A MAN almost died from masturbating after he suffered a stroke just moments after ejaculating.

Doctors described how the unnamed Japanese man, 51, enjoyed masturbating several times a day.

But one day his habit led to a potentially deadly subarachnoid haemorrhage – when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

The NHS says: “A subarachnoid haemorrhage sometimes happens during physical effort or straining, such as coughing, going to the toilet, lifting something heavy or having sex.”

The doctors wrote in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases that sex is "known as one of the daily activities triggering spontaneous" strokes.

They described how the "right-handed man" began experiencing an agonising “thunderclap” headache after pleasuring himself and later began vomiting, MailOnline reports. 

He went to Nagoya City University Hospital where concerned medics ran a series of tests.

They found he had low blood pressure and was confused.

Confusion, headaches, blurred vision, trouble speaking and walking are just some of the signs of a stroke.

A CT scan confirmed the man’s diagnosis and he was treated in hospital.

The man luckily survived and was discharged after nearly two weeks in hospital in an “excellent” condition. 

Strokes can have long lasting effects on patients due to brain damage caused by a reduction of blood supply to the brain.

Complications include epilepsy, depression, and problems with mental functioning like planning and memory.

Can masturbating cause a stroke?

The man suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which is a more uncommon type of stroke that causes bleeding in the area between the brain and the tissues that cover it.

It happens when a brain aneurysm bursts, but it’s not clear why aneurysms develop in some people.

There are various factors that put someone more at risk of a brain aneurysm, including a poor diet, lack of exercise, too much alcohol and family history.

The man’s age was also typical of a subarachnoid haemorrhage, as they typically occur in people aged between 45 and 70 years old. 

Dr Masahiro Oomura and his team of neurologists, who published the case report, said it's not clear how masturbation leads to a stroke.

But Dr Daniel Walsh, a consultant cerebrovascular neurosurgeon at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, suggested it was not suprising. 

A ruptured aneurysm, which caused the man’s stroke, is thought to be linked with a sudden increase in blood pressure.

And a sudden rise in blood pressure is “characteristic” of any sexual activity, Dr Walsh said, not just sex.

Sexual activity is behind up to 14 per cent of all subarachnoid haemorrhage cases, he claimed. 

But he added: “On a positive note, you will probably do more to prevent having a subarachnoid haemorrhage by avoiding smoking, recreational drugs and managing elevated blood pressure with your GP than abstaining from sex in all its forms.”

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