Table 2 Fulfillment of preliminary diagnostic criteria for POIS

From: First assessment of the validity of the only diagnostic criteria for postorgasmic illness syndrome (POIS)

Fulfill this many criteria %   
0 0   
1 2   
2 2   
3 12   
4 46   
5 39   
Fulfill this criterion %   
Criterion 1: symptom clusters 91   
Criterion 2: time to onset 88   
Criterion 3: setting 56   
Criterion 4: duration 88   
Criterion 5: spontaneous disappearance 95   
In the past 6 months, in this setting Have not ejaculated (%) Ejaculated and always had POIS attacks after (%) Ejaculated but did not always have POIS attacks after (%)
Sex 17 65 18
Masturbation 0 96 4
Nocturnal emission 18 46 36
Symptom cluster Always (%) Always or occasional (%)  
General 80 92  
Head 54 74  
Muscle 49 68  
Eye 35 58  
Flu 32 63  
Nose 28 46  
Throat 24 42  
POIS attacks Mean (SD) Median (IQR)  
Time to onset (hours) 4.3 (12.5) 0.5 (0.0, 2.0)  
Duration (days) 5.0 (3.6) 4.0 (3.0, 6.0)  
  1. IQR interquartile range, POIS postorgasmic illness syndrome