Whether it was in an old movie or out of your grandma’s mouth, you’ve probably heard the old, cliché “Not tonight, I have a headache.” If haven’t (you’re not missing out), just know it’s alluding to the old stereotype that women fake headaches to get out of s*x. Puhlease.
Okay, rant over. But it turns out that there is a connection between s*x and headaches. Only it’s the reverse. That’s right, s*x or, more specifically, climax-induced headaches are actually more common than you might believe. And it’s ruining fun for men and women.
Women (and men) can experience headaches brought on . s*xual excitement and orgasms, called primary s*xual headaches, says Isha Gupta, M.D.
Though experts aren’t exactly sure why these headaches happen, they fall under the category of exertion-. headaches, which are also triggered . exercise, says Sherry A. Ross, M.D., ob-gyn
One theory is that the headache may be brought on . the adrenaline that floods the body during intense activity, says Ross. “The adrenaline rush occurs during the excitement phase, and then the letdown period, when the climax occurs, brings on the headache,” she says.
Another theory is that when a person coughs, has an climax, or strains in general, it increases pressure in the head, which may contribute to this kind of headache, says Gupta.
Regardless of why these s*x headaches happen, they usually feel like a dull ache in the head and neck or a sudden, severe, throbbing headache immediately upon achieving an climax, says Gupta. Though that can be a serious buzz kill post-O, the headaches often disappear after a few minutes, says Gupta.
And unlike that woman with a headache = no s*x joke, men are actually more likely to get this s*x-. headache than women. It is also more likely to strike if you get migraines frequently.
You should visit a doctor after the first time this happens, just to make sure it’s not something serious, says Ross. Generally though, treatment includes less intense s*xual activity (sorry), anti-inflammatory drugs, and beta-blockers one hour prior to s*xual activity, says Ross.
If you have a sudden, very severe headache for the first time, see your doctor. This is especially important if your headache is accompanied . difficulty speaking, seeing, or moving your arms or legs, says Gupta.
.: Women’s Health
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