It’s NOT your fault if your partner breaks into tears after making love
| HealthLine – If you’ve ever cried after having sex, know that it’s perfectly normal and you’re not alone.
They might be happy tears, tears of relief, or a bit of melancholy. Tears during or after sex can also be a purely physical reaction.
Clinically speaking, crying after sex is known as postcoital dysphoria (PCD) or — occasionally — postcoital tristesse (PCT). PCD symptoms may include tearfulness, sadness, and irritability after consensual sex, even if it was perfectly satisfying.
PCD doesn’t necessarily have to involve an orgasm. It can happen to anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Research on the topic is limited, so it’s hard to say how many people experience it.
In a 2015 study, researchers surveyed 230 heterosexual females and found PCD to be prevalent.
Using an anonymous questionnaire for a 2018 study, researchers found that of 1,208 males, 41 percent experienced PCD. Up to 4 percent said it was a regular thing.
Follow along as we look into some reasons someone might cry after sex and what to do if it happens to you or your partner.
A range of emotions can evoke crying, and they’re not all bad.
You’ve probably experienced or witnessed “tears of joy,” such as at a wedding or birth of a child. The same thing can happen during or after sex.
Maybe you’re head over heels in love, or perhaps you just had the best sex ever.
If you haven’t had sex in a while or anticipated it for a long time, these feelings can be even more intense.
Did you get totally lost in the moment? Were you role-playing or fantasizing during sex?
These scenarios can rev up tension and create an emotional roller coaster.
You might have quickly bounced from anticipation to fear to ecstasy before crashing back down to earth … Read more.