The PJ Tatler

Performance Anxiety

I have heard of having sex to forget the stresses of the day, but this seems a bit extreme:

A 54-year-old woman showed up in the emergency room at Georgetown University Hospital with her husband, unable to remember the past 24 hours. Her newer memories were hazy, too. One thing she did recall: Her amnesia had started right after having sex with her husband just an hour before.

While sex can be forgettable or mind-blowing, for some people, it can quite literally be both at the same time. The woman, whose case was reported in the September issue of The Journal of Emergency Medicine, was experiencing transient global amnesia, a rare condition in which memory suddenly, temporarily, disappears.

It certainly sets the bar a little high: if your partner can remember what happened that morning, it wasn’t as mind-blowing as it might have been.