course, other than a heavy feeling in the groin/prostate but an overdose perhaps could lead to such.

Do you think it could be possible that an overdose of prolactin could cause a sensation of a body wide auto-immune attack?

Could repeated such attacks make our beaten up bodies more sensitive to aggrivants like glutins etc.?

How exactly does prolactic suppress sexual desire and or capability? I'm trying to remember... I loose desire, but more than just satisfied, I'm physically blocked for a time and once I am capable, then it takes a lot of work to have an orgasm.....

And then after heavy sessions with multiple orgasms, we're talking several hours ( maybe 12 ) under extreme conditions of stimulation when one is young and healthy, if my memory serves me, you end up feeling just as I do now after one simple orgasm per month......

So you might be on to something...
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« Reply #7102 on: 26/03/2010 00:34:45 »

I searched my libraries on line medical journal database, but could not find the article, i did find about 30 other articles that i obtained the full text version that relate to orgasms that may be relevant, i will have to skim through them to see if i really got anything good.  one interesting thing was an article about a small number of men who do not release any prolactin after orgasm, the result is that they can have as many orgasms as they like in a row, they have no refractory period at all. pois might be the exact opposite.


Thanks for the searching!

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« Reply #7103 on: 26/03/2010 00:49:49 »

Do you think it could be possible that an overdose of prolactin could cause a sensation of a body wide auto-immune attack?


For a very long time, I had a huge, 10X higher than average prolactin count caused by Reglan. Since I'm off Reglan, the prolactin count is now normal. The only symptom I had was reduced libido.

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« Reply #7104 on: 26/03/2010 06:42:01 »
I do feel like my brain is not getting enough oxygen the first few seconds after i have an orgasm, and 3 days later.

O and i have a question..i was addicted to masterbation for a long time before i got POIS, sine the age of 11 to 15 and when i turned 16 it just went downhill like a bankrupt company.

I mean i was a chronic masterbater, 5 sometimes 6 times a day for like 3 years and countless orgasm almost if like i had infinite stamina/energy.

And in the last year it started getting less and less frequent and then bam...nothing. my sex drive is as dead as my confidence..and the f*ckd up thing is that I'm only 19 years old, I'm afraid to have a gf because of my problem, and if i have sex it just drains me and its not fun to suffer for 2 weeks just for 30Min's of pleasure.

And everytime i masterbate or have sex i feel like I'm doing more damage to my brain body and dieing libido...wtf am i saying sex is the best but after is just like I'm dieing.
« Last Edit: 26/03/2010 06:44:12 by Ironyman »

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« Reply #7105 on: 26/03/2010 10:44:49 »

Im pretty sure during the days of POIS there's a lack of Oxygen in the blood and to the head.


A good start might be to try validate your suspicion, that lack of Oxygen really produces many/some of the symptoms. In some cities there are Oxygen Bars for instance. Or deep breathing exersizes. Deep breath inspiration and very slow release repeated over a period of 10 minutes will raise the O2 concentration greatly.

I'll give that a try during the next crisis and let you know. I should be in my second day now, but for some reason feel pretty good, so I'll have to wait for the next.
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« Reply #7106 on: 26/03/2010 11:03:37 »
For a very long time, I had a huge, 10X higher than average prolactin count caused by Reglan. Since I'm off Reglan, the prolactin count is now normal. The only symptom I had was reduced libido.

It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack!! After all this time we're still just moving dust around on the surface.

I'm sure you've looked into the costs and potential results of a professional study. Could you resume (possiblly again) what the results of that has been?

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« Reply #7107 on: 26/03/2010 11:18:40 »
As I mentioned, I'm in my second day "post" and feel pretty good. There are two coincidences: 1) I had the orgasm while still with symptoms previously, but such has only been about 50% in leveling out the symptoms, too coincidental, and 2) someting that I think I only mentioned in the survey, and something that has been much much more confiable:

On earlier occasions, and given that I resisted the orgasm during sex, I would let it sneak up and pass as quietly as possible. That seemed to produce a kind of build up and usually stronger symptoms. So, I'm not exactly sure why, I tried the opposite. When I would feel the orgasm coming, I would embrace it fully and as well, forcably eject/push during the orgasm. Apart from added benefit to my wife, to my surprise in about 80% of the cases the symptoms only last about a day!!! Don't ask me why? I had imagined that somehow sperm was entering the blood stream, it seems counter productive to push, which could put more into the blood stream, but perhaps repressing leaves it in apart of the reproductive system too long and the contracting muscles of the orgasm push it the wrong way.... who knows, ya gotta think outside of the box.

