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Sex Can Relieve Severe Headaches

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Headaches no longer an excuse to turn your partner down.

sex, headache, treatment, research, healthMaybe you’re not really into it when you have a splitting headache, but new research proves that sexual activity can acutally sooth or even stop your pain.

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.

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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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  • http://tonguesandwich.wordpress.com Tongue Sandwich

    There’s really nothing new here: A female orgasm is a powerful painkiller because of the release of endorphins. So headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex. Sorry ladies, you’ll have to come up with something else…

  • Gette

    “The researchers found that most patients avoided sex during an attack, but maybe they should give it a try in the future.” Actually, that’s some fucking bullshit. I’m so tired of people encouraging sex as a way to fight my migraines. I have a right to control my sexual activity. It’s my body. The implication that I should ignore my personal boundaries for my health is such entitled, misogynist bullshit. You know what I don’t want to do when I feel nauseous, dizzy, in pain, deal with the commitment, risk and intimacy associated with sex. The implication that it solves everything is offensive, wrong, and fucked up.

  • Jessica

    So it seems like what researchers are saying here in this post is that the way people deal with stress is by havig sex to get rid of the headaches or to sooth headaches. Well, when a person is having a headache they are most likely to be stressed which is having an negative response to something or anything, so by being stressed out some poeple respond to it by personal control, which is to have the feeling of being control over the situation. Personal control goes along with sex dealing with headaches becasuse when a person is having sex they want to feel in control, so this is way they can cope with their headaches.

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    tested and proven technique. It works.

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  • Seijejan

    So what did they proof? That it is individual.

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    nice:))