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Sex, brain cells and memory loss
'Mind-Blowing' Sex Can Wipe Memory Clean | Live Science
The case of the year-old woman who admitted herself to the Georgetown University Medical School emergency department complaining of severe memory loss triggered by sex was widely reported last month: " Mind-blowing sex can wipe memory clean," ran the Live Science headline; "For one woman, sex was mind-blowing and, literally, totally forgettable, all at the same time," said ABC News; "Over-exertion between the sheets can wipe your memory ," warned the Daily Mail. The woman had suffered an episode of a condition called transient global amnesia TGA , a 'pure' memory syndrome characterized by abrupt, severe memory loss in the absence of other neurological deficits. Although extremely rare and poorly understood, TGA is helping researchers to gain a better understanding of the neuroanatomical basis of memory. The symptoms also bear a close resemblance to those observed in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's Disease. This mysterious condition was first described by French physicians in Since then, there have only been several hundred documented cases. The causes are still unknown, but recent evidence suggests it might be due to congestion in the veins that drain blood from the brain.
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A year-old woman showed up in the emergency room at Georgetown University Hospital with her husband, unable to remember the past 24 hours. Her newer memories were hazy, too. One thing she did recall: Her amnesia had started right after having sex with her husband just an hour before. While sex can be forgettable or mind-blowing, for some people, it can quite literally be both at the same time.