I've had some bad sessions since, but on reflexion, I realize the I also spaced out the "push", a lot going on at the time!!
 I know it sounds weird, but it has had some very good results, at least for me. I'm going to include the data into the database to see what comes out.

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« Reply #7108 on: 26/03/2010 11:24:06 »
I've got a couple of days now in the first basic database. Still lots to do, but even so, it's been interesting. It actually shows a dip in physical symptoms that I realized later where caused by taking tylenol.

Demo, do you know how or if an Excel can be included in these posts. Once I've got a bit of data going I would like to share the graphs.
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« Reply #7109 on: 26/03/2010 15:23:46 »

And in the last year it started getting less and less frequent and then bam...nothing. my sex drive is as dead as my confidence..and the thing is that I'm only 19 years old, I'm afraid to have a gf because of my problem, and if i have sex it just drains me and its not fun to suffer for 2 weeks just for 30Min's of pleasure.

I assume that you started dropping off because of the symptoms? Or did you just start to drop off before you had symptoms?


And everytime i masterbate or have sex i feel like I'm doing more damage to my brain body and dieing libido...am i saying sex is the best but after is just like I'm dieing.

I'm new to finding out about POIS, and one thing that has helped about knowing, is that although it feels like you're dying, it seems that it isn't life threatening. As far as doing damage, I couldn't really say, but there are many people that have had POIS for more years than you've been alive and it seems as though they probably haven't really suffered a great deal of physical damage.

It just "feels" like [hell]. Like I said, for me, that's good news.

« Last Edit: 27/03/2010 00:58:20 by demografx »
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« Reply #7110 on: 26/03/2010 18:06:04 »
Woah, Heavy flare up of brain fog! I was pretty good until lunch time about 50 minutes ago. The mental symptoms have been low since last nights sleep, after only one day, and the physical had improved greatly, although the physical symptoms are aggravated by the mental ones (they feel worse).

Suspect MSG. There was a side of canned tuna, a brand packaged here in Chile. Can't be sure, they've already thrown out the garbage and I'm not in the mood to go rummaging around in the garbage. I know the brand though so I'll check the lable when I can, but it's a sure bet.

It seems to me that "normal lunches" tend to level me out a bit.


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« Reply #7111 on: 26/03/2010 19:26:24 »

And in the last year it started getting less and less frequent and then bam...nothing. my sex drive is as dead as my confidence..and the thing is that I'm only 19 years old, I'm afraid to have a gf because of my problem, and if i have sex it just drains me and its not fun to suffer for 2 weeks just for 30Min's of pleasure.

I assume that you started dropping off because of the symptoms? Or did you just start to drop off before you had symptoms?


And everytime i masterbate or have sex i feel like I'm doing more damage to my brain body and dieing libido...wtf am i saying sex is the best but after is just like I'm dieing.

I'm new to finding out about POIS, and one thing that has helped about knowing, is that although it feels like you're dying, it seems that it isn't life threatening. As far as doing damage, I couldn't really say, but there are many people that have had POIS for more years than you've been alive and it seems as though they probably haven't really suffered a great deal of physical damage.

It just "feels" like hell. Like I said, for me, that's good news.



I stoped because of the sysmptoms. Do you think my POIS is phycological? i remember wen i got POIS, i was at home masterbateing wen i had a panick attack, i thoght "s*it im dieing" and then i stoped or my body and mind said no more.

I cant belive some people had it for more than 25 years, thanks to POIS i had anxiety, depression, impotence, stress, and a bad social life. Some days i feel like puting a gun to my head and pulling the trigger, because how can a person live like this eveyday?

Well at leat i know what triggered my POIS..the real question is how do i reverse it?
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« Reply #7112 on: 26/03/2010 19:48:36 »
Ironyman,

POIS is not a psychological affliction by any means. I was asking just to try to get a sense of how hormone balances might have been having effect. Not that I know much, but something might click for someone.

There's no doubt that the body and mind resist. In the same way that one might resist a punch in the face! But that's not psychological. It's common sense.

So far they don't really know the cause and neither do they have the cure. There seem to be many things that can be done to make it "more comfortable". Like I said when I found out about this, "If the worst is that I feel like sh*t for a while, I can be happy with that for now". Beats thinking that every time I have an orgasm that I've put another brick on the coffin.

We just have to have fewer orgasms to take a breather in between and find ways to shorten the symptom period, until someone comes up with a solution.... (no pun intended)
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« Reply #7113 on: 26/03/2010 23:29:05 »
Re: Oxygen cylinders

It would be good to check with your GP to measure oxygen blood levels.

