OK, here's a really, really weird thing. When, after 11 months of 24/7 chastity, I finally got to come, it stung like hell, my penis went puffy as if a bee had stung it, and my pubic area became an unsightly dry red. These are all symptoms I've experienced in the past ever since becoming sexually active, but this time they were really intense. The symptoms were marked enough to have me googling around, and sure enough there is the increasingly mainstream concept that you can be allergic to your own semen - it's known as Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome, and there's even a subreddit for it, which has remarkable overlap in terms of content with the No Fap subreddit. Presumably, a long period of abstinence wiped out my desensitisation... So, it seems - though the research is patchy and in its infancy - a subset of men really do experience the kind of symptoms that our crazy Victorian forbears associated with masturbation. WikiPedia includes a non-exhaustive list of a cluster of symptoms: sensation of a flu-like state, extreme fatigue or exhaustion, weakness of musculature, experiences of feverishness or perspiration, mood disturbances and / or irritability, memory difficulties, concentration problems, incoherent speech, congestion of nose or watery nose, itching eyes; Can I just say, "Holy Crap!" If you have POIS, then any kind of orgasm is generally a bad thing, and when people claim being orgasm free is good for them, they might actually be telling the truth and not doing porno Femdom speak after all. I'm not honestly sure how I feel about this. On the one hand - hurrah! - we have piercing free security. If I cheat on the chastity, my pubic area turns into a big red triangle. Hurrah. Also, there's a delicious slippery slope - the long I am chaste, the less pleasant the prospect of getting off. On the other hand, I have a horrible feeling that my fetish may have been formed by an intuitive sense that orgasms aren't actually that good for me. What do you guy think?