Sex Headaches

While I don’t believe that I have ever experienced this personally, I have heard of women who have headaches during or soon after intercourse.   I decided to do some reading on this topic to find out some more information.

Sex headaches are headaches brought on by sexual activity — especially an orgasm. You may notice a dull ache in your head and neck that builds up as sexual excitement increases. Or, more commonly, you may experience a sudden, severe headache just before or during orgasm. The most common headache happens with basically no warning and usually during the build up of an orgasm.   You may notice a dull ache on the sides of your head, jaw clenching, neck tension, and can intensify as sexual excitement increases.  They can last for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

What causes these?  The head and neck muscles can tighten up during sexual activity that causes a headache to start.  It could also be a response to increased blood pressure and heart rate during orgasm.  I know I would probably be more susceptible to headaches while I have sinus infections, too.

In some cases, your first sex headache may also be your last one. And many sex headaches last for such a short period of time, the pain is gone before any pill you take can work. If they are severe and/or chronic, you will want to consult your doctor.  Your doctor might prescribe either beta blockers daily (if you are prone to them a lot) or indomethacin or triptans can be prescribed and taken as a preventative.  Only your doctor can choose a plan that is best for you.

So, what is your experience?  Have you ever had these?  How do you manage them?  Let’s get your feedback!

3 thoughts on “Sex Headaches

  1. I’m glad to know I’m not alone. I don’t get these headaches every LM session, in fact I’ve only had about two or three since January this year. My husband is always very concerned. He’ll be very happy to learn it’s nothing serious.

    To deal with these kinds of headaches I just be sure to have lots of water, and if it’s still bothering me after 30 or 40 minutes I take some ibuprofen. Works for me.

    Interesting side note: The endorphins your body produces during orgasm are exceedingly powerful pain relievers and can extinguish most kinds of headaches (although they can sometimes make tension headaches worse, and after reading the above article, no wonder). So next time you get one of those nagging pains tell you husband, “Honey, I have a headache. We should have sex.” 😉

  2. I actually read an article not too long ago, written by a doctor, about this very thing. “Having sex,” the doc said, “can actually help the headache go away.” My ever-so-caring hubby likes to remind me of this when I’m suffering from one 😉

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