Biofeedback EMG confirmed that my overall muscles and breathing was greatly strained during POIS so this is why I think oxygen levels were probably lower.
Ive read when people are ill they need the oxygen to burn up the deposits in the system.

From doctor named David Garlick, working at the University of New South Wales studied A.T:
"Muscles are made up of two kinds of fibres, known as red and white. Red fibres utilise oxygen, and are designed to be non-fatiguable. White fibres are larger and stronger but subject to fatigue, as they produce lactic acid which builds up in the muscle and eventually causes cramps.
For the average person with inappropriate muscle function, some muscles may be over-contracted hence bringing into play fatiguable white fibres; other muscles such as the back muscles may be under-used and the red postural fibres are not used adequately and may be atrophied."

“all critically ill patients should receive oxygen” Medical Council in UK.
(why not when ‘generally’ ill?!)

Oxygen cylinders could be affordably tested for POIS (small ones only 30 dollars):
http://www.oxyfit.co.uk/

meant to help:
Poor Physical Performance
Poor Brain Function
Low Energy
Headaches and Dizziness
Fatigue and Depression
Poor Immune Function

Not only as a recovery aid but it would be very interesting to see what would happen if you are receiving oxygen whilst actually having an orgasm itself.
Also, if it does work, it maybe a case ‘how much’ oxygen is needed for full recovery to establish if its an affordable option.
(150 US dollars for 55 mins from cylinder, although you may only need a couple of mins of it each pois though, who knows).
(if it works maybe build you own liquid oxygen machine to refill it for free! my neighbour built a land rover vehicle from stratch!)

It’s theoretically plausible that the ‘flight or fight’ mechanism will remain in ‘flight’ mode during an orgasm with oxygen.
In other words, you wont be fighting for air, drastically reducing muscle tension, possibly causing no (or less) POIS.   

http://www.healthoxygen.com/oxygen-faqs.php
http://www.pcca.net/HomeOxygen.html

Just a thought,
what do you all think about this?
any volunteers?
(check with GPs etc. please.)

Also, be careful of doing breathing exercises.
They can actually create more tension if done wrong.

In some cities there are oxygen bars.

What are these? There's an Oxygen Bar in London's Leicester Sq, but you consume alcohol there, not actual oxygen!
« Last Edit: 27/03/2010 00:37:36 by daveyboy »

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #7114 on: 27/03/2010 00:22:14 »

daveman, NORD is the closest we've gotten to concrete research. They want $30,000, but no assurance of an outcome. We also have a few members here who have pledged a total of $4,500.
http://www.google.com/search?q=NORD+POIS+site:http://thenakedscientists.com&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

Your other question re Excel, graphics are easily do-able, click "quote" on a welcome post. Haven't seen Excel but I'll ask.

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« Reply #7115 on: 27/03/2010 00:22:44 »
what the hell il give it a try

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« Reply #7116 on: 27/03/2010 00:34:14 »
For a very long time, I had a huge, 10X higher than average prolactin count caused by Reglan. Since I'm off Reglan, the prolactin count is now normal. The only symptom I had was reduced libido.

It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack!! After all this time we're still just moving dust around on the surface.


Absolutely not a fair assessment! ("moving dust around"). Besides, your comment, directed critically at this forum's inability to find a cure yet, is completely unrelated to the prolactin discussion above.

I've had POIS for over 30 years. Nothing remotely close to this "dust" was available. Sure, we don't yet have a universal cure, but take a look at the majority of posts from the 150+ sufferers who have posted here and you'll see a common theme of gratitude for this little community + resources to fight with - that we've kept alive for the last 3 years.
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« Reply #7117 on: 27/03/2010 00:36:16 »

what the hell il give it a try


Please use caution and work with a physician, Ironyman. None of us are qualified here.

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« Reply #7118 on: 27/03/2010 00:47:28 »

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Any suggestions/recommendations for treatments read and shared here are purely just for information purposes and must first be talked about with your GP. Please note that any referrals to treatments are down to peoples own personal opinions and that everybody's bio-chemistry is different...plus, you must consider the reactions with existing medications that you may be on and the possibility of allergic reactions too.

Please note that whilst we hope you find the info here interesting and informative on The Naked Scientists website, it really is just for general information purposes and does not constitute bona-fide authoritative advice and thus no assurances regarding the accuracy or applicability in relation to your own specific situation is given. PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR before commencing a new treatment.


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« Reply #7119 on: 27/03/2010 01:10:33 »

Absolutely not a fair assessment! ("moving dust around"). Besides, your comment, directed critically at this forum's inability to find a cure yet, is completely unrelated to the prolactin discussion above.

