Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 Science

Sneezing May Be Triggered by Sexual Fantasy


If you hear someone sneeze you may think about what is on the mind of that someone, since recently researchers unveiled that sneezing in some people can be produced by sexual fantasy. Such a surprising find was made by Dr Mahmood Bhutta, an ear, nose and throat specialist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The researcher carried out his study after observing a patient who had "uncontrollable" sneezing fits each time he had a sexual thought.

The results of the study were published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. In the article Dr Mahmood Bhutta wrote: "We thought this unusual and performed a literature search of the topic."

Both Dr Mahmood Bhutta and his colleague Dr Harold Maxwell, noticed that Google produced a huge number of results after they typed the keywords "sex", "sneeze" or "sneezing," reported The Independent.

"Although internet reports do not give us an accurate incidence, our findings do suggest that it is much more common than recognized," scientists wrote.

Experts say that sneezing is a result of nasal irritation, which triggers a reflex that pushes out air at speeds of more than 90 miles an hour. Sneezing can also be triggered by eyebrow plucking through the stimulation of the trigeminal nerve.

Scientists said that there are also other puzzling sneezing triggers such as the "photic sneeze reflex," which is an inherited sneezing response to sunlight. Such reaction on sunlight affects about 1/4th of the population. There's also a rare condition when members of the same family sneeze after meals.

According to Dr Bhutta, there is a probability that people from the same family may sneeze if they think about sex. He added that this reflex shows evolutionary remnants in the wiring of a part of the human nervous system.

"Sometimes the signals in this system get crossed, and I think this may be why some people sneeze when they think about sex," said the researcher.

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//5 Jun 10, 2009 03:38 PM | posted by: Wayne
I constantly sneeze when i am thinking sexually about someone i have a crush on and never had physical relations with.
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//4 Feb 26, 2009 02:44 AM | posted by: Anonymous
Hey, that happens to me sometimes! Only occasionally, though, and only if the thoughts are very romantic as well as sexual.
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//3 Jan 29, 2009 01:14 PM | posted by: snsuresh [InfoMANIAC]
oh sneezing has lot of meanings
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//2 Dec 23, 2008 08:34 AM | posted by: roz bhutta
this research is specified for male.
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//1 Dec 22, 2008 07:49 PM | posted by: Mike
Funny thing - this happens to me typically int he first few months of a relationship. Now with my possible future wife - its been a year and i still am sneezing!

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