5 SCIENTIFIC DATA THAT RELATES SEX AND HEADACHES
1. According to the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN), rarely sexual activity by itself can trigger a headache without there being any apparent cause to justify it. According to data handled by the SEN, this phenomenon can occur at some point in life in up to 1% of the population.
2. Primary headaches related to sexual activity affect men in 80% of cases. In 75% of cases it is orgasmic headaches, characterized by very intense and sudden headaches that occur just during orgasm, while 25% corresponds to pre-orgasmic headaches, identifiable by a dull pain in the head and the neck associated with contraction of the muscles of the neck or jaw, which develops gradually during sexual activity and increases with excitement.
3. The average duration of pre-orgasmic and orgasmic headaches can vary from just 1 minute to 3 hours, although some slight residual pain may remain for several more hours.
4. According to a recent study from the University School of Medicine Wake Forest, people who suffer from a migraine have more levels of sexual desire than those who suffer from other types of headaches. Apparently, the relationship is that both phenomena – migraine and sexual desire – are linked to low levels of serotonin.
5 . Many of the drugs commonly used in a migraine and other headaches can negatively affect sexual function and therefore the quality of sexual life. According to a study that the SEN coordinated a few years ago, at least 20% of patients treated for migraines reported a clear decrease in sexual desire and up to 45% of them claimed to have suffered a sexual disorder related to medication occasionally.