I've had POIS for over 30 years. Nothing remotely close to this "dust" was available. Sure, we don't yet have a universal cure, but take a look at the majority of posts from the 150+ sufferers who have posted here and you'll see a common theme of gratitude for this little community + resources to fight with that we've kept alive for the last 3 years.

It was a statement of frustration, not one of criticism for a fault of effort.

I truly think that this group has built a momentum, lent validity to the problem and collected a ton of information that could be useful to professionals who know what they are doing. Other than a support group, as laymen we can only go so far.

I'm sorry if I have been a problem.

Thank you
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« Reply #7120 on: 27/03/2010 01:13:22 »

Well, thank you very much, and I'm sorry that I misunderstood your comments!

We all clearly share this common frustration.

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« Reply #7121 on: 27/03/2010 01:18:33 »

daveman, I've asked all the other moderators about Excel. Hopefully we'll find out soon.
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« Reply #7122 on: 27/03/2010 01:28:45 »

Other than a support group, as laymen we can only go so far.


At one time, the group wisdom here was to first get thoroughly tested for hormones, and to work with an endocrinologist. I resisted, but finally gave in and was treated for a testosterone deficiency. This helped my POIS enormously.

So maybe as a support group, we can still do a lot.

Finding outside help has not been a picnic! (Which seems to be common, unfortunately, for rare disorders).

Someone here once said that "if we can find a physician who also has POIS, our road to full recovery will be rapid!".

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« Reply #7123 on: 27/03/2010 01:46:30 »
About the Excels

OK, thanks, it'll probably be a week or so before I've got something presentable anyways. The idea is to show something to stimulate ideas among us. For instance even though it's in a early stage, I'm already seeing things that I hadn't thought about. We all maintain a vague idea of what is happening with our bodies ( and mind ), but when you see it graphically and are taking time to enter information while it's somewhat fresh, you see that it's not just that "I felt bad for five days", you see that it was worse when I ate such and such, and when I took such and such the physical improved and when it's longer or shorter you can see more clearly other influences as to why, etc..

Hopefully more of us could see a few graphs and perhaps it might spur ideas as to how they could be enhanced to see more stuff. The idea would be that in a bit, we could eventually create a link to a page where everybody could begin making their own graphs. The results of experiments may be more clear.

eg. My (suposed) MSG peak today was a lot shorter than I thought, only two hours.

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« Reply #7124 on: 27/03/2010 02:15:39 »


So maybe as a support group, we can still do a lot.

Finding outside help has not been a picnic! (Which seems to be common, unfortunately, for rare disorders).

Someone here once said that "if we can find a physician who also has POIS, our road to full recovery will be rapid!".

I had been thinking the same thing :)

Could it be a less expensive option to hire someone to "design a program" that we could implement ourselves? I think I've seen health care people here and there's gotta be other engineers and professional that could implement a design.

Just a thought.

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« Reply #7125 on: 27/03/2010 02:57:04 »
daveman, I'm with you 100% on that. Not blaming anyone, but there was not a lot of feedback on that when the idea was last posted.

Let's try again! [:)]

Helloooo everyone, feedback please on daveman's suggestion?(his post immediately above) Thanks!!
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« Reply #7126 on: 27/03/2010 03:07:12 »

About the Excels

OK, thanks, it'll probably be a week or so before I've got something presentable anyways. The idea is to show something to stimulate ideas among us. For instance even though it's in a early stage, I'm already seeing things that I hadn't thought about. We all maintain a vague idea of what is happening with our bodies ( and mind ), but when you see it graphically and are taking time to enter information while it's somewhat fresh, you see that it's not just that "I felt bad for five days", you see that it was worse when I ate such and such, and when I took such and such the physical improved and when it's longer or shorter you can see more clearly other influences as to why, etc..

Hopefully more of us could see a few graphs and perhaps it might spur ideas as to how they could be enhanced to see more stuff. The idea would be that in a bit, we could eventually create a link to a page where everybody could begin making their own graphs. The results of experiments may be more clear.

eg. My (suposed) MSG peak today was a lot shorter than I thought, only two hours.


daveman, this is excellent!
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« Reply #7127 on: 27/03/2010 03:14:42 »

We have written to a few prominent orgasm-researchers to see if they could do the "design". Alas, no response.

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« Reply #7128 on: 27/03/2010 03:22:27 »

let me know what you think to that [oxygen] suggestion!!


daveyboy, the use of oxygen sounds plausible. Might be worth trying an experiment with a physician.

