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22 Apr 2003

headache after orgasm
I am a 44 year old woman and in the last two weeks every time after i reach orgasm with my partner i experience an intense headache similar to migraine pain. The pain is intense for about half an hour and then slowly subsides during the course of the day but never goes away completely until the next morning after complete sleep. What could the cause of this be and does it require medical attention and if so who should i consult my gp or gyneacologist.
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01 Jan 0001

Why the headache occurs:
Sex can cause two sorts of headaches.
· As sexual excitement increases, there is often dull, cramping, tight feeling at the back of the head. This is probably due to excessive contraction of the muscles of the neck.
· At the moment of orgasm there can be a sudden, severe pain. This is probably due to contraction of some of the small blood vessels in the brain, similar to migraine. This pain generally lasts less than an hour, but may be gone in 10 minutes or linger for a few hours. It usually has a throbbing quality.

Some people have only one of these headaches, but many people have both, so they experience a headache that increase with sexual excitement and culminates in explosive headache at orgasm.

For males: Another cause of headaches during sex is Viagra (sidenafil) – a pill for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Headache is one of its side effects.

What you can do about it:
Most people find they are more prone to these headaches when they are :
· Tired or under stress
· Attempting intercourse for the second or third time in close succession
· Using an uncomfortable strenuous position

Try to avoid these situations! If you mainly have the dull headache at the back of the neck, make a deliberate effort to relax your neck muscles. This usually relieves it. If you suffer from the severe headache at orgasm, see your doctor who will be able to check that there is no serious reason and may be able to prescribe a drug such as propranolol to prevent it.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
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