The sudden rise in blood pressure caused a ruptured aneurysm.
Be careful, masturbation kills! Fortunately, the case is exceptional. “We only found over a period from 1985 to 2012 two cases of subarachnoid hemorrhage in our exhaustive register”, explains Dr. Constantin Blanke-Roeser of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Hamburg on the blog Réalités Biomédicales, written by Marc Gozlan and hosted by Sciences et Avenir. “One case concerns a man who died during sex, the other is that of a 24-year-old woman found dead in her bathroom.”
The young woman had been found lifeless, after a party, locked in the bathroom, a sex toy at her feet. The medical examiners concluded that the orgasm had caused a “subarachnoid hemorrhage following the rupture of a cerebral aneurysm”. In fact, it was the sudden increase in blood pressure, linked to orgasm that caused the young woman’s death. “Overall, the frequency of sudden death during sexual activity is estimated to be between 0.08% and 0.6%,” said the doctor. “In addition, there are probably a large number of unreported cases due to the fact that the sexual partners conceal the circumstances of the death and that the doctor refrains from asking them during the post-mortem examination. Overall, men die more often than women during sexual activity, “concludes Dr. Constantin Blanke-Roeser.