Got a burning question about relationships, sex, parenting, dating or mental health you feel too embarrassed to ask? Qualified counsellor, life coach and Celebs Go Dating’s resident expert Anna Williamson is here to help.
She’ll be answering your burning questions for Yahoo Style UK – find out how to submit them below.
This week Anna tackles the tricky subject of getting emotional during sex.
Sometimes after or during sex I cry for no reason. Is this normal?
Please keep me anonymous.
Don’t worry, you are perfectly normal.
It can feel quite confusing to have a response such as crying around an act that should be pleasurable and joyful, but let’s not forget that we can cry for many reasons.
We can cry with happiness, we can cry with sadness and we can cry with anger.
A lot of people also feel a whole range of emotions around sex.
It is, after all, a very intimate act. Indeed, it’s one of the most intimate displays of emotion we can share with another person.
I don’t know your background – and if there are any triggers for you around sex – but I’m going to answer this question by explaining what is generally happening physiologically.
To put it casually, when we have sex our hormones are flying all over the place.
This can result in having these intense experiences of emotions or leave you feeling a bit ‘up and down’ afterwards.
I know myself from when I have periods or when I’ve had babies that it’s natural to feel angry, or passionate or a whole spectrum of emotions – hormones answer for an awful lot.
Crying is also a very well-known mechanism for releasing pent-up tension.
Have you ever been in an argument with somebody where you’ve been very angry or you’re not quite sure how you’re going to react and it’s irritating to you when you suddenly cry?
I know I do this if I have an argument with somebody or feel very frustrated about something. I cry.
So, if you think about it, what’s happening when you have sex is you’re releasing a lot of this inner tension through the act – and when we release tension, one of the ways this can come out is by having a really good cry.
If you believe you have any underlying issues or any triggers around sex – anything traumatic that’s happened to you – please do reach out.
Speak to a GP for some extra counselling around the issue or contact someone you trust to talk about how you’re feeling.
But if you’re crying during or after sex and you don’t know why, it’s most likely that you’re releasing an awful lot of tension and that your hormones are just going up, down and haywire during the act.
So, enjoy! Enjoy sex and if you cry… you know what? It’s fine.
Watch the video above for Anna’s full response on this issue.
This is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are concerned about your health, please consult a doctor. Information about a range of issues is also available on the NHS website.
Submit your question for Anna
If you would like to submit a question, e-mail it to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Ask Anna’. Want to be anonymous? No problem - just let us know in your message.