Sex headache: Causes and Treatment

Author :- Tickle.Life Editorial Team June 18, 2021, 3:03 p.m.
Sex headache: Causes and Treatment

Sex headache is a condition that can be a barrier between you and your orgasms. It is no joke. It's an actual condition that requires medical attention. Let's find out more about this condition in this article.

What is a Sex Headache?

Sex headache is a condition where a person experiences pain in the neck and head. This pain occurs before, during, or after an orgasm. There are two types of sex headaches. One is called Pre-orgasmic headache, which increases with sexual excitement during sex. It is present as a dull ache in the neck and head.

Orgasmic headache is another type of headache related to sex that occurs just before or at the moment of orgasm. It is a sudden intense headache followed by acute head pain. 

The pain of these headaches can sometimes last up to days. For 24 hours, it can exist as severe pain, and for 72 hours, it exists as mild pain. Sex headaches often lead to migraines and decrease sexual arousal. Due to this, you might prefer to refrain from any sexual activity. It can also cause fear of orgasms.

Several nerve and brain-related problems can also occur like stiff neck, nausea, high blood pressure, confusion, and paralysis because of sex headaches. Till any of these nerve and brain-related problem doesn't arise, headaches due to sex is not harmful. 

Who is most likely to suffer from sex headaches?

According to The Journal of Headache and Pain, men are four times more likely to suffer from sex headaches than women. People already suffering from migraines are also more prone to such kinds of headaches.

What are the causes of headaches due to sex?

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There is no well-defined cause for these headaches. It might happen once or can continue for few months. Up to half of the people suffering from headaches caused by sex experience it for six months. 

Contractions in the neck and head muscles cause a mild sex headache. It occurs when there is an increase in sexual excitement.

A minor sex headache is not the same as an orgasm headache. It occurs as a result of high blood pressure, which causes the blood vessels to expand. Orgasm headaches frequently get worse when you move.

Some other causes of sex headache are swelling of an artery wall, inflammation in the brain, coronary artery disease, or intake of any drugs like birth control pills.

What are the treatments for sex headache?

A pain reliever is usually sufficient for most mild sex headaches. Medical attention is required when a nerve problem follows a sex headache. A person having this condition for the first time should seek medical attention to avoid severe problems. In case of sudden pain, you can seek advice from your doctor.

Doctors may give medications or tell you to make changes to your sex life. These drugs are taken as soon as possible before participating in any sexual activity. 

Relaxation exercise can also help to provide relief from the pain of these headaches. These exercises are helpful since any strain on the neck or brain muscles might create a sex headache. These exercises should be done right before any sexual activity, according to doctors.

Another way to have orgasms without any fear of sex headache is trying different sex positions. A sex position that releases pain from the neck or shoulders will also help.

Sex headaches might be scary but, it's not like they are not treatable. 

In most cases, there is nothing to be worried about, but if symptoms such as vomiting, passing out, or a stiff neck accompanies the headache, or if it lasts more than 24 hours, seek medical help as soon as possible.

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