Tragic: Woman suffers multiple strokes after sex with her husband
It's one of the most beautiful things a couple can share, but a few years ago it ended in tragedy for Lucinda Allen. The woman from England was enjoying a night of passion with her husband and was well on her way to her second orgasm when something happened that changed her life forever.
At the time, Lucinda was pregnant with her daughter Marri-Alice and was suffering from pregnancy diabetes. The condition had caused her to have severe headaches.
"It meant I checked my blood pressure most days. One Saturday morning, it was low so I got back into bed with Tony. One thing led to another and after I had a second orgasm that old familiar sharp pain started in my head, above my right eye," she recalls.
"It’s normally a bit like brain freeze and never lasts long — but this time it didn’t go away and soon I was writhing in agony," she added. Her husband Tony started getting nervous and decided to call an ambulance. Lucinda was brought to the hospital where she was put into a medically-induced coma.
It turned out that Lucinda had suffered an HSA (Headache associated with Sexual Activity) which had triggered a series of life-threatening strokes. Doctors performed a craniotomy to reduce the pressure on her brain caused by the hemorrhaging.
HSA, commonly referred to as "sex headaches," most often occur during or right after orgasm. They happen irregularly and are more common in men. In rare cases like Lucinda's, they can cause brain hemorrhaging or strokes. The exact cause of these headaches is still not known.
Lucinda awoke from her coma after six days and was unable to move the left side of her body. "Waking after a coma is a slow, confusing process. I refused to acknowledge I’d had a stroke," she remembers.
But Lucinda soon had to face the truth and was devastated when told that the left side of her body was paralyzed. It was a bitter pill for her to swallow: "I didn’t realize how much damage had been done until the nurse told me. I couldn’t believe what she was saying. I felt suicidal."
But Lucinda fought hard to recover for the sake of her unborn child. She remained in the hospital for the next few months until her daughter was delivered by C-section.
"It was a bittersweet moment, as I couldn’t hold her. She had to be placed in my right arm, which was full of drips," remembers Lucinda. She still hasn't recovered from the strokes, but she's relieved to have been able to give birth to Marri-Alice, her happy and healthy daughter. Doctors were also able to give her the good news that there's little chance that this type of stroke could happen to her again and she's free to enjoy a normal sex life when she's ready.
In the meantime, Lucinda has adjusted to her new life thanks to the love and support of her husband and her parents.
Looking back, Lucinda has managed to find a bright side: "What happened has changed me for the better. I appreciate every moment and the amazing support my family and friends have given me. I feel I now have a better understanding of what real love is."
It's a view on life that many of us could learn from.