Although heart burn is not a serious health disorder, it can lead to diseases like ulcer and other digestive disorders. Many people around the world suffer from heartburn at least once a week and reports say that one in five adults is affected by this disorder. In fact, heartburn is not a disease; but it is an eating disorder that affects the upper digestive system. It is a burning sensation behind the Sternum or the flat bone in the middle of your chest. It affects esophagus which causes a burning sensation. Acid reflux, caused by the acid that escapes from the stomach enters into esophagus results in the form of burning sensation in chest.
Escape of digestive juices
Normally, the digestive juices or stomach acids remain trapped in the digestive system or stomach where they perform the important task of digesting food and absorbing nutrients from the foods we eat. These stomach acids are prevented from resurfacing into the mouth, throat or esophagus by a valve like muscle that only relaxes and opens only to allow food in. If this valve does not function efficiently for any reason, the contents of the stomach, namely these digestive juices may be forced back up. This condition is termed as acid reflux. Acid reflux causes heartburn with severe irritation to the lining of the throat and esophagus.
Stomach acids are strong fluids
In fact the stomach acids that help our digestion are very strong and can damage most parts of the body. It is, of course, the wonderful providence of nature that the stomach is protected from its own acid by a special mucous layer. Since the esophagus does not have any such special protection the discomfort of heart burn is experienced when the lower esophageal sphincter does not close completely.
How can sex cause heart burn?
Although there is no direct proof for sex causing heart burn, certain conditions linked with sex do cause this. Food habits that usually accompany sex activities, body postures, some medicines taken to enhance sex, etc. can lead to heart burn complaint.
1) Ayurvedic reason for sex causing heart burn
Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India, says that the amount of “pitta dosh” or the heat or thermal energy of the body naturally increases due to some physical conditions, especially in the rainy season. It causes hyperacidity and heart burn.
Further, Ayurveda says that excessive sexual intercourse or indulging in sexual activities quickly after a meal, i.e. indulging in sex with undigested food in the stomach, will develop this imbalance and cause heart burn.
Dr. Madan Gulati, an Ayurvedic specialist from Chandigar, India, confirms this in his essay “Acidity and its Ayurvedic cure/Hyperacidity and its complications”.
2) Body postures can cause heart burn
Sometimes postures of lying down and body movement may send stomach acid into the esophagus. Going to bed immediately after dinner or having positions that prone to lie on stomach may provoke acid fluid from stomach flow into mouth. This usually happens in some sex positions when there is pressure on stomach. Taking some antacids or mint before going to bed can avoid this condition.
3) Food habits before having sex may cause heart burn
Many substances, such as spicy foods, citrus fruits or some drinks, directly irritate the lining of the esophagus and can contribute to heartburn. Exertion in sex activities may induce acid reflux.
4) Certain medication may induce heart burn
Certain medicines such as Advil, drugs taken for pain may cause this condition. Side effects of some medicines induce heart burn. It is because of the chemicals contained in them.
5) Pregnancy period may cause this easily
During the pregnancy time, women normally experience this due to their body conditions. They should be very careful during this period and avoid further complications. Indigestion and exhaustion are the main reasons for this.
6) Sex medicines are said to cause heart burn
Apparently some chemicals in some sex enhancing medicines such as Viagra cause the soft tissue muscles around the sex organs to relax. This may also cause relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), resulting in acid reflux.