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« Reply #7129 on: 27/03/2010 10:15:51 »
Last week I had an NE and I have already reported that I had minimal effect from it. That was then. This week I had what I have called my Phase B of POIS, a burnt out deadhead feeling. It appeared over a week after the NE.

In the days following ejaculation I seem to experience the change for prominently in my optical "circuitry", visually things seem different. And then again in Phase B it is has become apparent that visually demanding work such as driving is the most taxing on my "burnt out" brain. Wed through Fri were progressively worse into Phase B. Friday night I bought and took some Bilberry supplements, which are claimed to be good for the eyes. I woke through the night like I always do and took a couple more at that time, after which I slept better than I normally do. This morning I do indeed feel better, but whether it was the bilberry that helped or I merely came out the other end of the tunnel I am not sure. If bilberry does help me in my POIS (A or B) state I suppose it might be due to it's anti-inflammatory properties, which would lead me in the direction of other ways of reducing inflammation, and trying to figure out what might provoke it. Maybe I should cut out nightshades veggies (potatoes, tomatoes, etc) as a trial, which are claimed to be a cause of inflammation. Another source to consider might be arachidonic acid, present in meats, egg yolks, shellfish...
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« Reply #7130 on: 27/03/2010 13:33:22 »
John,

Sorry what's NE, being a newbie?

Recently I have been experiencing something similar, in respect to phase A/B. I'm trying to capture the effect in my database graphs too.

If I understand you, Things can start out apparently smoothly, and then just when you think your getting ready for another sexual adventure, BAM, the fog comes in.

For instance, day 1, medium on physical and mental (on a good day) day 2, feeling pretty good, day 3 heavy night, waking and with nightmares, pulsations and next day very foggy. Other times it has been a couple of days bad, starting to clear and on day 5 the sky falls in.

Now that I've been filling in the forms for the graphs, I've noticed that ususally though there's a trigger responsible for the fall.

I was great yesterday and had a terrible night last night, with residuals this morning. I relate it to something I ate late in the afternoon (a bad tomato). This week I have been fortunate, in that it started out light, almost cleared up and came back again twice. I gave me an opportunity to document clearer effects of antagonists.

When we are sensitive we have to be extremely careful what we eat ( and even do ).

How does Murphey do it??

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« Reply #7131 on: 27/03/2010 15:35:05 »
BJim,

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Is blueberry the same fruit than bilberry ?

They are in the same family, here is some info.

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But I want to add that glycemia must be linked to inflammation. When glycmia is under controle = less inflammation. I have posted some studies. Effect of sugar on my flu-like symptoms is clear.

I would think that starches (bread, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes) would have a similar effect as they apparently have almost the same effect on blood sugar. This is from Dr Gabe Mirkin's Good Food Guide (sentence in bold is my emphases):

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Carbohydrates contain single sugars or combinations of sugars. Glucose is an example of a single sugar. Sucrose or common table sugar is a double sugar. Starch contains thousands of sugar molecules bound together, while fiber contains millions of sugars bound together so tightly that your body cannot break them down. Only single sugars can pass from your intestines into your bloodstream. Double, triple, other combinations of sugars and starches must first be split into single sugars before they can be absorbed. These reactions occur so rapidly in your intestines that most starches cause rises in blood sugar that are not much lower than those of single sugars

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Sorry what's NE, being a newbie?

Nocturnal emission, ie wet dream.

My Phase A always used to be the extreme part of my POIS, with a cognative impairment that I can not really explain, but it felt like my mind was swimming in too much of something. Later on, typically after a week of Phase A it would morph into a burnt out, head deadness. This would last for typically a few days to a week before I regained my normal self. These days, Phase A is easier on me, possibly due to the dietary choices I now make. But I have refrain from thinking that I am in the clear when I don't have symptoms due to big bad B.
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« Reply #7132 on: 27/03/2010 16:44:00 »

I have been battling nausea for years. POIS aggravates it. Daveman, I think you're right that we need to careful what we eat and do if we're sensitive.

Milk, with lactaid, I think did me in last week. I'm on 325mg aspirin daily, which might be hard on stomach, but I'm convinced that I need it post-bypass surgery for a year.

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« Reply #7133 on: 27/03/2010 18:29:52 »
5 weeks of celibacy + zinc supplementation lead to POIS to no avail... but the sexual hangover only lasts about a day for me.

Im still experiencing this almost constant frontal lobe brain fog that goes away when I orgasm, feeling like it goes to the center of my brain which feels like the root cause of this terrible POIS symptom.  Once the main symptoms are over, this fog will most likely come to my frontal lobe again.

