Do You Get Migraines? Have More SEX!

Last updated: May 21, 2021

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Richard Honaker M.D.
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Research suggests that sex could relieve head splitting pain from migraines. That’s right! If you are prone to migraines, you should maybe increase your time between the sheets.

Quick Overview:

  • Research suggests sex relieves migraines
  • Sex releases endorphins during orgasm
  • Endorphins are natural painkillers
  • Endorphins are similar to Morphine
  • Sex can also make migraines worse

Study Finds Sex to Cure Migraines

A study published in Cephalalgia (2013) found that sex can serve up a lot of relief is not cure migraines. In fact, 60 percent of the 800 participants said they felt some kind of migraine relief after sex.

The authors of the study explained, “The majority of patients with migraine or cluster headache do not have sexual activity during headache attacks. Our data suggest, however, that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients.”

How does Sex Cure Migraines?

Well, though the study found a connection between migraine relief and sex, the actions behind the “cure” are somewhat hazy. Researchers believe that the hormones released during sex act as natural painkillers. And these natural painkillers act faster than prescribed ones.

During your orgasm, your body release endorphins. These endorphins are the natural painkillers that very well play a role in the sex and migraines connection.

In fact, endorphins have a morphine type affect on your body and brain. It can act as a numbing effect, settling the nervous system. This happens by decreasing or stopping substance P (pain transmission protein). It can also release more dopamine to settle migraines as well.

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Sex Can Potentially Make Headaches Worse Too

So the research behind sex curing migraines isn’t a final decision. Sex can sometimes worsen headaches, making it not a go-to remedy when migraines hit you like a hammer.

The study found that 33 percent of migraine participants experienced worse pain after sex. It is a 66/33 split on whether it will work. The worsening of migraines could be explained by the physical activity sex requires. It can strain your body, and your orgasm could even cause further strain, making headaches worse after sex.

Should You Have Sex to Relieve Migraines?

It is hard to say. The most important thing you can do is talk to a doctor about your migraines, especially if you have them often. There could be a more serious health issue afoot.

While talking to a doctor, you can bring up the study that found sex to be a remedy for migraines, and they can help hash out the details. Remember, safe sex is best!

If you have questions about migraines, sex, or any other health issue, our doctors are available 24/7. You can talk to a doctor via our free Dr. Chat and get general medical questions answered quickly.


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About Richard Honaker M.D.

Dr. Richard Honaker has over 40 years of experience as a primary care physician specializing in several different areas of medicine. He is able to provide expert case review and analysis for insurance and workers compensation cases as well as providing online medical consultations as the Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online.

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