I’m a very sexual person, so this has been one of the harder things to deal with about sickle cell. It sucks that when you are in the throes of a passionate encounter, you have a greater chance of getting and L2 or higher or even get thrown into a full blown out crises.
Here’s the deal, with sex, your heart pumps blood faster through all the veins. Faster blood pumping means that any sickle cells that have been chilling in the corners somewhere causing no problems get flushed into the main bloodstream then smaller blood vessels and start to do their clogging up shit. Other factors include the fact that you are most probably hyperventilating during sex and this drops your oxygen saturation level making your body respond by pumping faster and faster. In addition, you are dehydrating via perspiration and cum so you need to hydrate before and after coitus.
I’ve had numerous exacerbations after sex. Sometimes even right in the middle, picture this, one minute you are having your orgasmic experience and the next minute are huddling under the covers, cold as fuck, joints hurting and pain coursing through your body like crazy. It’s like going from 100 mph to 0 in less than 30 seconds. Can you imagine how your lover must be freaking out?
The best recourse is just to stop immediately, I know some people might argue to fight through the pain and just keep having sex…but check this fool, you’re not the one in pain! So until you feel like a thousand jackhammers are crushing your bones mid-coitus, you have no right to try to talk me into ‘keeping at it’, ‘finishing you off’ or anything else. In fact, if you have any common decency you will try to alleviate my pain and distress and worry about your blue balls later.
Grrrr. Stupid people bug the hell out of me.