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Sex Headaches

Some people get headaches from sexual activity.

The most common kind of sex headache is a sudden, stabbing pain that happens just after orgasm.

Another kind of sex headache builds gradually as orgasm approaches. It might start as a dull pain on both sides your head. You might also feel it in your jaw and neck. The more sexually excited you become, the worse the headache gets.

Sex headaches are usually nothing to worry about, but they can certainly be a problem. In a recent National Headache Foundation survey, 69% of the people polled said they had avoided sex because of headaches. Men tend to get them more frequently than women.

What can you do? First, see your doctor.  Most of the time, sex headaches are not serious. Some don’t even need treatment. But to be on the safe side, your doctor might want to order a CT scan or MRI to make sure there aren’t problems with blood vessels in your brain.

Your doctor can also prescribe medication. Some people take indomethacin (an anti-inflammatory drug) or triptans (anti-migraine drugs) an hour before sex. People with more serious cases might take a daily beta blocker, which can be used to treat high blood pressure, glaucoma, and migraines.

Other people find relief by taking regular over-the-counter pain medication about an hour before sex. Or, their partner can massage their head and neck muscles so they’re less tense during sex.