Why Do I Cry After Orgasm?

Q: Email Question: Whenever I have an orgasm with my husband, I start crying. Can you explain this? I’m not in pain. The orgasm feels good, but I actually cry, tears and all.

Why Do I Cry After Orgasm?
Why Do I Cry After Orgasm?

A: Dean Edell, M.D.: I don’t think there is any medical literature that exists with this, but I’ll pass something on to you, just as a human being. I guess I could say I’ve seen this before, and, you know, it wasn’t in a pathology laboratory.

I think it’s a wonderful, positive emotional thing. Look what crying is. Crying is something we do when we’re very sad, obviously. But crying is something we do when we’re ecstatic and we’re happy.

And if you think of all the variety of emotions that can induce tears to our eyes … you think about it. It’s strange, isn’t it? You see your child do something wonderful; you feel proud. To be overwhelmed by an experience, almost any kind of an experience, just be overwhelmed, and you’ll cry.

And I assume that this is a good sign, that you’re overwhelmed by your orgasms, which is the way that it ought to be.