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Headache

Could having sex help get rid of my headaches?

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  • AMark Moyad, Urology, answered
    Sex and orgasms help to release a variety of chemicals, including oxytocin, that cause relaxation, reduce stress, improve mood and ultimately help to produce endorphins that are naturally produced painkillers. These same compounds are responsible for what is called “runners’ high.” It follows that one good way to fight pain, such as a headache, or to reduce stress is to have good sex. In a perfect world, an individual who was overworked or had a headache should want to have sex for selfish reasons!

    By the way, recent research suggests that taking too many over-the-counter prescription painkillers can kill your sex life and increases the risk for sexual dysfunction. What does all this mean? Better to have sex solve your pain problems if you can get away with it comfortably!
  • AAudrey Halpern, MD, Neurology, answered
    Headaches, and especially migraines, may make you want to stay in bed, untouched, and lying still. This inevitably makes someone not want to engage in intimate affairs. But what if a good romp could actually help? It may, but of course, you need to get over your fear of all that movement and closeness.

    For many sufferers, asking this is too much…unless you want stomach contents spewed out on the bed. Sorry for the visual. But for some sufferers or some headaches, it might be worth a try. Endorphins are hormones with pain-killing effects that flood your body with vigorous exercise or even sexual encounters.

    There are other benefits, too. An active, healthy sex life, for many, suggests a healthy overall lifestyle with plenty of sleep, good nutrition, and good stress-reducing techniques -- all things that are great for headache sufferers.

    There are some headaches that can be triggered by intimate encounters, though.  If you get one of those, you probably need to see your doctor and discuss this symptom with him or her.
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