Irish man loses memory 10 minutes after having sex with wife: report
In a bizarre incident, a 66-year-old Irishman was rushed to hospital with short-lived amnesia after having sex with his wife.
The abnormal case was analyzed in the May issue of the Irish Medical Journal, published on Wednesday, and doctors explained that sex was the trigger for the short-term amnesia, officially known as transient global amnesia (TGA).
The Mayo Clinic defines TGA as “an episode of sudden transient global amnesia that is not caused by a more common neuropathy such as epilepsy or stroke.”
In the Irishman’s case, the medical journal reported that he lost his short-term memory “within 10 minutes of having sex”.
After they had sex, the man noticed the date on his mobile phone and he “suddenly became distressed that he had forgotten his wedding anniversary the day before”. Although the man had celebrated the special occasion the night before, he had no idea.
“He repeatedly questioned his wife and daughter about the events of this morning and the day before,” according to the newspaper.
A rare disease like this usually affects people between the ages of 50 and 70 and has the ability to “just disappear” from recent events. Some people with TGA may not remember what happened a year ago. Those affected usually regain their memory within hours.
In this case, the subject’s long-term memory was not compromised and was able to provide their name, age, and other background information.
The man had previously suffered TGA in 2015, and this incident also happened shortly after he had sex. Fortunately, he later regained his short-term memory.
Realizing he may be suffering from another episode of TGA, the man went to the local emergency room. There it was discovered by a neurological examination that he was “completely normal”. After a while, his memory returned.
The author of an article in the Irish Medical Journal, who works in the department of neurology at Limerick University Hospital, said up to 10% of people with TGA have another episode. The authors further added that “TGA precipitation has been linked to several activities, including physical activity, immersion in cold or hot water, emotional stress, pain, and sexual intercourse.”
Speaking of TGA in 2009, an expert said: “It is not enough for one stimulus or deprivation to cause it to permanently injure the brain. The brain recovers. There should be no deficit other than the memory and it should be brief.”
The incident is horrifying for those affected and their loved ones, but TGA is not considered very serious.
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