Does Sex Ease Migraines or Trigger Them?
It can do both. But whether it’s a trigger or a remedy can depend on many factors.
[EveryDay Health, 7/18/19] It’s an age-old excuse: “Not tonight, honey. I have a headache.” But the next time you feel an actual migraine coming on, sex might be the best remedy.
Sound too good to be true?
Research backs up the finding: A study published in February 2013 in the journal Cephalagia found that 60 percent of people who had sex during a migraine attack experienced some improvement in their headache symptoms.
One theory is that sex may distract people from their pain.
Another is that sex — in particular, an orgasm — releases endorphins, which can also help relieve pain, says Alexander Mauskop, MD, director and founder of the New York Headache Center. Endorphins, which are opiate-like chemicals, are associated with a happy, positive feeling and can keep pain messages from reaching the brain, he explains. Unlike pain medications, which can take up to 15 minutes to kick in, these chemicals can work almost instantly.
Other people aren’t as lucky.
Like exercise, sex is a physical activity, which can put pressure on a person’s back and neck, bringing on a migraine. Plus, sex can increase blood pressure and cause a dilation of the cerebral blood vessels, which can also trigger an attack.
“Headaches during sex are most often seen in people with migraines because these people have a genetic predisposition to develop headaches already,” says Mark W. Green, MD, a professor of neurology, anesthesiology, and rehabilitation medicine and the director of the Center for Headache and Pain Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. (Although most migraine symptoms are similar — sensitivity to light, sound, and certain smells; nausea; and a constant, throbbing pain — migraine causes are different for each person.)……
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