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Can Sex Relieve Migraine Pain?

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Not just sex but also masturbation can help relieve migraine pain. Migraine pain is related with low levels of endorphins and serotonin. This improves during orgasm as the body releases these chemicals and hormones that decrease the sensation of pain and induce a sense of pleasure, providing relief from migraine pain. Try it. But if you are prone to headaches after an orgasm, be warned that this method won't serve you well.

Sex has many health benefits, and one of them might be relieving migraines. Doubtful? Here’s proof.

Sex Improves Migraine Pain

A 2013 study found that in certain patients, sexual activity improved migraine pain or cluster headaches, which are severe, one-sided recurring head pains. In fact, more patients reported moderate to complete relief from migraines or cluster headaches following sexual activity than those who reported headaches as worsening.1

Thanks To The Endorphins Sex Releases

There’s no clear understanding yet as to why this happens, but their educated assumption is that it could be because of the rush of endorphins released during orgasm.

Endorphins Lower Pain Sensation

Endorphins have a morphine-like function on the nervous system and can decrease the patient’s sensation of pain either by inhibiting substance P, the protein required for pain transmission, or by releasing more dopamine, which heightens the sensation of pleasure.2

Migraine Patients Have Low Endorphin Levels

It has been found that low levels of beta endorphins in the blood and the cerebrospinal fluid are related with migraine. People have been found to have low beta endorphin levels during an attack, and those with chronic migraine have lower levels than those with episodic migraines.3

Serotonin Also Plays A Role

It has also been found that a low neurotransmission of the neurtotransmitter serotonin leads to migraine pain and associated symptoms.4 A recent study in the journal Headache reports that the neurotransmitter serotonin is also released during sex. This neurotransmitter is also creates an overall feel-good sensation. Thus even this could be the contributing factor.

Adds up, doesn’t it? Sexual activity helps release endorphins and serotonin that numb the sensation of pain, providing relief from migraine, and increase the feeling of relaxation and happiness.

Masturbating May Also Help

Because orgasm is what causes the rush of endorphins, masturbation might be just as helpful, if not a more convenient option. A case study reports that a female patient who resorted to clitoral and/or vaginal masturbation at the onset of a migraine headache found relief in cases of mild to moderately severe migraine attacks. As the period of relaxation following this sexual activity helped her sleep better, her pain situation improved significantly.5

Does Sex Always Relieve Migraines?

However, you must be warned that sex or masturbation may not help everyone. In some, they may instead trigger a migraine attack or worsen an existing one. This is because sex can be considered an activity that requires some exertion and may put pressure on the back and the neck. Sex might not work especially if you have a history of explosive headaches at the point of orgasm.

References   [ + ]

1.Hambach, Anke, Stefan Evers, Oliver Summ, Ingo W. Husstedt, and Achim Frese. “The impact of sexual activity on idiopathic headaches: An observational study.” Cephalalgia 33, no. 6 (2013): 384-389.
2.Sprouse-Blum, Adam S., Greg Smith, Daniel Sugai, and F. Don Parsa. “Understanding endorphins and their importance in pain management.” Hawaii Med J 69, no. 3 (2010): 70-1
3.Misra, Usha K., Jayantee Kalita, Gyanesh M. Tripathi, and Sanjeev K. Bhoi. “Is β endorphin related to migraine headache and its relief?.” Cephalalgia 33, no. 5 (2013): 316-322.
4.Hamel, E. “Serotonin and migraine: biology and clinical implications.” Cephalalgia 27, no. 11 (2007): 1293-1300.
5.Uca, Ali Ulvi, and Hasan Hüseyin Kozak. “Masturbation and orgasm as migraine headache treatment: Report of a case.” Neurology Asia 20, no. 2 (2015): 185-186.
CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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125 comments
Liesl Hermann
Liesl Hermann 5pts

Ye like spewing all over my partner is a great aphrodisiac. .. Lol.

Kedar Karki
Kedar Karki 5pts

A lots of thanks for valuable information.

Judy Jacobs
Judy Jacobs 5pts

Yes. Sex is the greatest pain reliever But so is swimming but it is difficult to sleep in a pool

Ashish Bhatnagar
Ashish Bhatnagar 5pts

Yes... It helps in relieving headaches and migraines. Tried and tested formula.

Alicia Hite
Alicia Hite 5pts

They obviously have never had one! I hope they all get one and are approached as they are pucking their guts out wanting to die! No empathy from Ayurveda here,really starting to go downhill with posts!

Ivy Mariano
Ivy Mariano 5pts

Assuming much that i wanna do it with you, duh! !! STINKY FREAK....!!!

Nicole Petitt
Nicole Petitt 5pts

Thanks Michael Dudek for thinking of me. But, mine usually get worse. Maybe I'm having bad sex. Lol

Gia Guyton
Gia Guyton 5pts

I don't know about migraines but works every time for regular ole' headaches. ;)

Shivani Dixit
Shivani Dixit 5pts

just for someone!!and your children may be others"" no dought

Orange Moon
Orange Moon 5pts

I am diagnosed with classic migraines and sex along with chiropractic manipulation are good prevention for me along with my meds. Nothing can stop a migraine during the attack but an abortive. My pain is so horrible I try everything.

Tara Kh
Tara Kh 5pts

Lmao.. it dont always work :-P

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

May be you need to give it a try!.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Caroline Maul It might not work for everybody, but does for a lot of people! :)

Petra Lita DeWolfe
Petra Lita DeWolfe 5pts

Yes! It works amazingly! I often say, I have a headache so let's do it ;-)

Keai Beasley
Keai Beasley 5pts

Sometimes I feel a headache approach while having sex what's that mean help

Sarah Isaac Darrel Peterson
Sarah Isaac Darrel Peterson 5pts

Kimberly Spooner Ramirez, well no wonder you can't get relief from your migraines... Your hubby is always gone! Lol! \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Kendra Horn
Kendra Horn 5pts

Make them worse... definitely makes them worse. Can even trigger them. >.>

Liesl Hermann
Liesl Hermann 5pts

Who came up with this myth? I don't even want anyone to talk to me when I have a migraine.

Andrew Glover
Andrew Glover 5pts

Yes it can, don't need to read the article to know that!

Flip Saxyman
Flip Saxyman 5pts

I've got abut of a head this morn I'll try it. Lol

Natalie Cox
Natalie Cox 5pts

Seriously when you have a migraine all you want to do is hide from light and everything else