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Can Sex Cure Your Migraine?

Can Sex Cure Your Migraine?

“Right now, honey—I have a headache!”

Is that how it goes? It might be after you hear the latest from researchers in Germany. There have been murmurings over the past few years that sex might be a headache cure, but those findings were based on small-scale studies—so a group of neurologists at the University of Münster recently decided to put the debate to bed. They sent a survey to 1,000 migraine and cluster headache sufferers with questions about sexual activity during headaches.

About four out of ten responded. Among those who suffered from migraines, 60 percent reported that sex provided relief from the headache. On the downside though, a third said sex actually worsened their headache. Those who suffered from cluster headaches—which often cause debilitating pain some say is worse than childbirth—weren’t so lucky. Only a third reported relief during sex, and a full 50 percent said sex worsened the cluster headache.

So which will it be for you? Study researcher Stefan Evers points to endorphins, telling LiveScience that “the same people who release endorphins from extreme sports activity, so a triathlon or marathon, it might be that these are the patients who release endorphins during sexual activity.” So if you get “runner’s high,” the sex cure may be more likely to work for you.

Currently without partner? Don’t be afraid to take matters into your own hands. It’s orgasm, not partner sex, that releases endorphins.

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Diana Vilibert

Diana Vilibert is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. You can be blog-friends with her at dianavilibert.com, or tweet her at @dianavilibert.

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4:00PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

has worked for me in the past

9:18AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I have a migraine right now.

2:46PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

hi i get a dose of the sneezing after orgasm any cures

12:07PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

It works for me

9:59AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thanks for the healing info..!

7:59PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

thanks

10:48PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

I guess it depends what is causing the headaches.

9:56PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Colleen P, you always have such interesting posts.

11:49AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

maybe she has crippling erotophobia. mine is not to cripling. if it were i'd not want to torture someone with badly drawn, bad idea porn drawings. like redrawing "lemon party", but with ET, Yoda, Dobby the House Elf, and Gollum. maybe throw in Rodger from "American Dad" in the mix.

5:09AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Teresa W. I would not advocate the ridiculous notion that there are health benefits to all sins at all. But sex does have many healh benefits not to be sneered at. And if you think sex is vile, maybe you need to talk to a psychiatrist.

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