Having Sex Relieves Migraine Pain

Monday, June 03, 2013

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Same thing happens on me. I admit that I'm a cluster headache patient. But once I've read this study, and I've experienced this, it's actually quite effective. No more migraine pills! 

According to the latest findings in the journal Cephalagia, having sex may provide migraine relief. 
This brings good news for women, because we know that 70% of migraine patients worldwide are women.

Migraines are a kind of throbbing headache that may cause nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. Some people get a warning symptom like vision disturbances called an aura before the headache hits. Migraines occur more often in women than men and may run in families. Some women say they have fewer migraines when they are pregnant.

Cluster headaches differ from migraines, and are characterized by chronic, one-sided headaches that can include eye tearing, steady burning and sharp sensations, and stuffy noses. They can occur regularly during one week to one year, and may be spaced out by attack-free periods. A cluster headache can begin as a severe, sudden headache often around the same time of the day you had the last one. They happen more often in men than women and may run in families.

Stefan Evers, Ph.D., the lead researcher of this study, is a neurologist and headache specialist at the University of Munster in Germany. The researcher has surveyed 800 migraine patients and 200 patients who suffer from cluster headaches. Patients were asked to complete a questionnaire about their sexual activity during their headache episodes and write how sex affected the pain.

As the results proved that 60% of migraine patients said that having sex can reduce their migraine pain and 37% of cluster headache patients noticed an improvement after having sex.

There are no reports to show the exact reason that why sex can relief headaches, but one thing we know that is there's a chemical released while having sex, just like endorphins or why we are happy when eating chocolate. You can feel the pleasure, relaxed, and pain-relieving sensation, explained by Donald Penzien, PhD, director of the Head and Pain Clinic at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre, and also a professor in the Department of Psychology.

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