November 18th, 2015
Researchers asked 800 patients with migraine and 200 patients with cluster headaches (known to be the worst pain that humans can experience) to answer questions about their experience with sexual activity during a headache attack and its impact on headache intensity. In total, 38% of the migraine patients and 48% of the patients with cluster headache responded.
The researchers found that most patients avoided sex during an attack, but maybe they should give it a try in the future: among those who had sex (about one-third), it appeared to be a succescul treatment in 60 percent of patients suffering migraine and in one-third of patients with cluster headaches.
“Our results show that sexual activity during a migraine attack might relieve or even stop an attack in some cases, and that sexual activity in the presence of headache is not an unusual behavior,” they write in the publication.
However, it wasn’t a happy ending for everyone: for one-third of the migraine patients and 50 percent of the cluster headache patients who had sex, the pain got worse.
Hambach, A., Evers, S., Summ, O., Husstedt, I., & Frese, A. (2013). The impact of sexual activity on idiopathic headaches: An observational study Cephalalgia DOI: 10.1177/0333102413476374
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