I think I'm going to start back on the relora regimen for possible adrenaline issues
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« Reply #7134 on: 28/03/2010 03:34:55 »

goingcrazy, congrats on the 5 weeks!

That's really longtime for you isn't it?

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« Reply #7135 on: 28/03/2010 03:36:21 »

John, I forgot, does milk still affect you?

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« Reply #7136 on: 28/03/2010 05:57:01 »
I havent been here in a while.. I came back to look at what you guys had to say about prolactin, dopamine, and pregnenolone.

In Nov 09 I masturbated like if it was gonna be Armageddon the next day. Then next morning at 8 I went for a blood test. Unfortunatly the doc didnt ask for prolactin, and i didnt know what prolactin was back then. But 2 things that came out very abnormal was free testosterone and pregnenolone. If I assume that concentrations are normally distributed (very useful because for fairly healthy individual the "normal range" is totally useless), my free test was in the top <2% of the population used by the lab, while my pregnenolone in the bottom <2% of the population. the free test result did not surprise me that much, because i would say i have genetically high test. but the low pregnenolone less than 2% of the population is nothing short of a disaster. low pregnenolone can cause a lot of cognition problems, immune responses, fatigue, etc. so im very surprised to find that a search for pregnenolone in this topic only got 2 hits. Have you guys looked at this?

Basically I'm wondering if too frequent orgasms could somehow have placed too much demand for steroidogenesis, possibly each orgasms causing spikes of high testosterone/low estradiol followed by low testosterone/high estradiol. So if you abuse just enough, you could throw off the regulation of pregnenolone. I dont know.

In my specific case I've been looking at ways to increase preg naturally, and didnt find much. Ray Peat says taking preg might stimulate its own production, but he has said a lot of grabage too. I just started taking pantethine (active B5) in the hope of converting more cholesterol into preg. Cholesterol is brought to the cells by LDL particules, which I have plenty (something my Dr calls hypercholesterolemia, but whatever). some say i need to increase the size of my LDL particle by increasing saturated fats and decreasing all polyunsaturated fats (including fish oil) and carbs. Peat says increasing thyroid function and vit A status could also help.
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« Reply #7137 on: 28/03/2010 05:58:04 »
I would also point out that (still assuming a normal distribution) my percentile for zinc RBC was 6%. This is high enough for the Dr to tell my that my zinc levels are fine, but if you think about it for a minute this is a catastrophe. A yound athletic male in his 20s having less zinc than 94% of the population used by the lab to make the normal range. More recently I tested several others, the percentiles are magnesium 20%, calcium 31%, copper 79%, FSH 19%, LH 31%, morning cortisol 23%, ACTH 9%. My Dr says all that is fine, all within normal ranges (which includes 2 standard deviations, which corresponds to about 95% of the population). But in my opinion this is a disaster. For example knowing that the average joe is too high in copper and too low in zinc, and then add to that that I'm below 94% for zinc and above 79% for copper. wow  ACTH below 91% of people. etc   these numbers look like someone on paliative care. Yet I'm quite healthy, at least when I avoid sexual activities.

I have started a solid supplement regimen to correct that, at 300mg of zinc daily, 2.5g mag, etc  everything in the most bioavailable forms. changed my diet entirely to a paleo style low-carb diet, modified to remove phytates to avoid binding minerals, etc  but fixing these numbers will take time.

The bottom line is, even if your doc tells you that something is fine, you should really sit there and think for yourself about what the number means and if you believe it makes sense for what you are. Also, even if you took some zinc or some magnesium for a few months and didnt see any noticeable improvement, I still wouldnt discard that possibility. you dont significantly rebuilt your mineral levels overnight.

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« Reply #7138 on: 28/03/2010 06:52:18 »
Finally, has anyone put to test the theory that prolactin goes too high for too long, causing among other thing a dopamine crash? I read somewhere thay 500mg/day of Vitex for a few weeks, or something stronger like bromo. maybe Cabergoline. could reduce the refractory period. basically any prolactin inhibitor, possibly combined, after the orgasm, with a dopamine agonist or just a precursor like l-tyrosine.

I'm also wondering if Could it be that prolactin, being the bonding hormone, is released in greater quantity when have sex whereas prostaglandin E2 and PSA would spike after masturbation? So frequent masturbation could perhaps throw off the whole system for a while, after which even intercourse would be followed by POIS. This is a random thought.

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« Reply #7139 on: 28/03/2010 11:30:13 »
Hi!

With a test period of 3 months, I take:

- St. John's-wort,
- Gaba
- banana (eating)

throughout the 1st day.

