Have you ever cried after sex, or been with someone who did? The experience, either way, can be incredibly intense and confusing. Your knee-jerk reaction may be that something terrible has happened. After all, isn't sex supposed to make you happy? But of course, like in all things related to sex and sexuality, what crying after sex really means can be oh-so complicated. It doesn't always mean that your partner is sad, or that they're in pain, or that they're so overwhelmed with emotions that they're brought to tears. Crying after sex can mean just about anything. Broad, I know, but bear with me.
According to Dr. Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and host of The Kurre and Klapow Show, tears after sex can signify anything from emotional distress to intense pleasure, or, as he puts it, "The act of crying can signal many physical and psychological states." He emphasizes that if this is happening, it’s vitally important to “understand the context." In other words, why it's happening — because the one thing you never want to do is ignore any signs of distress or pain in the bedroom. Here are some reasons the experts say you could be shedding post-coital tears, and, just as importantly, what to do if it happens.