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.