Dosage:
- St. John's-wort - 250 mg - every 2 hrs (never miss one)
- GABA - 500 mg - only if my mind feels blocked (mesmerized)

Side-effects: I feel a bit doped, however, I can think much quicker and more clearly. This combo often boost my mind.

This experiment shows that my problem is rather of psychologic kind.



 

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« Reply #7140 on: 28/03/2010 12:08:57 »
I would also point out that (still assuming a normal distribution) my percentile for zinc RBC was 6%. This is high enough for the Dr to tell my that my zinc levels are fine, but if you think about it for a minute this is a catastrophe. A yound athletic male in his 20s having less zinc than 94% of the population used by the lab to make the normal range.

Yea man, doctors will only admit there is a problem if you are COMPLETELY out of range in a blood test. This goes especially for hormonal levels. The level of testosterone is like 200 - 800. So if your @ 205 they consider you normal, but you are def not at your OPTIMAL level of function.

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« Reply #7141 on: 28/03/2010 12:36:36 »

John, I forgot, does milk still affect you?

I don't know, I don't drink it. The only milk product I eat is yogurt, and that doesn't seem to have any negative effect.

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« Reply #7142 on: 28/03/2010 13:42:36 »
Looking_for_answers,

Sorry, I wasn't here when you were here before. How long does it take to get to your level of understanding of the system?

As you say, it must be very important to be able to evaluate what a doctor is telling you, you assume that he knows what he is talking about. I could take all of the tests in the world, and let them tell me what's wrong, but it seems that even they don't really know how to interpret things.

So it's even more difficult than I was thinking, to hire someone to tell us what tests to take, but finding someone to interpret them and provide a therapy even more difficult.

Pretty frustrating. We almost have to become our own doctors. Sigh!
How does Murphey do it??

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« Reply #7143 on: 28/03/2010 18:10:38 »
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Yes, that's what I think but not tested yet.

Have you some articles about pregnenolone and immune system?


There is a lot of anecdotal evidence of preg improving the immune system in those who are deficient. It's like all other natural compounds, if you dont start with a deficiency in preg you shouldnt expect to get better with preg. This is something that limits a lot the research in these compounds, because the number of people who actually start with a deficiency in the compound being low implies the success rate will be low. But of course for the minority for started with a deficiency and cured it, the results are astonishing. Researchers perfer to find chemicals that act for a large percentage of the population, with a total disregard of what is causing the symptoms. Another problem with preg and other naturally occuring compound is that its not patentable, so research fund is scarse. Still I've come across studies about preg to cure rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

i think preg deficiency has a lot of common symptoms with POIS. And the fact that my preg was so outrageously low 18-20h after my porn rant tells me that my orgasms are giving a beating to my preg status. That morning it took me a while to remember my phone number when asked at the Dr's office. 

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« Reply #7144 on: 28/03/2010 18:16:09 »
I would also point out that (still assuming a normal distribution) my percentile for zinc RBC was 6%. This is high enough for the Dr to tell my that my zinc levels are fine, but if you think about it for a minute this is a catastrophe. A yound athletic male in his 20s having less zinc than 94% of the population used by the lab to make the normal range.

Yea man, doctors will only admit there is a problem if you are COMPLETELY out of range in a blood test. This goes especially for hormonal levels. The level of testosterone is like 200 - 800. So if your @ 205 they consider you normal, but you are def not at your OPTIMAL level of function.

With that regard, I find doctors so dumb. I suppose they are just protecting themself against malpractice or quackery labels, but c'mon when you see a big dude coming in with a test of 300 u know something is wrong, I dont care that the ~2.5 percentile of the population happens to be at 200 or whatever the treshold they had set.

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« Reply #7145 on: 28/03/2010 18:25:16 »
Looking_for_answers,

Sorry, I wasn't here when you were here before. How long does it take to get to your level of understanding of the system?

As you say, it must be very important to be able to evaluate what a doctor is telling you, you assume that he knows what he is talking about. I could take all of the tests in the world, and let them tell me what's wrong, but it seems that even they don't really know how to interpret things.

So it's even more difficult than I was thinking, to hire someone to tell us what tests to take, but finding someone to interpret them and provide a therapy even more difficult.

Pretty frustrating. We almost have to become our own doctors. Sigh!


You're right, you have to be your own doctor. It's very counter productive but if your symtpoms arent fixed by statins, anti inflamatories, viagra or an anti depressant, then your on your own. I see my doctor as someone who can order the tests that I want, and hopefully write me a prescription if I decide that I  want to try a med. Dont expect yout doctor to tell you the tests that you need nor to interpret the results carefully. Because their guidelines are written (or at least heavily influenced) by big pharma, so the tests that they will give you will only be geared toward what big pharma has to offer in the market right now. If the solution of your problem reside with non patentable compounds, you'll never find out about it unless you dig yourself. 

