Honeymoon rhinitis

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Honeymoon rhinitis is a condition in which the sufferer experiences nasal congestion during sexual intercourse.[1]

The condition appears to be genetically determined, and caused by the presence in the nose of erectile tissue which may become engorged during sexual arousal as a side effect of the signals from the autonomic nervous system that trigger changes in the genitals of both men and women.

A related condition called sexually induced sneezing also exists, where people sneeze, sometimes uncontrollably, when engaging in or even thinking about sexual activity.[2]

A phenomenon presumably related to 'honeymoon rhinitis' is the occurrence of nasal congestion as a reported side effect of Viagra use.[3]


  1. ^ Monteseirin, J.; Camacho, M. J.; Bonilla, I.; Sánchez-Hernández, C.; Hernández, M.; Conde, J. (Apr 2001). "Honeymoon rhinitis". Allergy. 56 (4): 353–354. doi:10.1034/j.1398-9995.2001.00054.x. ISSN 0105-4538. PMID 11284809.
  2. ^ "Sneezing 'can be sign of arousal'". BBC News. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  3. ^ Khan, L. A.; Khan, S. A.; Al-Hateeti, H. (Sep 1999). "Sildenafil (Viagra) may cause nasal stuffiness". Annals of Saudi Medicine. 19 (5): 468. ISSN 0256-4947. PMID 17277525.