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« Reply #7146 on: 28/03/2010 18:37:26 »
If we have any hope to fix this is by stepping up our game to the next level. One experiment could be if several of us would do a full hormonal, cortisol, neurotransmetters test at some point, then have a few orgasms during the next 24h and then come back for another round of the same tests. Maybe also a third round of testing 2-4 days later. We could then compare with what is predicted in the litterature and see where we overreact. I know this would be expansive, but if your insurance wont pay for it i think there are pretty good test available online (for example the life extension foundation).

Neurotransmetters are hard to test, but if we each understand better the effects of serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, etc just by writing down how we feel for the next hours and days after orgasms, we can probably deduce a lot about how they behave.

If anyone has tried or wants to try a prolactin inhibitor like the ones I suggested, and after a few weeks of abstinence try an orgasm or two to see if the response is different. But even if that was highly successful I wouldnot ignore pregnenolone.

 

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« Reply #7147 on: 28/03/2010 18:44:53 »
Something else that could be a productive exercise, if we would all test our minerals (at least magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper, selenium) and report the result as a percentile, as I did above. Suppose that we all happen to be above 70% for copper, or below 30% for zinc, or for magnesium, then we could gain a lot of informations. As I wrote above, Adding ZMA or some mineral to your diet for a month or two and not noticing results doesnt mean much. It can be bound to phytates if you eat lots of nuts or grains, or it could not be so well absorbed. For example on top of this page someone talks about dairy intolerance, lots of people have subclinical lactose intolerance, which cause some inflammation in the bowel but they never know. thats one way not to absorb minerals. there are many others of course

It's very reasonable to me that our body could go into a much deeper refractory period as an evolutionary mechanism to avoid depletion of something. It could be avoiding depletion of the precursors of a neurotransmetter or an hormone that is produced heavily during sexual encounters, or some ingredients of sperm, or a combination. 
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« Reply #7148 on: 28/03/2010 18:59:33 »

Yea man, doctors will only admit there is a problem if you are COMPLETELY out of range in a blood test. This goes especially for hormonal levels. The level of testosterone is like 200 - 800. So if your @ 205 they consider you normal, but you are def not at your OPTIMAL level of function.


Hi, Porke, I certainly agree with your "barely normal is not OPTIMAL" conclusion, but please allow me to disagree with the FIRST part of your post - about doctors not willing to admit to a problem.

When I was tested "normal" a few years back, I screamed and shouted to my GP and my urologist about needing testosterone for POIS. (I quoted 2 specialists, Dr Waldinger and a Czech sex researcher). It worked (they probably just wanted to get rid of me, finally  [:D]), and they gave me T-injections with monitoring. They did put me through hoops trying to discourage me (I had to buy the stuff myself, running back and forth to the MD's and arranging shots with the GP's nurse), but I still got my way.

I'm now on patches and they work very well for my POIS. For that, I was tested in a much more sophisticated lab and with a highly regarded endocrinologist who is sympathetic to POIS.
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« Reply #7149 on: 28/03/2010 19:06:33 »
Looking_for_answers,

Sorry, I wasn't here when you were here before. How long does it take to get to your level of understanding of the system?

As you say, it must be very important to be able to evaluate what a doctor is telling you, you assume that he knows what he is talking about. I could take all of the tests in the world, and let them tell me what's wrong, but it seems that even they don't really know how to interpret things.

So it's even more difficult than I was thinking, to hire someone to tell us what tests to take, but finding someone to interpret them and provide a therapy even more difficult.

Pretty frustrating. We almost have to become our own doctors. Sigh!


You're right, you have to be your own doctor. It's very counter productive but if your symtpoms arent fixed by statins, anti inflamatories, viagra or an anti depressant, then your on your own. I see my doctor as someone who can order the tests that I want, and hopefully write me a prescription if I decide that I  want to try a med. Dont expect yout doctor to tell you the tests that you need nor to interpret the results carefully. Because their guidelines are written (or at least heavily influenced) by big pharma, so the tests that they will give you will only be geared toward what big pharma has to offer in the market right now. If the solution of your problem reside with non patentable compounds, you'll never find out about it unless you dig yourself. 

I agree! We must take the lead with our doctors and treat them as our assistants! Hopefully, the experiences written here will help anyone reading this to better manage YOUR medical professionals!